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Woodythepecker

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Anyone see Norm and his handheld bobbin sander? It looked like is was manufactured by Porter Cable.

How long have these been on the market? It looked a bit battered so it has to have been about for some time. I usually try to keep up to date with the power tool market but this one obviously got by me, so where the heck have i been. Alien Abduction i Wonder :shock: ?

I do not know if it is any good. I think that i would prefer my floor standing model. But there again mine is not portable so i suppose that it has got its uses.

What do you think?

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That sad website which lists all of Norm's tools episode by episode comes in useful here :lol: - this must be the one you mean, Woody?

http://woodbutcher.net/images/normstools/pc-121.htm

According to the site it had already been around for a couple of years before Norm used it. The first episode listed here was from 2003 apparently, so it must have been around for 3 or 4 years now. Haven't seen anyone selling them in the UK though.

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Wasn't their a thread on this already?

Adam*

*Whos a bit busy to search it out at the moment?
 

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Yes thats the one Neil. 4 years and they don't sell it over here, no wonder i haven't come across it then.

Adam i did do a search but i couldn't find anything.

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Warning - as soon as I clicked on the hyperlink above, my AV sprung into action, dealing with a Browser Modifier.

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I have one of those sanders and it is pretty handy. Bench Dog made a router table insert plate on which that sander can be mounted for inverted use. I have the plate installed on the router and don't bother to remove it usually when hand holding the sander. I have since modified the router table so that the plate for the sander doesn't fit but I usually just clamp it on the corner of my bench and that works fine.

I suspect the reason that it isn't anavailable on your side of the pond is that it doesn't come with a riving knife or some other safety thingummy. :lol:
 

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I am sure I have seeen this for sale here. Wasn't it in one of Rutland's catalogues?

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I":1wzfr8gm said:
Haven't seen anyone selling them in the UK though
I tell a lie - it is on the Porter Cable UK website under sanders. Quite steep at £296.55 though :shock: - I bet you didn't have to pay $513 for it, Dave! :lol:

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<edit, oops, crossed over with froglet & wizer there :oops:
 

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WiZeR":3s2a077c said:
what use does a hand held one have? I missed the Norm episode.
When Norm has used it, it has been for things that are too big & heavy to take to his static version - eg this mornings episode was a king-size bed headboard.

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In fact I think that is an ex. VAT price so it is probably more like $600!

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Dave R":3n6m2t52 said:
Good grief! I could probably buy one and ship it over to you for less than that.
Careful, you could have a long line of UK woodworkers asking for you to send an every increasing number of Normite tools acrosss the pond. :shock: :roll: :wink:
 

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Thanks guys, even after all this time i am still astounded at the unbelievable difference in price between the UK and US.

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:D there you go dave R new job on the horizon ukworkshop forum USA supplys :shock: :roll: 8)

just typing the list now (now were was I ho yes page 10)

:D :D :D :D

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Dave R - Yes, do be careful like Dave L says, the variation in prices between UK and US is a constant cause of frustration to English woodies & one (of many) reasons I'm now in Czechland. Talk about 'rip off Britain' If I need to import something I now look first to Germany, then USA, and ONLY then to UK.
Even Jaycar Electronics in Oz is cheaper!!
 
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