Meet the new Worx 20V Multi-Sander, a new cordless sander that is said to do the job of 5 different sander. It can function as a random orbit sander, finishing sander, detail sander, contour sander, and finger sander.
The Worx Sandeck Multi-Sander has a slew of specially named features – a Hyperlock tool-less sanding pad interface, Mode Max technology that ensures maximum sanding efficiency no matter which pad or base is in use, a DustStop micro-filter dust bag for reducing airborn dust, and Power Share, which means it’s a part of Worx’s 20V (Max) cordless power tool system.
The Worx Multi-Sander has a soft grip handle, variable speed dial, and on/off power switch.
A press of the release button unlocks the HyperLock clamp, which is turned to disengage the attached clamp pad.
After a couple of turns, the pad is removed and the Worx Sandeck is ready for the next sanding plate.
The finger and contour sanding attachments are secured to the detail sanding plate using a screwdriver.
Hook and loop pads enable fast sandpaper changes. The finish sander looks to have a standard clamp design, for use with plain-backed sandpaper.
Here’s how Worx describes the Sandeck Multi-Sander’s different attachments:
The 5″ random orbit function is your workman-like sander, and does all the tough, initial sanding. The 1/4 sheet finishing function smooths it down. The detail function lets you get into those tight corners. The finger sander attachment lets you really get into those tight spaces. And the detail contour is for rounded, bowl-like shapes.
The random orbit and finish sanding plates look to take standard-sized sandpaper (8-hole for the 5″ ROS, 1/4 sheet or cut-your-own sheets for the finish plate). The detail sander seems to have the same geometry and hole pattern as other such tools on the market. Replacement sandpaper for the finger and contour attachments might be more of a challenge.
The online user manual provides the following dimensions for the included sandpaper:
- 5″ random orbit with hook & loop backing
- 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ finishing sandpaper
- 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ [triangular] detail with hook & loop backing
- 3″ x 1-13/16″ finger with hook & loop backing
- 3-3/8″ x 2″ contour with hook & loop backing
The Worx Sandeck Multi-Sander also comes with a vacuum adapter, for use with a dust extractor or shop vacuum.
The Worx WX820L 20V Sandeck Multi-Sander kit comes with the random orbit base, a finishing sander base, detail sander base, contour and finger sanding attachments, a charger, 2.0Ah battery, carrying bag, and a starter pack of sandpaper. It also comes with a hole punch for using your own sandpaper with the 1/4 sheet pad.
- 4,000 to 10,000 OPM no-load
- 6 speed settings
- 3/32″ orbital diameter with the random orbit plate
- 1/16″ orbital diameter with the finish or detail plates
- Weighs 4.4 lbs
Price: $120 for the kit, $80 for the bare tool
Some markets will have a bare tool option, WX820L.9.
Worx says that the multi-sander has large orbital radius for aggressive debris removal when needed, and indeed, it has a 3/32″ orbit radius when the random orbit plate is attached, and 1/16″ when the other plates are attached.
I wonder if the dual orbit radius design evolved from the Rockwell Duotech Sonicrafter, which had user-selectable oscillation angles.
Cordless operation? An included dust bag and vacuum adapter? Variable speed? Tool-less sanding plate changes? 3 sanding plates and 2 accessories? Automatic-adjusting orbital radius? Seems like the perfect DIYer or hobbyist sander.
Well, actually, I think that it might be even better if corded, but these days cordless sells a lot better. That it comes with just one battery will be limiting for potentially heavier users, but you can always buy more batteries.
Worx did their homework, as I think that the Sandeck Multi-Sander is a tool that many folks will actually want, use, and benefit from.
When starting out working with wood, I went with a random orbital sander and a 1/4 sheet sander, and together the two tools set me back over $100. I also bought an oscillating multi-tool sanding attachment for detail or awkward corner sanding. (The Fein attachment, with vacuum attachment, was $55 at the time, and is currently $77; at that price I’d sooner buy a detail sander.)
If starting out now, I’d go for Bosch sanders, which would total $115 at current pricing. With this Worx Sandeck, you get 3-in-1+ functionality for $120. 5-in-1 if you count the detail sander’s two attachments as separate functions.
It’s nice to see that they bundle everything you might want in the kit. More sandpaper would probably be useful, but it’s often better to put your money towards the abrasives you want or need, rather than more starter sheets in grits you can’t use.