First dust collector that I've ever loved. While I was sanding, I just pulled it off and shook it out. It didn't seem like much. Just pulled it apart to clean it, and it was full! A very pleasant surprise.
Not a bad sander...worked well while stripping an old door. Would get 3 stars but the three sheets of sand paper and sheet punch were missing when I opened the box. If you dont have the hole punch the sander won't suck dust into the box.
I have been using this model sander for a few years. It works really well and can be hooked up to a wet vac system for best dust removal.... The price is getting alittle too high but get it on sale...
Okay it is a decent sander. Here's the problem - sandpaper. This sander claims it uses 1/3 sheet sandpaper BUT it does not accept the industry standard 1/3 sheet cut sandpaper! Beats me where online at Sears to purchase the sandpaper for this thing. This sander does not hold sandpaper on its stage like a DeWalt, it has a front and rear spring lever clamp. That's what sanders 20 years ago were like. So, you have to cut sheet sandpaper yourself if you want to use it. I guess that is why Sears is selling it at 52% off. If you have the time to sit and cut sheets of sandpaper that's fine - but most people do not have the time for such a mundane task. Because of the sandpaper issue I would not recommend this sander.
A good sheet sander overall. Performance is good to excellent, though paper quality has much to do with that. The paper holder works well, as does dust collection. Noise level is moderate, more than my orbital sander and less than the annoying high-pitched whine of my 1/4 sheet sander, both of which are different big name brands. In this Craftsman, vibration transferred to hand is moderate, good in the top part of the handle and a bit high in the back extended part. Overall, I'm happy with the product.
Most power tools these days are made either by Stanley Black and Decker (B&D, Porter Cable, Craftsman at ***** and Dewalt) or Techtronic of Hong Kong (Ryobi, Milwaukee and probably many Ridgid power tools) Bosch and Makita are separate brands. It is likely Sears Craftsman tools are made in the same factories that make some of the above power tools.