Dewalt Cordless Orbit Sander Review #THDProSpective

Dewalt Cordless Orbit Sander Review

Dewalt Cordless Sander

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Good cordless sanders are rare.  Some are excellent and others are not so much. Brushless cordless sanders are even more rare.  We are focusing on the Dewalt Cordless Sander in this review.  It is the newest sander on the market at the time of writing. 

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  The announcement of this new Dewalt cordless sander was such a welcome one.  DeWalt fans have for years been clamoring for just such a beast from team yellow.  It was several years ago that Makita released their 5” random orbit sander and each and every year since we have been wondering if this would finally be the one. 
 

Dewalt Cordless Orbit Sander Review – It’s Finally Here

  The wait is over and I have to say it was well worth it.  This new Dewalt Cordless Sander is loaded and lives up to the hype!  Overall it is very comfortable with lots of rubber over-mold.  It has the industry standard 8 hole pad with a hook and loop connection for quick abrasive changes.  The pad has a brake to prevent over speeding and burning into your work surface.  It also features variable speed on a dial.  There is a nice soft dust bag that catches a ton of material and won’t get in your way like a hard box will.  If you have a Dewalt Vac this sander hooks up to the air lock connection. 
 
Soft Dust Bag
 

Go Against the Grain

  One thing that is not standard on this sander is the battery.  On most box store sanders the battery is vertical.  On the Dewalt Cordless Sander  (and other Stanley brands sanders) the battery is horizontal.  At first it looks odd.  It may be the first thing you notice when you look at it.  It allows for a lower profile with a corresponding lower center of gravity.  If you line the DeWalt up with a competing sander you will immediately see that it noticeably shorter.  I think it’s a good idea.  A lower center of gravity makes for a more stable tool.  It feels better balanced even when sanding at an angle.  Better balance helps us to avoid gouging our work. 
 

 Built for the Long Run

  The power and runtime are very respectable on this bad boy.  On a 5.0 battery we are getting well over 38 minutes of runtime.  Check our video on Instagram  
 
  By comparison the new Milwaukee will go about 26 minutes on a 5.0.  There is more torque than I expected. Its easily on par with corded sanders.  The variable speed dial is there because you will need it. On some cordless sanders all you need to do is put them on the work and they slow down.  On the Dewalt Cordless Orbit Sander you are getting full power unless you dial it down when the need arises.  You don’t always want full power.  Some materials or details on a project need a more delicate touch.  Sometimes we cant keep up with all that power.  The dial is a great feature to have.  Its also well placed right by the power switch which is where my fingers naturally lay over the top edge. 
 
   On runtime testing I like to use padded gloves. Firm Grip Gloves They reduce vibration. Even though this sander is well balanced it has some vibration as all sanders do.  For the past month we have been using the Firm Grip Heavy Duty work gloves from Home Depot. They are very comfortable and have reinforced areas for better durability. 
 
 
 
 

 Proprietary Blues 

  As Mentioned before the sander fits DeWalt brand air lock hose fittings.  That means it clamps in very securely to a DeWalt factory hose.  It also means it doesn’t play well with others.  Other than the factory hose, I cant find any other dust extractor hose that fits the sander dust port inside or out.  I have found a few rubber Fernco 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch plumbing fittings at Home Depot that fit perfectly and work nicely with any vac hose.  There is also a small Makita accessory dust collection hose # 192108-4 that fits into the dust port tightly. 
   I feel cordless sanders can be primary sanders for lighter use like quick sanding between coats of finish or on site sanding to complete a job.  For heavy or extended use a corded sander is lighter and works better with a tool activated dust extractor.  These cordless sanders have corded power but they are not as comfortable or balanced as their corded counterparts.  Therefore I use them as supplemental sanders.  Your mileage may vary depending on your situation.  Either way this DeWalt brushless sander is the best value in cordless sanders today with top performance and runtime with a nice ergonomic design. 
 
If this Dewalt Cordless Sander Review helped you decide, check them out at homedepot.com in bare tool or KIT form. 

 

  • The DEWALT DCW210 allows you to sand without the hassle of a cord
  • Hook and loop pads are designed for easy replacement
  • Part of the DEWALT 20-Volt Max Battery system (batteries and charger sold separately)
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41 Comments

  1. Todd Clay 01/14/2019 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    Not ready for prime time yet. If I still need my corded sander I might as well just use it that’s why I bought it. Maybe in the futue when a cordless sander can play a role as a primary sander it might be worth looking at.

