SXE 450 Random-Orbit Sander Review
This pistol-grip sander from Metabo has two modes: one for fine finishing and the other for aggressive but controllable material removal
Except for minor differences, this is the same dual-mode sander as the Ridgid R2610. Like its cousin, it has two modes: a 1/8-in. orbit for fine finishing and a 1/4-in. orbit for aggressive but controllable material removal. Changing modes was awkward, however, requiring the user to rotate the pad by hand. The standard paper dust bag was below average, but the accessory cloth bag worked far better. The front handle was instantly removable for getting into restricted areas. This sander produced less than average vibration, but it was a bit heavy for extended vertical use. This is a solid, well-made tool. A single-mode version with a 5-in. pad is available (model SXE 425).
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