Dewalt Cordless Sander Review
Looking to cut the cord on one of the most used tools in any wood project? Dewalt has released two of there already great tools in a cordless version. The DCW210B Random Orbital Sander and the DCW200B Cordless Sheet Sander. Do they stack up to the hype? Check out this review to find out!\ or watch the video above!
You may have used Dewalts corded sanders before, such as the DWE6423 Random Orbital Sander or the DWE6411K Sheet Sander. Both are widely used and very popular. The new cordless sanders bring a few upgrades over the corded versions besides the lack of cord. For starters to increase the available runtime needed for a battery powered sander the cordless sanders unlike the corded versions are using brush less motors. They also include a variable speed dial and a pad brake that stops the sander dead.
First The DCW210B Cordless Random Orbital Sander. This sander runs on the same 20V batteries as the other Dewalt tools. It has the standard 5 inch pad and uses standard 8 hole hook and loop sandpaper. One of the things you'll notice right away is how buttery smooth the sander runs for being a random orbital sander. The sander is well balanced even with having a battery on the back, that being said I don't see the need to run the sander with anything larger than a 5ah battery. As I said before the sander has a variable speed dial going from 8,000 to 12,000 OPM. A speed dial is important to be able to adjust the speed lower for softer woods and crank it up for harder woods. This sander comes with the a dust bag that picks up the dust surprisingly well however there is also a separate dust attachment that locks on if you want to hook up a vacuum. This sander is excellent for rough finishing and removal jobs.
Next Dewalt released the DCW200B 1/4 inch Sheet Sander. Sheet sanders are a go to for finishing work for every woodworker. This sander comes with many of the same features as the orbital sander such as the pad break etc. Included with the sander is a dust bag but also a plastic punch for the bottom of the sander. Once you put your sandpaper on you simply line up the corners and push down, this gives you really decent dust extraction using just the bag. The advantages of the sheet sander besides a smooth no swirl finish is the cost. Sheet Paper is much cheaper to buy and use than normal sanding disks. I have found this sander to quickly become my favorite for most of my work. Its smooth comfortable and does a very good job for any finish work.
Overall I have been very happy to have had both these sanders in the shop for a while now, and I think anyone else considering them would too. I find myself regularly using them over my more expensive high end sanders.