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Metabo SXE450



The Metabo SXE450 (metabo.ca) is a dual orbit random orbit sander with a six hole, six-inch Velcro-faced backing pad. You can quickly switch between a ⅛" orbit for fine finishing, and a ¼" orbit for quick stock removal. Stock removal is exceptionally fast, and when using the ⅛" orbit, swirl marks are barely noticeable. Variospeed™ electronics, controlled via a thumbwheel, and powered by a 3.4 amp motor, provide infinitely variable speed changes from 8,400 to 22,000 orbits per minute (no load). Additionally, there is a patented ‘TurboBoost’ switch that delivers extra power on demand for heavy duty sanding applications. The integral dust collection system uses a high efficiency, washable Intec filter, which we found somewhat better than most other dust systems. Better yet, a vacuum hose can also be attached to the 1 9⁄16" o.d. dust port. You can quickly remove the front handle to get into tight spots. The die-cast aluminum bearing housing and dust-proof bearings will give years of reliable service. At 5.75 pounds this is somewhat of a heavy sander, but its efficient design, coupled with a low vibration level, makes it easy to use for extended periods of time. An excellent professional quality tool. #600129420, $269