Originally Posted by travellerw
Actually as a business owner, I find this a little disappointing. Its obvious you knew you were going to kill that sander. Personally I think it was dishonest to take it back and expect warranty. You should have just purchased another one (still less than 1/2 the cost of a $200 quality sander).
Ya, you will argue that HF is huge and $40 won't kill them, or they shouldn't have a policy like that if they don't expect the customer to use it. Not the point, the fist sander obviously exceeded your expectations.
travellerw, in many ways i agree with you. I've been a supporter of small businesses all of my adult life and would not intentionally rip off a small businessman. There's a whole string of "ma and pa" shops that I visit first before going to the big chain stores - like West Marine
. I may not have the same feelings for a large corporation but you are correct in that cheating is still cheating.
As to the sander in question, I actually did expect the $40 HFT tool to do the whole job. I expected the job to take about a week - it actually took about eight days. The fact is that, had it been an expensive version of the same tool and failed after five days I would have done exactly the same thing. Taken it back to the store and asked for a replacement. So no, I don't feel that I somehow cheated HFT any more than I would have cheated Milwaukee or Porter Cable or Ryobi had I replaced their more expensive tool. The only difference is that I would not have left the more expensive tool for the boat yard guys when I was done with the job.
Completely aside from all this, I highly recommend NOT doing your own heavy sanding
. In spite of using a new tyvek suit every day along with expensive full face filters I still managed to swallow a lifetime worth of copper bottom paint
dust. I would not willingly do that again. But I couldn't find any locals that would hard sand the boat. Some wanted to sandblast it ($1500) and some wanted to peel it ($1000). Next time i'll pay the freight - probably sandblasting.