  2. Calvin 01/10/2019 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    Been hearing about this sander for awhile. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Dewalt makes great tools. No complaints from me. Just need to make more money to buy more dewalt tools

  3. Sam Moening 01/09/2019 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    Seems like a really solid option for a sander. Had an dewalt orbital sander but redoing bunk beds almost put it out of its misery, one of the paper clamps snapped off. If I would get this sander I am sure my wife would find something else to refinish. Guessing it will be the bathroom vanity next. Damn me for doing such a good job on the beds, lol.
    IG: Sam.moening

  4. Andrew Nuhfer 01/09/2019 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    I have been considering getting this sander as an upgrade from my Chicago electric orbital that I have now… I appreciate your honest review of both this and all tools. This will be a nice edition to clean up trim work on site or as a quick go-to sander in my woodshop for times I don’t want to pull out the corded tools (which I have a goal of being totally cordless someday… I am well on my way there.. but this is definetly a tool that needs to be added to the arsenal)

    IG: @andrewnuhfer

  5. Zack Russo 01/09/2019 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    From this review I think cordless is more than just an option. Seems like an awesome sander and I could definitely use this on a daily basis

    Ig grizzrooroo

  6. Jason Mullins 01/09/2019 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    Would be a great addition to my weekend woodworking making rustic furiture . I was looking forward to this sander and also can’t wait for the 20V palm router in Feb. IG @ Jasonmull1

  7. Antonio Duarte 01/08/2019 at 6:04 PM - Reply

    This would help out a lot with the wood shelves I’m building in my garages and also for body work on a 56′ VW Beetle my sons and I are planning on working on.
    @supp_tony

  8. Steve G 01/08/2019 at 5:19 AM - Reply

    Just quit my job to become a full time carpenter after a life long passion for making things! This looks to be the best cordless sander you can get at the moment! Great tool and great review

    IG: Soundboyy

  9. Jonathan Rivera 01/07/2019 at 11:10 PM - Reply

    Would love to use this on the doors were currently sanding also dont currently have a random orbital sander @johnnrivera22

  10. Josh Barton 01/07/2019 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    This looks great for any sanding needs. Would use it for sanding cutting boards to begin with!
    Ig @baldybarton

  11. Cody Burke 01/07/2019 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    Great in depth review, it sounds like this sander would be a great addition to my dewalt 20v line up. As a plumber / hvac guy I enjoy making furniture in my spare time for myself and family and friends and man would this come in handy! Love the page keep up the good work!

    Instagram – codyburkee

  12. Steve Dusek 01/07/2019 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Just recently added a Dewalt miter saw and looking at a job site Dewalt table saw for the shop. So this would fit right in with the current color scheme. But in all seriousness I’ve heard nothing but great things about this little sander and since we work on acreage properties where power isn’t always hooked up when we start the job cordless is definitely a plus!!

    Steve
    @spectrummoderndesign

  13. Gabriel DeLapp @integritycarpentry 01/07/2019 at 8:24 PM - Reply

    Great review. Love the runtime. The hose situation is a huge bummer. I don’t need it but it would sure be nice!

  14. KENNETH MOORE 01/07/2019 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    This sander is great. The brake feature alone makes me want to have it, never mind that its cordless.

  15. Jeff Hoepker jeff_t_dadof3 IG 01/07/2019 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the great review! I like the idea of a horizontal battery. The Milwaukee M18 sanders we use in the shop seem tall and the taller they are the more instability it creates. I would love to win this one for my home projects. I have 2 corded DeWalt sanders at home now so this would be a welcome addition.

  16. Jenny Hagen 01/07/2019 at 3:19 PM - Reply

    I would love to win this for all my DIY projects. I have been wanting a cordless on for so long now.
    IG: jenny6272012

  17. Mike 01/07/2019 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    Nice little review. I would love to add another DeWALT 20V brushless tool to my bag and also get rid of the corded sander! This would be great for all the little projects.
    IG: mserke

  18. Josh A 01/07/2019 at 2:16 PM - Reply

    Excellent review. Straightforward and to the point. Clearly lays everything out. This would be a welcome addition to my lineup of 20V tools. I’m working towards having a primarily cordless job site in my handyman business and this would be one step closer to reaching that goal.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    IG: modernday_knight

  19. Orlando Negron 01/07/2019 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    Loving the Ridgid post you did; giving it a fair and deserved 2nd shot due to possible defects. Kept me from buying a “squirrely” sander. Hoping I win this one for the great review. Have a multitude of door edges that I have to sand down due to moisture warping. Then onto furniture sanding for the wife. Thanks.

  20. Michael Neisius 01/07/2019 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    I have a custom Audi truck build that’s going to need lots of sanding. @neisiusmichael

  21. Travis Blum 01/07/2019 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    I’m a desalt guy and adding this to my ever growing lineup would give me the added versatility to sand where you cannot get a cord which is a common problem I run into.

    Instagram t_blum72

  22. Larry 01/07/2019 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    Awesome review. Would love to win this. As a diyer and someone getting into the remodel business; this would be valuable tool! Will continue going through your reviews to find my perfect setup! Keep up the great work!

