There are very few tools I use as much as my random orbital sander. I remember purchasing my corded DeWalt years ago and if there is one tool in my shop that has never let me down that was it. Sanders have advanced since that purchase, but I never really felt the need to replace it, as it just simply never let me down. When DeWalt announced the new Cordless Random Orbital Sander would be launching in late 2018, I was eager to see if it could possibly reach the pedestal of which my corded version stood. Spoiler alert folks, it did. Let’s get all the details in the DeWalt Cordless Sander Review and see what I love so much about it.
Dewalt Cordless Sander Review Overview
There are a handful of different handheld sanders available on the market today. From basic palm sanders to belt sanders like this Belt Sander from Ridgid, to specialty sanders from brands like Festool. There is a sander option no matter what your budget and needs are. One you may be more intrigued by is the random orbital sander. The ROS possesses a few key advantages simply by design. Much like applying and removing the wax on the car, a random orbital sander smooths surfaces my randomly orbiting and vibrating for supreme results with minimal effort.
With good reason, it ranks right up there with a top tool any beginner will want as much as any professional will need. If you are a woodworker, you know a good sander is worth the investment. For me, I will never forget the first time I used a quality sander. Outside of a saw, it was one of my early major purchases when I started building furniture. I had owned a few lower end models prior but this was one of those purchases I finally didn’t want to skrimp on. And let me tell you, my sanding world was changed.
My beloved original DeWalt Random Orbital Sander (model DWE6421) had no bells and whistles, instead, it is a very basic model that only possessed a single on/off switch to control it. This was never a bad thing, as this Sander has seen years of use, all of which it performed flawlessly for. This new model from DeWalt has certainly upped my standards and become my new favorite sander.
Dewalt Cordless Sander Review Features
The power switch is dust sealed to provide longer life by preventing exposure to dust.
The 5-inch sanding surface features an 8-hole hook and loop replaceable sanding pad. This allows for better dust pick up and extending the life of your sandpaper.
Variable speed dial provides 7 different speed options to provide an oscillation per minute range from 8000 to 12000.
The dust bag features a one-handed locking mechanism for easy and secure attachment.
The dust bag can be removed and the sander can be connected directly to compatible some DeWalt vacuums for improved dust removal. Additionally, a connector is sold separately for universal attachment to 1-1/4 inch vacuum hoses.
The rubber overmold improves comfort and grip, while the low profile design allows for better precision of sanding surfaces.
Dewalt Cordless Sander Review Performance
If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen me talk about the table I have been working on. I have my faithful old DeWalt corded sander that I have kept out thinking there was no possible way I would get the kind of performance or run time out of this sander that I needed. Well, as has been the case as of late when it comes to my unbelievable resistance to battery powered tools, I was wrong. I think this may have finally been the tool to break through that mental barrier because it really did perform that well.
On a 5.0 Ah battery, I was able to get an insane amount of runtime out of this sander. Even on the highest speed, I finally gave up the ghost at about 45 mins with one bar left. That is truly amazing because it is rare that you would really sand for hours straight with no breaks in between.
The comfort of this sander was remarkable as well. Often times my hesitation with sanders comes down to overall comfort with the persistent vibrations. This model though was very minimal, even on a high setting. There is no doubt that this sander is the most comfortable sander I’ve used to date.
The dust collection is okay with the dust bag. It is better than other sanders I have used, but I am eager for the day that this improves even more. You can see the dust is powder fine, which is the worst to keep cleaned up, but it was fairly well controlled. When attached to a vacuum, it is a huge jump in effectiveness. I have a DeWalt vacuum that is not compatible, however, I own several universal connectors for switching from ports of different sizes and it works well.
I use sanders very frequently in my shop. From Belt Sanders to Palm Sanders and even specialty sanding attachments on tools like the Dremel Multi-Max, they all see a lot of use in my shop. For a sander to impress me the way this one has is pretty hard. I think of all the tools I review, I am the hardest on Sanders, but this one is hard to find any flaws on.
Dewalt Cordless Sander Review Value
This model from DeWalt, DCW210B, is available for $119.00 bare tool from The Home Depot. This tool is an investment, yes. One I think is a no-brainer to make. I have a special someone in mind that I will be purchasing this sander for. My former corded sander ran about sixty dollars, while the variable speed cordless runs about $69.00. As well, when comparing this model to other cordless sanders on the market, DeWalt is priced competitively.
Dewalt Cordless Sander Review Final Thoughts
I mentioned that it takes a lot to impress me with a sander. I use them so often that I often it takes a lot to really stand out in the mix. DeWalt launched a few tools this year designed with the woodworker in mind and I have to say they’ve blown me away. Just like the Cordless Jigsaw, this Cordless Sander stands out in terms of pure performance, rugged construction and powerful features. It looks like team yellow is out to win it this year, and this Cordless Random Orbital Sander is no different. For those eagerly awaiting all things new from the Power Tool giant, DeWalt, this launch is an exciting one.