a Metabo random orbit sander
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Metabo SXE 450 Turbotec

5 stars
Price: $247; Metabo
Test results: Left a first-class, no-swirl finish with all grits on all three woods. 80 dB.
Dust collection: excellent.
My two cents: "This is the quietest sander, with no excessive vibration. It has two sanding modes: one with a ¼-inch orbit pattern for rough work, and another with -inch orbits for finish sanding. A 'turbo' option boosts sanding speed even higher."
Tool stats: 4.9 pounds, variable speeds, 13,100 max rpm, 8-foot cord.
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