3M Elite Series Sanders
3M has raised the bar in the world of random orbital sanders for wood and metal finishing. The new sanders released on July 1, 2011 feature the same great clean-sand dust collection technology in the sanding process for the vac-ready and SGV Self-generating Vacuum Models.
The reason for this efficiency is two-fold. First, they have developed a unique dust hole pattern that is a series of small dust collection holes arranged in a swirl pattern. These swirls follow the random orbit of the pad to ĀgchaseĀh after the dust as it is moving outward. The second feature is the 3M Filtrete dust collection bag. This is a HEPA 5 stage filter bag that is attached at the exhaust port. This also means there isnĀft a hose and bag being dragged across the workpiece.
The new features include enclosing the muffler in the house so they no longer break off. Also, the motor housing has been upgraded to aluminum. Testing indicated these as more durable during the occasional knock off the workbench. They are available in Non-vac, Self-Generating Vacuum, and Central-Vac Ready models, with orbit sizes of 5/16Āć, 3/16Āć, and 3/32Āć. (Not all orbits are available in all sizes.)
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