|Review by Purrmaster||posted 09-06-2012 02:04 PM||3942 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve had this tool for several years now. I’ve tried to take good care of it and it has taken good care of me.
The particular model number is DW26451. Single speed random orbital sander. It takes 5 inch hook and loop (velcro) discs. You can see it here: http://www.dewalt.com/tools/woodworking-sanders-random-orbital-sanders-d26451.aspx. I cribbed the image from their website as well.
I’ve been very pleased with it. The thing just works. It’s been completely reliable.
The discs go on easy and stick nicely. The velcro pad hasn’t worn out for me yet, though the manual says it will eventually. The power switch is sealed against dust and so stays nice and clean. It has a sturdy (if ugly) fit and finish.
This is not a super aggressive sander. It won’t necessarily remove a lot of material really quickly. But it gives good, even results.
I’ve only had it leave swirl marks a few times. And those were instances where I pressed down on the sander (not a good idea) or I moved the sander between boards of different thicknesses (therefore causing it to “fall” from one end of a board to another). It gives much more even results than I could do by hand.
The sander is fairly comfortable to hold and a light touch is all usually all that is needed to guide it. It can catch and jump around a little on knots.
Dust collection with the included bag is surprisingly good. I have yet to see it leave any sanding dust on the board once I turn it off.
Taking out the spring to clean the very bottom of the dust collection bag can be a pain. I’ve taken to just blowing out the bag with a leaf blower.
My only gripe is that DeWalt didn’t include a spare set of motor brushes. Though I’m still on my initial set with not perceivable problems.
If mine crapped out tomorrow I’d go out and buy another one. It has served me well. The reliability of this tool has also made me look at DeWalt branded tools first when I go tool shopping.