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Porter Cable 390K

Highlight: Built-in electronic load control maintains constant operating speed for consistent smoothness.

Tester: Mike Maurer, Cudahy, Wis.

Skill level: Pro ("I've been a union carpenter for 15 years.")

Used tool for: Sanding replacement feet for a red oak TV caddy.

Verdict: "With minimal effort, this sander quickly removed saw marks and burns. Its dust collection system left minimal surface residue and only a few airborne particles."

Tool stats: Variable speed, 7,000–12,000 opm, 3.5 amps, 2.1 pounds, canister dust collector.

Price: About $130; Porter Cable

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