Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 84
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 4.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToolGuru What an amazing sander this is!!
Wow...what can I even say about this amazing sander?Well how about it's lack of noise and vibration. Or how ergonomic it is. I almost bought the cheaper $30 Ryobi sander but after feeling the Dewalt sander in the store I knew I had to have it. The main thing this sander has over other sanders is how comfortable it is in the hand. Because it has 3 amps versus 2 which most cheaper sanders have it will last longer and take more abuse.I will recommend this to all my friends and trust me, the Dewalt brand won't let you down.
December 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MelanieG I am going to sand all the things!
oh man. Where was I before this sander? Full of rough furniture and wood and unfinished business is where. This sucker is so easy to hold onto and easy to use that after doing your initial project that you probably bought this for you'll start wandering around what else you can re-finish - so far my stairs, 2 chairs, a shelf and a bench for me. What's on your list?
November 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lance Dewalt 5" random orbit sander
Yet another piece of my wood-working hobby puzzle... this is my first electric sander. After consulting a few reviews abroad and keeping price-point as a primary concern, I settled on this one. I have had it about 6 months and have familiarized myself with the ins and outs of it.
1. hook and loop. Very very simple to change sanding discs.
2. control. Doesn't walk or jitter on you; is easy to keep under control, and doesn't seem to have problems with weight distribution (doesn't sand harder/deeper on one side than the other) nicely balanced. No swirling.
3. sealed switch. On.off switch is placed in the perfect spot and is sealed to prevent dust and debris getting in.
4. price. For what you get, this sander starts at an excellent price.
5. comfortable. rubber grips placed in primary positions offer a comfortable grip.
1. weight. It seems a bit heavy in comparison with others in its class. Although, as mentioned before, it is well balanced, so the weight issue doesn't cause uneven sanding patterns.
2. dust bag. The dust collection bag is rather small and fills quickly, you have to empty it pretty regularly.
All in all, this is a great sander... and offers room to grow, especially because it was purchased with entry-level ambitions. I would definitely recommend this sander to beginners, as well as professionals, as it offers a nice balance of features and a great price.
June 10, 2006
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RichD Sanders have come a long way!
I had a very old orbital sander that took the small square sheets that you had to clamp at both ends onto the vibrating pad. I was working with a contractor and borrowed his DeWalt sander and was so impressed that I ordered this one immediately. I know that the other big name tool companies make similar products and I don't have any experience with their tools to compare against this one, but I've already got about 4 hours of use on this one and I'm really impressed with its performance.
PROS: The sandpaper lasts a long time and is relatively inexpensive. There are other companies that make sandpaper pads that work great on the DeWalt. The micro Velcro system that holds the sandpaper to the pads makes it easy and quick to change paper. Nice long power cord. The dust pouch really works.
CONS: Haven't found any yet
October 1, 2014