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PORTER-CABLE 382 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander

by Porter-Cable

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Product Features

  • UPC: 885911210324
  • Weight: 3.40 kg

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number382
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions20.3 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm
Item model number382
Item Package Quantity1
Weight1.6 kilograms
Length20.3 centimeter
Width22.9 centimeter
Height17.8 centimeter
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #8,115 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.4 Kg
Date First AvailableNov. 4 2011
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Product Description

Orbit sander. Provides maximum sanding speed for smooth finishes. Dust sealed switch protects against dust ingestion for longer switch life. Sealed 100 percent ball bearing construction. 5 . Length: 6.5. Width: 5.87. Height: 9.5

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  56 reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars porter cable 382 Jan. 16 2012
By ted607 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my second sander from porter cable. The first worked fine for about 10+ years. The pad eventually broke down and the replacement was more than 50% of a new sander. The new sander did not work as well as the old one. It did not seem to get the RPM's. I discovered the piece under the sanding pad to collect more dust was inhabiting the rpm's. I removed the piece and the rpm's were increased and seems to work much better. I also noticed that the new sander seemed to warm up more in my hand while running than the old one. I just finished my first project with the new sander and I'm pleased with it.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 5 2012
By Brian The Lion - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a home woodworker (although an avid one). When the electric version of the random orbital sander made it's appearance, I just had to have one. Watching Norm Abram use his (back in the mid 80's) convinced me that I needed one of those. At that time I bought a little 4 1/2" Ryobi which I used since those days and which has served me well. It still works, but it's quite ratty-looking, so I went ahead and bought this Porter Cable unit. Suffice it to say that random orbital technology has improved since the days when I bought the Ryobi. This unit is a no-frills orbital, and it works fine. There is little to complain about, and little to brag about. Just select the grade of sandpaper, stick it on the velcro, hit the switch and go to down. The positives are that my sander has not failed to perform, and the velcro grips the disks quite securely (something that was beginning to wear out on my old Ryobi). The negatives (and I don't mean that these are major problems)...the dust collection "retainer" box is flimsy, poorly attached, and fills up quickly. I don't really see a purpose for this, except that it gives the illusion that you won't have "fine sawdust problems" with this sander. I bumped mine against a faceframe while sanding a shelf, and the whole dust-box assembly popped off and fell on the floor spilling it's contents on the carpet. Just as well...it was packed full anyway and obviously wasn't functioning to collect sawdust at that point. I didn't even bother putting it back on. Second "con" that I have is that this unit would benefit from some kind of braking system (even if it were a manual brake). When you turn the power off, the thing continues to whirrrr and orbit for a bit before you can set it down. Unless of course you plop it down while in motion, but even then you'd better hold onto it so that it doesn't "walk" off your workbench. I know, I know...you shouldn't pick it up off the workpiece until it has stopped motion...but who really does that? My experience has been that the random orbital sander will be prone to scratching up your workpiece as it slows and finally comes to a stop. A little brake of some kind would be a great addition to this unit. Otherwise...I think this is a fine little unit and accomplishes what I need it to do at a "homeshop" hobby level. Journeyman woodworkers and professional-grade furnituremakers would never use such a tool, but for us homepun-guys, it's absolutely adequate.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay, Older Mdl Better Aug. 25 2012
By Patrick L. Mccabe - Published on Amazon.com
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This Mdl 382 is okay, but my older PC Mdl 343 is, overall a better sander. The main issues are: 1. The newer model is not ergonomic, or at least not as much as the older model. It's just not comfortable to hold for an extended period of time. 2. The new model gets hot real quick. The top of the sander, right where you hold it gets hot after about 3 to 4 minutes of sanding. I'm an avid hobbyist woodworker and use the sander a lot. Seems like they made an error here - guessing they cut the cost of producing the sander.

My older sander's hook and loop pad went bad (for the second time) and it costs about $25.00 including shipping for a new pad, so I decided after 7 years or so, it was time for a new sander. Wrong move - should have ordered the new pad - actually, just as soon as I finish writing this review, I'll order the replacement pad and I'll have 2 sanders!

All-in-all I can't say the newer model isn't a decent sander, just not as comfortable to use as the older model.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Porter cable 382 5 inch random orbit sander Oct. 16 2012
By BigL - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered 2 sanders for my woodshop.The earlier PC 333 sanders i have seem to have much more power.Both Of the new 382's stop turning when even very light pressure is applied.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tool Sept. 5 2011
By theDennismiller - Published on Amazon.com
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The sander is a very nice and useable tool. I would recommend it. You need to be careful when removing the sandpaper -- the pad can tear.