Over in the other side of the world, in Australia and New Zealand, Bosch came out with a new 18V cordless 1/4-sheet sander, model GSS 18V-Li. There are other cordless sanders on the market, such as the Makita 18V random orbit sander, but Bosch is claiming this to be the first professional cordless quarter sheet sander in the world.
Features and Specs
- Low vibration and low noise allows for comfortable extended usage
- Long runtime per battery charge
- Micro filter dust collection box
- 11,000 RPM no-load speed
- 22,000 OPM no-load orbital stroke rate
- 1.6mm oscillation diameter (~1/16″)
- Weighs 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
- Sanding sheet size is 115 mm wide x 140 mm long (~4.5″ x ~5.5″)
What I find particularly appealing about the new Bosch cordless sander is its small and compact size. It looks like you get the same ~4.5″ x 4″ sanding surface as Bosch’s corded 1/4-sheet sander, although the dust collection box is almost definitely smaller.
It doesn’t look like the cordless sander is equipped with Bosch’s SheetLoc feature which allows for effortless clamping of sanding sheets. Perhaps this was done to make the sander a little simpler and more compact.
Not everyone is going to want a cordless sander, but the promise of long runtime and how the sander can be equipped with the latest generation of high capacity 5Ah Li-ion batteries should ease the hesitations of some users.
I do wish that Bosch was more specific about how long the sander could be expected to run per battery charge. Maybe they’ll provide this info if or when the sander is announced for USA release.
The sander’s no-load and oscillation specifications appear to be on-par with Bosch’s corded sanders, and so it is hopeful to expect corded-like performance. Not that 1/4 sheet sanders are heavy duty and demanding tools in the same way as saws and grinders, but it’s nice to be able to use corded and cordless tools interchangeably with similar results.
Price: ~$109 USD for the bare tool ($139 AUS), ~$132 USD for the kit with a 3.0Ah battery and charger ($168 AUS)
If this sander makes it to the USA, the pricing might be different.
What do you think? Are you happy to see one more cordless sanding option – the world’s first 1/4 sheet sander? Or will you stick with what you’ve got?