Porter-Cable 362V Review

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PORTER-CABLE 362V 4-Inch by 24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander
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PORTER-CABLE 362V 4-Inch by 24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander
  • owerful 12.0 amp motor provides professional power
  • Motor is located over platen for maximum performance and perfect balance
  • Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces
  • Variable-speed dial is conveniently placed on the handle
  • allows belt speed adjustment from 1,000 to 1,500 SFPM

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The Porter-Cable 362V belt sander is a high-powered machine designed for use by professional contractors and serious woodworkers who need to do a lot of work in a small amount of time. With its wide 4″ surface and 12 AMP power, it can quickly remove large amounts of material from a surface.

The Porter-Cable 362V is designed for heavy, long-term use. As such, metal parts are used wherever possible, with plastic being used only where necessary for safety and practicality. Additionally, the internal mechanical system has a “labyrinth” style design in an effort to prevent dirt and dust from entering the mechanics of the machine, further increasing their longevity, and reducing the need for disassembly maintenance. The dust is fed into the attached dust bag, which is designed for quick and easy removal and emptying. The dust outlet can also be connected to a shop vac or other external location for larger jobs.

At 12 lbs, the Porter-Cable 362V is massive, which is befitting its heavy duty purpose. It is not intended for light resurfacing or finishing jobs but instead working with very rough surfaces which need to be smoothed, leveled or stripped. This makes it ideal for working on boats, exterior and interior walls, and floors, although it is much too large for furniture. Indeed, with a 1,000 to 1,500 sfpm adjustable belt speed, it may even be too powerful for a countertop or table. However, it would be very welcome when refinishing hardwood floors or stripping old paint from a building exterior.

Porter-Cable 362V Video

Here is a YouTube video by an owner of a Porter-Cable 362V discussing its use: