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Skil 7490-01

Highlight: Sealed power switch keeps dust out for longer tool life.

Tester: Joe O'Brien, Enid, Okla.

Skill level: Seasoned DIYer ("I've built cabinetry and furniture.")

Used tool for: Preparing a painted pine door and its casing for a new coat of paint.

Verdict: "Although the sander worked well, it was so efficient at collecting dust that I had to stop every few minutes to empty the collector."

Tool stats: Single speed, 12,000 opm, 2.4 amps, 3.5 pounds, canister dust collector.

Price: About $50; Skil

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