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PORTER-CABLE Debuts New Technology with Low Profile Sander

Innovative Motor and Design Simplify Sanding


ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2008) – PORTER-CABLE unveiled the latest innovation in sanding today with its Low Profile Sanders during the 2008 International Builders’ Show (IBS) at Booth W1501 from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16 in Orlando, Fla. The new sanders, models 390, 390K, 392 and 394, feature new patent pending ENDURATECH™ motor technology for improved productivity, durability and control.

The ENDURATECH™ motor, rated at three amps, uses brushless technology that reduces the number of wearable components by 71 percent – giving the motor 5 to 10 times longer life in testing compared to traditional palm grip sander motors. Besides increased durability, the Low Profile Sander features two innovations for improved results: electronic load control and electronic motor braking. Electronic load control helps maintain pad speed by monitoring motor output and increasing power under load conditions whereas traditional random orbit sanders slow down as bias (or down force) is applied to the tool.  In testing, the sander removed material up to 42 percent faster than traditional random orbit sanders. 

Electronic motor braking stops the sander almost immediately – 73 percent faster than traditional sanders during testing – so the user can safely set the sander down without waiting for the pad to stop. As for its unique shape, PORTER-CABLE borrowed from the low profile design of pneumatic sanders to leverage the ENDURATECH™ motor and reduce the tool’s overall height.  The lowered center of gravity places the users’ hand 31 percent closer to the material being sanded for improved ergonomics and a smoother finish.

The Low Profile Sanders, models 390, 390K, 392 and 394, also feature:

·        A five-inch sanding pad surface.

·        Variable motor speed, 7,000 to 12,000 orbits per minute, and random orbit.

·        Hook and loop sanding pads (390 and 390K only).

·        Built-in 1 to 1.5 inch vacuum hose attachment (390, 394 and 390K).

·         PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) sanding pads (392 and 394 only).

The PORTER-CABLE® Low Profile Sander will be available in June 2008 and carry a suggested retail price of $129.


About PORTER-CABLE and DELTA Machinery

With a combined 189 years of woodworking experience, PORTER-CABLE and DELTA Machinery design and manufacture the industry’s most complete line-up of portable, stationary and benchtop woodworking power tools, equipment and related accessories for professional woodworkers. Together, the brands have a history of industry-changing innovation, including introducing the world’s first helical drive circular saw, first hand-held belt sander, first motorized miter saw, first portable belt sander, and first 10-inch tilting arbor saw.

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