    IG: Lord_Do

  23. Matthew Bullett 01/07/2019 at 8:48 AM - Reply

    I started making and donating wooden American flags to raise funds for homeless veterans in the Saratoga NY area. My corded Dewalt sander fell and broke during a move. This would come in real handy to sand the frames as I wouldn’t be battling a tangling cord. @MatthewBullett on IG

  24. Daniel Crawford 01/07/2019 at 8:39 AM - Reply

    I’m a big fan of DeWalt. I’m really excited about this, the palm router, and the new brushless jig saw. Love losing the power cord where I can!

    Instagram- dcrawford.1

  25. Charles 01/07/2019 at 8:05 AM - Reply

    This sander would be so useful especially because it’s cordless. The convenience it provides would make me pull it out more often. Cordfree freedom also means I can sand outside so it doesn’t get so dusty inside.

    @makitacharles

  26. Jacob Kauffman 01/07/2019 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    This would be great to carry in my truck for those little on site sanding jobs. @silverforestllc

  27. Cristian meza. 01/07/2019 at 6:15 AM - Reply

    Need this sander! A young carpenter wanting his own business in the near future. Would really need and orbital as a great starter and forever sander!

    Instagram: Papasitotuntun1

  28. Clay 01/07/2019 at 5:54 AM - Reply

    Love to hear it’s a quality product as I am heavily invested in the dewalt platform. Would love to be able to use a cordless orbital on wood working projects around the house and in doing a little automotive body work. Only one I have is pneumatic so been looking to upgrade for a while. —@eshmanconstruction on IG

  29. Nick Tanner 01/07/2019 at 5:36 AM - Reply

    Would love to have this for the versatility of the cordless option. This would be perfect for quick little touch ups or sanding over filled nail holes real quick!
    Instagram: nicholas_fn_tanner

  30. Dale Gallion (IG; Gqbuckeye) 01/07/2019 at 4:00 AM - Reply

    Thanks for the thorough review on this. This sander looks great and would be an excellent addition to my woodworking shop where I’m starting a furniture business with a secondary focus on content creation. I’m currently only using Ridgid tools for my cordless arsenal, but would love to try this one.

  31. LeetheLawnGuy 01/07/2019 at 3:24 AM - Reply

    I’ve been looking around at cordless sander because I my only one is from harbor freight and it the square one. I’ve seen some of the 5 inch round ones in action on IG and I’d have to say I’m impressed with this Dewalt. I’m on the team red platform but there is definitely some of team yellow I like and this would be a nice start. It would be my go to sander.

  32. Dave King 01/07/2019 at 2:46 AM - Reply

    Love DeWalt, but not got a cordless sander as yet. This would come in very handy @sprayingasaservice on IG

  33. Joster Tervar 01/06/2019 at 11:58 PM - Reply

    I think it is the top of the cordless sander for the performance an good finishes.So who does not want the best tool !!
    @josian8892

  34. Jorge Madrigal 01/06/2019 at 11:13 PM - Reply

    I love the fact that it’s cordless and has a good battery charge life. I really appreciate the variable speed dial as well. This would be a perfect addition for my tool kit for small repairs such as laminate top replacements where I like to give the underlayment a quick pass and little maintenance projects where I don’t want to have to pack an extension cord and be tripping over it. @jmadoregon

  35. Steve Hernandez 01/06/2019 at 11:00 PM - Reply

    I could use this because I have an entry level corded one speed sander and it’s not doing it’s job anymore. This looks great! @steveh341

  36. Tyler 01/06/2019 at 10:32 PM - Reply

    Man, that looks awesome. That would perfect for the final touches when I’m rushing to finish the job due to underestimating my time lol. @Tarmor101

  37. Josh Rodgers 01/06/2019 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    I need this sander because I have yet to purchase a cordless sander and I am currently on the dewalt platform. This would definitely make my business more efficient. @joshperfectpro IG handle.

  38. Jonathan Cole 01/06/2019 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    I have a chorded dewalt sander but would love to cut the cord. Would like to be able to be free to not have to lug around the cord to sand my doors and trim while repainting. They were painted before I bought and as soon as they are touched the paint peels off.
    @jonhcole.

  39. Sam 01/06/2019 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    I would love to use put this to use in my projects for the kids and my carpentry jobs! Sounds like it would be an awesome replacement for my outdated and underpowered corded!

  40. bremon14 01/06/2019 at 10:01 PM - Reply

    Could definitely use this on some trim I’ll be installing soon. Sure beats a cord for getting to odds and ends. Proprietary dust connections are never a good time though.

  41. Tony Landin 12/28/2018 at 9:54 PM - Reply

    I’m really excited about this sander. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for the review it has helped a lot informing us of all the features and how well it did for you. Keep up the good work

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