PORTER-CABLE 362V Variable Speed Belt Sander Review


If you are looking for a nice lightweight sander for sanding you antique table then you should definitely not get this belt sander! The Porter Cable 362v is a 4 inch by 24 inch Variable Speed Belt sander with a powerful 12 amp motor that is designed to be a workhorse among sanders. Its all metal design provides durability while still giving it good handling features. This is definitely made for medium to large sanding jobs with an emphasis on “large jobs”.

This porter cable sander comes with a 90 day money back guarantee; 3 year limited warranty and a 1 year service warranty.

There are many things to consider when buying a sander of this size. If you looking for sander on small home projects you probably want something smaller but if you have a huge project like removing stock on a hardwood flooring project then you should take a look at the Porter Cable 362v. There are also other factors to consider when purchasing this sander I will be looking further into its features and specs below.

Porter Cable 362v Features

The first feature of this sander you will notice is the metal casing surrounding the chassis. The Porter Cable 362v weighs in at around 15.5 pounds, and with a motor speed of 12 amps. Running this sander at full throttle can definitely be a challenge for a novice woodworker but with this specs it definitely made for users who want to remove a large amount of stock very quickly. If you find the Belt speed to be to be too fast the variable speed dial is located conveniently on the handle allowing you to adjust the speed without stopping.

The belt tracking knob allows for quick belt adjustment and the belt can be remove and replace with the quick release lever. Both features allows for making quick adjustments on the job without losing too much work time.
At about 15 pounds it is heavier then its competitor Bosch and Black & Decker.

Customer Reviews

The majority reviews of the Porter cable 362v range from average to excellent. At the time of this review users are rating the sander with average of 4/5 stars on Amazon.com. Most reviews you will find on the sander professionals or users doing big home improvement projects. This should not new users to woodworking from looking at purchasing the sander. The variable speed dial is located conveniently on the handle so users can adjust and lower the speed on the go till they find a speed they are comfortable.

On the negative end some complaints concern the noise level of the sander being very loud and dust bag having a mediocre collecting ability. Concerning the dust bag being mediocre it will probably be an issue when doing large jobs that requires removing a lot of stock. Dust bags do require a lot of cleaning so if you are doing a large job it will probably be best to attach it to a shop vacuum.

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Amazon Rating: 4.0


  • Durable
  • Can sand vertical surfaces
  • Large Capacity Dust bag the can be move 360 degrees
  • Professionally built for large projects


  • Heavy at 15.5 lbs
  • Noisy
  • Mediocre dust collection

Porter Cable 362v Summary

Overall the Porter Cable 362v provides great dependability and durability. As mention before it is one of the biggest size belt sanders you can get outside of industrial sanders. A great suggestion before using this sander is use the variable speed function and lower the speed if it you are having problems controlling it. This sander will probably be too big if you doing a lot of work that requires you to reach into tight or low spaces but otherwise I don’ it will disappoint.