Rami wrote in with a tip (thanks!) about a new Dewalt DWE6411 1/4 sheet sander that we haven’t seen before. This will probably be a replacement for the Dewalt D26411 sander, with the new model looking to have been redesigned from the ground up.
We have already seen new Dewalt random orbit sanders, and so a new quarter sheet sander is hardly a surprise.
It’s good to see Dewalt shaking things up with their corded woodworking tools.
New Features (Compared to Previous Generation)
- Lower height without affecting motor power, which should provide increased user control (Dewalt’s words call it improved interaction)
- Reduced vibration and wobble
- New paper clamp, based on user feedback
- New front button and paper tension system with back paper clamps
Features and Specs
- 2.4 A motor
- 12,000 OPM
- Weighs 2.7 lbs
- Locking dust port
The new Dewalt sander features sealed 100% ball bearing construction, for longer life, and according to details from a Finnish site that Rami provided us with, it also has a dust-sealed switch for greater durability.
It also features a dual plane counterbalance, resulting in a low vibration design for reduced user fatigue.
The DWE6411 sander comes with a sandpaper punch (for creating dust collection holes in plain sandpaper) and a dust bag. The DWE6411K sander is exactly the same, but is bundled with a kit bag.
Price: $55 for the sander (the kit bag version will likely be $5-$10 more)
Here’s a look at those others new Dewalt sanders:
I bought a Bosch 1/4 sheet sander a few years ago, and it’s been fantastic. Why did I select that particular Bosch model? Because it had a great paper clamping system that users enthusiastically recommended.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a sheet sander’s paper clamp.
Dewalt says that the new paper clamp system was created after feedback and frustration that users had with the current wire form system. This is good to hear, and we’ll be very interested to see how well the new clamp system works.
Thoughts about the clamp aside, the new sander brings other improvements to the table – less vibration and lower height.
It’s hard to tell from product images, but it looks like the new Dewalt 1/4 sheet sander is noticeable lower profile than the older model. The new hand grip looks to have a more comfortable shape too, and is also has a lot more overmolding.