As part of our paid partnership with Home Depot, they sent along several Dewalt cordless power tools for review consideration – the new brushless random orbit sander, and a recent brushless braking grinder. Both are part of Dewalt’s growing 20V Max cordless power tool platform.
First, there’s the new Dewalt DCW210 20V Max brushless random orbit sander.
It features a 5-inch 8-hole hook and loop sanding pad and comes with a one-handed locking dust bag. Or, you can use a Dewalt dust extractor (DWV010 or DWV012). To connect other vacuum hoses, you’ll need a Dewalt DWV9000 universal quick connector adapter.
- 5″ sanding pad
- Works with 8-hole sanding discs
- 8,000-12,000 OPM
- One-handed dust bag
The geometry is different from I’m used to. Normally, with a corded sander, you have the power cord coming out of top, and the dust bag is on the bottom, straight at the back.
The Dewalt cordless sander, because of where its battery pack is placed, has a completely different shape. Its grip takes a little getting used to. You can guide the sander from the front, but I found my hands getting a little close to the sanding pad.
Overall, vibration control is good, and the sanding doesn’t seem wanting for power.
I have a few woodworking projects planned for the spring, and I think this will be my go-to for the work I’ll do outside, mostly for continued testing purposes, but also because it’s compact and useful. For indoors work, I’d want to pick up the vacuum adapter, but quite frankly, if I’m using a dust extractor vac, I might as well just a corded tool.
Although… I don’t see why it can’t be used with a cordless dust vac, as long as one can make the connection between the smaller hoses found on such vacuums.
The beauty of this sander is that it’s compact, cordless, and seems to do about as good a job as any 5″ random orbit sander I’ve used before. I haven’t done runtime tests, but it fared well on the compact battery pack I used it with.
The ergonomics are tricky to talk about. I will say that I still prefer a corded sanders, but my 6″ Festool is a completely different animal. I also do think that Dewalt did a fantastic job with the design, and that they paid very careful and diligent attention to the balance and vibration control.
If you’re wondering whether this is a recommended buy, so far I’d say the answer is *yes*. It’s just about as good as any cordless sander can be.
Price: $119 for the bare tool
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I will be holding onto the sander for a while longer so that I can continue to test it. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll answer them as best as I can.
In most tests I paired it with a compact battery, but it can also be used with a higher capacity battery pack. You’ll get more runtime with a larger battery, and I don’t feel much of a difference in regard to balance or control.