Porter-Cable 352VS 3″x21″ Variable Speed Belt Sander Review

By Todd Fratzel on Product Reviews

Porter-Cable 352VS Belt Sander Review

Porter-Cable 352VS 3x21 Variable Speed Belt SanderBelt sanders are great for medium to heavy duty parallel grain sanding. Our crew at work uses the Porter-Cable 352VS 8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander for all of our serious sanding projects like decks, flooring, doors and cabinetry.

352VS Belt Sander Features

According to the manufacturer the 352VS offers the following:

  • Variable-speed dial 850-1,300 SFPM
  • Belt & gear drive for professional durability
  • Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces
  • Dust bag swivels 360°
  • Fingertip belt-tracking knob
  • Quick-release belt-change lever
  • Motor is located over platen for maximum performance and perfect balance
  • 8 Amp motor, AC only

Product Review Thoughts

Porter-Cable Belt SanderWe’ve used this belt sander for all kinds of applications from sanding floors to doors and countertops. More recently I used it to sand a hardwood (Cambara) deck in preparation for new deck sealer.


The Porter-Cable 352VS has plenty of power for most any project. We consistently use this belt sander on both residential and commercial building projects with no problems.

Quality Construction

Porter-Cable is known for it’s quality construction and this power tool is no different. The belt sanders housing is made from all metal for durability and strength. Because of that the sander is quite heavy. I think that’s a definite benefit for belt sanders because the weight means less effort on the operators part. This tool will certainly hold up to serious day to day abuse by the roughest of crews.

Ease of Operation

The Porter-Cable 352VS is very easy to operate. Changing belts is very straight forward with the side mounted lever. The feature that I found easiest to use was the belt alignment feature. It was very easy to center the belt and keep it centered.

Overall Impression / Recommendation

I definitely recommend the Porter-Cable 352VS 8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander for anyone looking for a good quality belt sander. This tool is built to last and has plenty of power for the medium and heavy duty use.

Where To Buy Porter-Cable 352VS Belt Sander

If you’d like to buy the Porter-Cable 352VS 8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander then I recommend you check out the following link:

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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