Conductor562 Posted July 18, 2012 Report Share Posted July 18, 2012 As you may recall, back in May I posted about the Milwaukee 6020-21 1/4 sheet palm sander. My impression of the tool was that it was a very powerful sander for it's type, but the unusual paper clamp system was difficult to operate. Today I feel I owe it to all who grace the forum here at TIA to revise my position, so here I go.I enjoy woodworking. My wife likes these "primitive style" things and she always has me building something. 4 days ago I began building an entertainment center which I will post pictures of by the end of the week assuming I can get them to upload. Anyway, for those of you that don't know what the hell "Primitive" is, it's the crap you see in magazines like Country Living that looks old when it really isn't. Though I have a house full of it, I'm really not all that crazy about it myself, but my wife is and you know how that goes. If you've ever made any of this stuff you know that a palm sander is the key to the whole operation. You basically build whatever it is your building in a crude but functional way, sand it to shape the corners and smooth the edges, paint it, sand it again to give it a worn or distressed look, then stain over the whole thing. This sander was built like a tank. It had that heavy, quality, feel you expect from Milwaukee. I loved the power the 6020 brought to the table, especially for the initial sanding step. It rounded corners and smoothed out edges with ease whereas before I had to really work on them with my 2 amp Dewalt. While it sounds like a fine machine, it did have an achilles heel. As I mentioned in May, the paper clamp system left a LOT to be desired. The clamp has tension on it and loading paper requires you to keep constant lifting pressure while trying to work the paper into place. That alone wouldn't be all that bad but when coupled with the fact that the opening itself isn't much wider than the paper is thick. It's a chore to say the very least and I found myself using the paper longer than I should to avoid the pain in the ass of changing it. I'd like to tell you that after all this effort and over complication the paper is locked up tighter than Fort Knox, Sadly I must tell you this is not the case. Today the paper slid out of place every time I placed it flat against a surface. I tried 2 different brands of paper (3M and Freud) and got the same result with both. It rendered the tool virtually useless and I had to run to my dads and get the old Dewalt to finish the job. You guys know I'm a big Milwaukee fan, so it is with a heavy heart I must report that this tool is terrible! Don't buy it, don't borrow it, and if someone tries to give you one tell them no thanks. This is by far the worst Milwaukee tool I have ever used. I firmly believe that with a normal clamp system this would be a top tool in its class, but as it stands it's just useless junk. I hope Milwaukee releases a revision, but I'll go by the Makita I started to get in the first place. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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