Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 65
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KubKar Dust blower
Be prepare to have a downdraft table station, N100 mask, dust collector, air filtration system before you turn it on. other than that, it is an excellent tools. The palm top fit my hand perfectly. it does comes with a sand paper puncher make the sand paper with 8 holes for dust collection. but don't trust the dust collector bag at the back. it is just for fun. At least you have to hook it with your shop vac, or better to your dust collector station.
Compare with my another B&D sander, it is a really high quality sander, although both of them are dust blower actually.
January 12, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYKindaGuy Good Sander
Used the sander to sand a set of stairs I made for the basement. Got out some big nicks and gouges in the wood AND was great for the final touches when I needed to stain and urethane. Kept the dust down and is definitely worth the extra $10 over the Ryobi or $5 over the Milwaukee. I didn't like the switch on the Milwaukee. Low vibration, put it through it's paces and it looks like it can take plenty more.
Definitely recommended for the DIY enthusiast.
January 2, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bokie Comfortable grip reduces fatigue
I have a number of sanders and what I especially like about this one is the comfortable grip which reduces fatigue when you have a lot of sanding to do. Great dust collection bag helps reduce airborne dust particles. Creates a nice finish when used with fine grit sandpaper.
November 30, 2008
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KrC1 overall good
good sander. comfortable to use. dust bag is useless, but doesnt really make enough dust to worry about it. is nice and lightweight but could use a longer cord.
March 25, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rick4480 How to get DUST FREE results....for those who threw away the directions.
The black square-shaped piece of plastic that comes with the sander is a puncture tool. after you insert sandpaper to the sander, take the black square plastic tool and use it to puncture holes through the sandpaper you placed on the sander. the black plastic tool has pointy pegs on it, those are to puncture holes through sandpaper after you place sandpaper on machine. once you do this you will have holes in the paper where dust can be sucked through and exit into dust bag. for better results, you can attach a shop vac hose to dust bag fitting. the results are nearly 100% dust free!!
Note: dust bag is a 2 piece unit. you can separate by twist and pulling...the attachment ring goes on sander and the vaccume hose attaches to the other end of the attachment ring. Just don't forget to turn on the vac while sanding.
I have a Rigid vac...the attachment ring is not a good fit for the Rigid hose...however I just tape the hose to ring with painters tape to get a good seal. painters tape won't leave glue residue after removing it.
May 24, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by GPV First Dewalt tool I've ever hated
I have two major complaints with this Dewalt sander. Number one is the sandpaper hold down clamps. My old Makita sander has sandpaper clamps with teeth that hold the paper firmly in place. The Dewalt has smooth clamps that allow the sandpaper to slide side to side, exposing the rubber pad and causing premature wear. The second complaint is the size of the palm handle. I have average size hands and on several occasions, when switching from a horizontal to a vertical surface, lost my grip on the sander. If you have large hands this may not be a problem.
These two problems made the tool unacceptable, especially for a tool that is used often on a ladder. This is the first Dewalt tool I found it necessary to return to HD.
June 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bobby Sanding surface is not flat
I bought this, and when I started sanding, I noticed it was only sanding at the top and bottom edges, not across the whole surface. I took the sandpaper off and set the flat edge of my large putty knife across the pad, and sure enough, there was a dip in the middle. The other direction was fine - the putty knife touched across the whole width. But I could see under the putty knife in vertical direction. I took the pad off, and the problem was not with the pad, but with the platic plate the pad mounts to - so even a new pad won't fix it.
I had to sand a few things right away, so I used it like this, and it ate up just the top and bottom edges of my 100 grit sandpaper pretty fast, leaving the center almost untouched. Even when the edges of the sandpaper were completely worn down, it still wasn't sanding in the middle.
I took it back and exchanged it for a new one. I got out to my car and immediately took it out and checked with my putty knife - the new one was worse than the one I returned! Not only was the gap a little bit bigger, but it was bad in both directions instead of just one.
I'm going to go with another brand.
October 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by StephenG Great sander, but definitely a finishing sander
I wasn't sure what I was buying when I got this, that being said it does a great job at what it's made for. Very sturdy, I've had it now for 5+ years and works like new. I've used it for maybe 3 or 4 projects since I bought it. I've not opted to buy a orbital sander to finish my works faster, this one takes too long. However, I'm still glad I have it to finish my jobs. Great sturdy case.
June 3, 2015