My manual one broke just 24 hours ago after setting up this purchase! Karma I guess?
I hope it works better than these horrible reviews! Good advice to cover it except when using, that would probably cure most of these problems. And seems like it maybe not lubed enough from factory.
Have a porter cable sander that developed poor performance and when I disassembled the grease they used got hard and was causing issues with the bearings. I guess good grease is more expensive than crap grease LOL. If I open up I'll use waterproof grease and a cover. We do get a lot of rain here and tough environment on the gulf coast, but plan on covering it 100%.