Dewalt has come out with a new 20V Max cordless 1/4 sheet sander, featuring a brushless motor, variable speed control, dust bag, and vacuum dust port.
The new Dewalt finish sander, model DCW200, joins a cordless random orbit sander, router, and jigsaws in their collection of woodworking-specific cordless power tools.
There are a couple of similarities between Dewalt’s 20V Max 5″ random orbit sander and this new 1/4 sheet sander, such as the placement of the dust collection port and speed range. But, if you’re happy with the ergonomics of the ROS sander, it looks like the new cordless finish sander will be familiar to you.
You get variable speed control of 12,000 to 14,000 OPM, and separate on/off button. The paper clamp has a spring-action lever on the front, and locking wire clip on the rear.
I find it interesting that the dust collection port is lower on this sander, rather than angled off to the side with the 5″ sander. Perhaps it’s not surprising, as this will better allow you to reach into corners and edges.
The sander comes with a hole punch accessory. Here’s a look at the hole pattern on the bottom of the sander.
You get a dust bag, and the sander can also work with Dewalt dust collectors (DWV010, DWV012). Or, you can purchase a universal quick connector adapter, DWV9000, for attaching other vacuum systems with 1-1/4″ hoses.
As of the time of this posting, the DWV9000 dust collection hose adapter can be found for ~$20 on Amazon. If you use anything other than Dewalt dust collection hoses, be sure to factor this optional attachment into your budget.
Dewalt DCW200 1/4 Sheet Sander Features and Specs
- Brushless motor
- 12,000 – 14,000 OPM variable speed
- Works with 1/4-size sandpaper sheets
- Low profile height for close-to-work surface prep
- Paper clamp
- Dust-sealed switch
- Textured rubber overmold grip
- One-handed locking dust bag
- Dust port compatible with select Dewalt vacs and extractors
- Long dust chute available for use with 6.0Ah and larger batteries
The bare tool sander (Dewalt DCW200B) comes with a dust bag, hole punch, short dust chute. The kit (Dewalt DCW200P1) also includes a kit bag, DCB112 charger, and DCB205 20V Max 5.0Ah battery.
Price: $129 for the bare tool, $229 for the kit
ETA: December 31st, 2019
The new Dewalt cordless 1/4 sheet sander looks to be a logical addition to their 20V Max cordless power tool system, and indicates that they’re not done with their cordless woodworking tools or solutions.
What might we see next – a belt sander perhaps? A detail sander? Contour sander? I don’t think that Dewalt will lean too far into specialty sander territory, but there’s always room for further expansion.
It’s interesting that the 5″ ROS launched with bare tool, compact 2.0Ah kit, and 5.0Ah battery kit options. At this time, we’ve only seen bare tool and a 5.0Ah battery kit for this new 1/4 sheet sander, but other options might come later.
If you ask me, I think that this might be a great tool for pairing with Dewalt’s 20V Max compact 4.0Ah battery. On paper, the compact 4.0Ah battery would provide 80% of the runtime of the 5.0Ah battery, but with size and weight savings. Runtime is very important with tools like this, but ideally you let the sander’s speed do the work.
Then again, a larger battery helps to stave off dissatisfaction from users who increase the loads on their sanders by not changing abrasives as often as they should and by using excessive pressure.
How likely are you to buy this sander, or a cordless 1/4 sheet finish sander like it?