Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 47
Rated 5 out of 5Â by nschomer Sturdy and reliable.
I've had this sander for 10 years now, the pad eventually wore down and I replaced it for $10, it's working like new again. I've used it probably well beyond what a more experienced carpenter would recommend it for - probably around 300-400 hours of use on all sorts of small-scale projects. Wouldn't recommend it to sand down a deck, but I've used it for pretty much everything else.
The grip is pretty good, I tend to zone out and can be sanding something for an hour or so before it really starts to wear on me - finally looking to sand down that deck and happened upon this sander, figured I owed it a review after all the time we've spent together.
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sandy Orbit out of this world
I purchased this sander based on need and other write-ups.
I am building toys and "cubbies" for daycares and I needed a sander that would cut the amount of sanding time in half or less. My DeWalt finish sander was great for small area projects, but I needed something to cover alot of ground and without leaving scratches or patterns from sanding. I just finished a Doll House that had been discarded because of paint and magic markers colors all over the place. I disassembled the house and used the 5" DeWalt Random Orbital sander to finish each piece. I was amazed at how fast the paint and markers came off the wood. The wood is maple and ash and it cleaned up very nicely as you can see in the enclosed pictures. I did use the finish sander to get into the square corners but everything else was random orbital. There are many grits of sanding disks available so moving from rought to finish was very easy with the hook and eye system to hold the paper on the disk. You have to be careful because all brands with holes do not line up on the disk holes for the dust collection. It is enough power but not to much for the jobs I do. I think this is a perfect sander for a DIY'er.
February 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mlellis018 Love it
Had a square pad and went for this. Now it is a constant companion when I am doing woodworking. Loaned it to a friend who had loaned his, when he returned it asked how much I paid for this because he liked it and was going to do the same as is did.
Only negative thing was the power switch. It is a simple rocker switch, but you have to be careful turning it off. You can press it to off and have it come back on when it is unattended. Twice this happened. Once it was a fluke, second time I realized that the switch was sensitive and if you pressed in the middle it would go off but spring back to the on position later.
February 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Gdpigcollector Working well, brand name paper hard to find
This is a much better sander than the B&D Mouse I had years ago. Unfortunately the piece I'm working on right now is going to need a chemical stripper before I can really put this through a good workout. I like that the original Dewalt brand paper sticks super strong, but hate that I can't find it at my local Home Depots. It also doesn't gum up quickly like some sandpapers. I haven't tried the Diablo brand of sandpaper at the store on it yet, but will probably have to when I get to the very fine grits at the last stage of my project. All in all, extremely happy I chose this brand & price was very reasonable. I'm going to replace my miter saw with a Dewalt next :)
September 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HousePainter Changed my mind about sanders, in a good way
I've always used 1/4 sheet vibrating sanders. Now they are hard to find. When I needed a sander, I looked at everything the store had. Mouse sander and palm sander too small. Vaguely remembered seeing these "round things" on a TV show, they seemed to work okay for them. Had a choice between the DeWalt and a cheaper brand, figured I might as well spend the ten more bucks for a good name brand. The multi-packs of sanding discs weren't too expensive and it's reassuring to know you have a lot of them. Easier to change discs than cut a 1/4 sheet. It works s well as the old 1/4 sheet sander, and it's lighter, and it doesn't make my hand feel like it I still vibrating ten minutes after I turn it off.
July 29, 2014