Craftsman Vibrafree Sander
Tales of Testing
Chuck Cage, Editor of Toolmonger.com
For years, I've accepted that the price of a smooth finish on any wood project is hands made numb from the power sander. Well, no more. The Vibrafree sander's two concentric pads make random circular patterns, which helps avoid marring the wood, but they move in precisely opposite paths. Each counterbalances the other's motion, eliminating much of the vibration. I used the Craftsman to eat away half a two-foot two-by-four—almost an hour of sanding—with nary a blister or tingling finger. And the sander is noticeably easier to control. The space between the pads offers dust an easy path into the collection bin, helping to preserve the sandpaper and your lungs by keeping both clear of debris.
I just wrote an email to Sears about this product. GREAT product! Too bad they don't sell the sandpaper that comes with it. Once you've used that, you are out of luck. All that is sold separately is a cheap non-coated A grade paper that will NOT stand up to the aggressive action of this sander. Yes, it sands vibration free, but only performs as tested with the red resin bond cloth discs as originally supplied with the sander. This is the biggest disappointment EVER!