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Craftsman 17556 4.5 amp Corded 6" Sander/Polisher

Item# 00917556000P | Model# 17556 | Added on July 26, 2010 |
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Craftsman 17556 4.5 amp Corded 6" Sander/Polisher
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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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By toymatt
February 23rd, 2012
powerful and flexible BUT with a huge drawback: lack of durabily

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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


yours truly,


an ambivilant customer, aka matt melena

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By Perry2
September 17th, 2007

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.

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Great tool!


I haven't it used it very much yet but it seems very sturdy and comfortable to hold. It is powerful enough to get the job done. The two speed trigger is also nice.

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great for this ameteur...


Have only used once, but it does a good job.

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I did a fine waxing in my car


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Good quality


I used it to wax my car and loved it

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