PORTER-CABLE 382 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander

By Robert Robillard on Tool Reviews

PORTER -CABLE 5″ Random Orbital Sander Model 382 Review:Random Orbit Sander

I’ve been using PORTER -CABLE tools for many many years and currently own and regularly use 4 different sanders, all for different applications.

For general purpose sanding in the shop and on the job site I favor a random orbital sander and one that is small and light enough not to cause me fatigue.

The PORTER -CABLE Model 382 is just that. It’s a no frills, reasonably priced, reliable,  work horse sander.

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First Impression:

The PORTER-CABLE 382 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander has a slow start controlled finishing system which helps prevent gouging your work surface if your touching it.   It also has a dual-plane counter-balanced fan to make the machine vibrate less, reducing fatigue – a huge plus!

The power switch is protected with a dust-sealed cover and the motor is sealed with 100 percent ball-bearing construction. this sander takes 5″ eight hole, hook and loop sand paper.

An easy removable dust bag is provided and when the bad is removed there is a dust extraction hose adapter that fits different size vacuum hoses.

Using the PORTER -CABLE 382 :

This sander performs as expected – excellent.  It’s a no frills sander that provides you with a quality finish.  If I were designing this tool I would make a longer cord and make the dust extractor connector attach easier and more secure.

This sander was designed with two grips in mind; a top grip and a web grip.  I found it to be super comfortable in my hands and I preferred holding it in the web of my hand.

How Much And Where To Buy:

At $49.00 online how can you not own two of these sanders.  I have one in my shop and one in my job site trailer.  You can find this excellent sander online here: PORTER-CABLE-382-5-Inch-Random-Sander


This review contains my opinion of a product. I take pride in providing my readers with honest and objective information as well as a practical approach to using a product. I never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Many of the tools and products are provided to for free by a manufacturer for review.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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