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Craftsman 6 In. Sander/Polisher
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Craftsman 6 In. Sander/Polisher

Item# 00917556000P | Model# 17556 | Added on July 26, 2010
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6-In Sander/Polisher

Powerful 4.5 amp motor provides plenty of power for most sanding and polishing operations. 1400 RPM (revolutions per minute) no load speed is the optimum speed to apply different types of waxes and compounds. This speed is also perfect for the removal and buffing of final coatings. 1650 RPM is great for rust removal and sanding rough wood or metal.Feature Benefits
  • Spindle lock capability simplifies changing paper, pads or bonnets
  • Double reduction spur/bevel gears smoothly and efficiently transfers power
  • Ball and sleeve bearings are permanently lubricated for long service-free life
  • Flanged auxiliary handle mounts to right or left side
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5 found this review helpful
by goldfly
August 1st, 2007
A solution to the bonnet problem

For the price, the tool itself works very well. The bonnets are useless like every other reviewer said. You can however, buy hook and loop strips with a sticky backing and place them on the original backing plate and then use foam pads or wool pads that accept hook and loop. This works surprisingly good and is cheaper than buying a hook and loop backing plate that doesn't exist. ;)

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by navycwo2
June 25th, 2007
2 stars

Bonnet comes apart after only a couple minutes use. Sears needs to come up with a hook and loop back plate and foam pads to make this a very good buffer. No aftermarker back plates are available because it has an odd ball size spindle. As it is, it will sit unused in the garage until quality pads are made for it or I get rid of it.

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marlongarza

sander polisher

excellent

August 7th via sears.com
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David Clamp
January 10th, 2013
BRIAN SCHIFFMAN
January 1st, 2013
SHEILA MARIE SAVITS

smoother

Great for smoothing wooden items

December 28th, 2012
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toymatt

powerful and flexible BUT with a huge drawback: lack of durabily

<p>i used and loved this tool for over twenty years. the first one i bought was NOT called a sander polisher...IT was called a sander/grinder. both tools worked excellent, when new...but your new sander polisher has been changed in some way VERY much for the worse. either you have started using smaller, cheaper brush heads on the motor, or you've changed the way the cooling fan ventilates the motor. whatever you have changed was a very bad change...</p>
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<p>since my first tool,(which i used heavily, and professionally for OVER 20 years) finally died of old age i have had to replace it with your new, vastly inferior version about once a year...and most recently you've changed something which has caused me to have to replace teh tool after as few as 4 hours of hard use as a sander.</p>
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<p>if the tool cannot take the dust it produces in the act of sanding why do you even make it? i suspect, that as a polisher it would last for another 20 years....but with whatever cost cutting changes have been made to it, the tool cannot long function as a sander. it begins to smell funny, then it begins to stutter, and finally it dies all together. on my most recent one it died in less than 4 hours. a new record of cruddyness.</p>
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<p>i would not keep buying the tool, if i had not become addicted to it during the 20 years i used the first enarnation of it... it works like no other tool i have used WHILE IT IS WORKING...the problem being it just self destructs.</p>
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<p>i'd be VERY CURIOUS to hear from one of your tool designers about this tool. i cannot be the only one having this problem with it.</p>
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<p>yours truly,</p>
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<p>an ambivilant customer, aka matt melena</p>

February 23rd, 2012 via sears.com
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bobmehl

Good value, easy to use.

<p>I purchased this polisher for a specific use but have found it very handy. &nbsp;It did the job I bought it for and more. &nbsp;It has a good balance and weight so it's easy to use.</p>

September 17th, 2010 via sears.com
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raintree

craftsman 4.5 amp sander/polisher

<p>I purchased this for finishing my garage and polishing the car. If I had the extra money then I would have purchased the dust free sander that received great reviews and is under $40. My husband loved it for polishing the car. The original bonnet that came with the item is better than the one sold individually.</p>

June 10th, 2010 via sears.com
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shadow-knows

Adaptable and meets my needs

<p>I like being able to polish or sand my own items. I've already buffed &amp; polished mnay autos with great results. Little known fact is larger pads will also fit &amp; function on this model.</p>
<p>The size doesn't wear me out before I can get the job done and it always works as expected.</p>
<p>************** used to be my 1st stop , but trust me Sears for power tools is now my only stop. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

November 11th, 2009 via sears.com
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270403

Great little sander

I haven't used this polisher/sander as a polisher - but as a sander, it has done an excellent job for me on several projects. Most recently, I used it as a sander to strip my entire patio cover. Coupled with 40 grit sanding pads, this tool worked like a champ. The only gripe I have is that the trigger-lock will only work with the tool at full-speed (which on a big job like my patio cover - becomes a little bit of an issue). Sanding with this unit is more efficient at lower speeds, and it would have been nice to lock the speed in at a lower RPM. Otherwise, it's a GREAT value for the dollar.

October 5th, 2007 via sears.com
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Perry2

Polisher

The bad thing is it uses the bonnets which are horrible. Ended up manufacturing a bushing so I could adapt a velcro backing plate to it. It now serves it's purpose otherwise it was worthless.

September 17th, 2007 via sears.com
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goldfly

A solution to the bonnet problem

For the price, the tool itself works very well. The bonnets are useless like every other reviewer said. You can however, buy hook and loop strips with a sticky backing and place them on the original backing plate and then use foam pads or wool pads that accept hook and loop. This works surprisingly good and is cheaper than buying a hook and loop backing plate that doesn't exist. ;)

August 1st, 2007 via sears.com
5 of 5 found this review helpful.
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navycwo2

2 stars

Bonnet comes apart after only a couple minutes use. Sears needs to come up with a hook and loop back plate and foam pads to make this a very good buffer. No aftermarker back plates are available because it has an odd ball size spindle. As it is, it will sit unused in the garage until quality pads are made for it or I get rid of it.

June 25th, 2007 via sears.com
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hoyt1

fhe bonnets

the only thing that i have against the polisher is that the pads fly apart way to quickly. the polsher should come with a big buffer like pad thats a little more reliable. other than that it is the best buy nationwide for anyone looking for a polisher.

June 10th, 2007 via sears.com
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EUGENE2150

craftsman 6inch polisher

I like the way it fits in your hand and the 2speeds are a plus but the downside is the pads they make it useless for buffing.I would strongly suggest a upgrade to the pad.If you were to do this it would be a much needed improvement and would score alot better

May 16th, 2007 via sears.com
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joelunchbox

arbor size is very frustrating

good basic tool but if sears would offer a hook and loop style backing plate for this it would be a 5 star tool. very frustrating trying to get a quality pad for this...not frustrating, impossible.

May 2nd, 2007 via sears.com
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trazzo

Lacking

I bought this buffer without checking to see if any high quality buffing pads were available. The price is right but the inexpensive &quot;bonnets&quot; don't stay on and do a very poor job. Craftsman uses an oddball size arbor that aftermarket foam pads won't fit.

February 18th, 2007 via sears.com
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trazzo

Lacking

I bought this buffer without checking to see if any high quality buffing pads were available. The price is right but the inexpensive &amp;quot;bonnets&amp;quot; don't stay on and do a very poor job. Craftsman uses an oddball size arbor that aftermarket foam pads won't fit.

February 18th, 2007 via craftsman.com
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