The Milwaukee 6021-21 5 in. Random Orbit Sander features variable-speed operation of up to 12,000 orbits per minute to make it easy to achieve a fine, swirl-free finish and a 3 amp, permanent-magnet motor with an electronic soft start for dependable speed and power. The sander provides an ergonomic design with a tactile rubber top and body grip surface and a narrow sander body for comfortable use.
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95%of customersrecommend this product80 of 84reviews
Rating Breakdown88 reviews
95%of customersrecommend this product80 of 84reviews
This is actually the second time I've purchased this sander model. I bought it because I have a woodworking buddy and we both needed/wanted one. This sander is powerful and best of all the dust collector works. I even sand inside my shop now without getting sawdust every where. It's quiet and smooth running. Love it and do not hesitate to brag about it.
Pros: Strong Suction, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, dust collection works
I needed to sand all my kitchen cabinets and this sander is a god send. It is so easy to change discs and the variable speed is great for final sanding. Add everything together with Milwaukee tool durability and you get one great tool.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Durable, Powerful, Light Weight
Had to return this tool to HD after 3 days of medium-duty use
PostedAugust 17, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
I've ordered this tool to replace my 3-year old Craftsman Professional (C.P.) sander. Here are my initial impressions... 1. Much louder compare to C.P. 2. More effective than C.P. when sanding hardwood 3. The tool comes with a durable plastic cage. 4. It is difficult to hold the tool while sanding. My hand would get fatigued in 15-20 minutes compare to 3-4 hours for C.P. 5. Long and durable power cord 6. Great 5-years warranty! 7. Wood dust collection is so-so... I would say 60-65% So, after 3 days of medium-duty usage (I was working on oak stair treads) the tool started acting weird. Vibration was getting worse day-by-day and I had to take a 5-10 minutes rest after every 5 minutes. Finally, sander started spinning very fast instead of random orbital movements. As a result of this, I've damaged a couple of stair treads I was working on. Long story short, weird action of the tool resulted in one additional day for this project. I am very sure that Milwaukee tools brand is a top of the quality and performance but the tool I got from HD was defective..... I am a general contractor and for my work I've started to look for a cordless combo tool kit.... I am not sure if I would buy Milwaukee now.
When I buy a tool I read consumer reviews, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics benchmarking results, and ask my carpenter friends. The Milwaukee 6021-21 5 in. Random Orbital Sander really does the job. Unbelievable to me, is that the sawdust catcher actually works. This is a simple kind of tool that Milwaukee has built to perfection. I'm just a DIY person but I still love a great tool at a great price. I can't speak for how long it will last but it feels very sturdy.
Pros: Strong Suction, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, 99% sawdust collection, nice storage/carry case
This is the best orbital sander you can buy! Sure there are a couple others that are pricier but this sander I would consider top of the line. Just be careful with your more aggressive discs, I found out the hard way that a 100 grit will burn through plywood veneers faster that you can blink. It also comes with a hard plastic case. best money I have ever spent. Dust collection is A+
Purchased to replace an older Makita sander. The Milwaukee is a multi speed sander and has adequate power. I have only used once and it was to sand a bay window shelf. The shelf had two coats of white paint and 3 coats of clear polyurethane for a finish. The sander took this done to bare wood quickly with two 80 grit disks. I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a small powerful finish sander.
This sander does a fine job. That said, it does not live up to its manufacturer's reputation. The hook pad to which you attach the sanding disks wears out surprisingly fast. And it is not in stock at Home Depot. I'm on my third pad, and just after in installed that, the orbit bearing wore out. That is also not in stock at Home Depot, and is not in stock at my local Milwaukee store. I can order one, but the shipping is more than the cost of the bearing.
In less than a year of owning it, I have spent $20.00 on pads. To keep it running, I will need to order more parts, and of course, will then need to tear it down and install the new bearing. However, I am seriously considering whether to just buy a different product, as this one promises to keep me busy replacing parts.
I would not recommend it to anyone who will need to use it more than 10-15 hours a year.
I purchased this sander to aid in refinishing tables, dressers, etc. So far it has worked great for what I am using it for. It has relatively good dust collection, does not kill my hands with too much vibration, easy to control, has as much (or as little) power as I need. A great addition to my toolbox.
I'm at a point where I'm tired of going cheap on tools and products. I've decided to spend the money necessary in order to get the quality items I need in order to complete a task. This sander is a perfect example of that. It's not much more than the cheapy ones, but you get a lot more bang for the buck. It's got plenty of power, good on/off switch, adjustable speed, and a long cord . . . and a 5 year warranty. This thing removes wood! The solid case is of lifetime quality and leaves plenty of room for the sander as well as many extra sanding pads. I'm very happy with this sander. Hopefully the kids' bunk beds will be done soon!
supplies a great finish to every project we have used it for and believe me we put it through the paces. I can always rely on my milwaukee tools and this sander is no different. the fine people at Home Depot directed me to this product and I am glad they did
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
I had early on used two other sanding tools as well as manual sanding block and was not satisfied with the results. The kitches cabinetry was proving to be a daunting task. Read several reviews for orbital sanders and chose the Milwaukee sander.What a joy to use and realized I could have saved much time,effort, and frustration by purchasing it from the beginning!
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
I've had many sanders like this before. Looking for one this time was very hard. But i'm very i choose this one. It's so light weight and has plenty of power. In fact the only thing that bothers me is the toggle switch. It can be very hard to use because it needs to stick out and more for ease of use. Overall this a great sander for the money. Very happy with it.
Pros: Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Cons: switch hard to use
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Review 15 for 5 in. Random Orbit Sander
Age Range:45 to 54
Home Improvement Profile:Other
A nice professional palm sander - not a hobbyist toy
I had the throw away sander from Ryobi which lasted until I started using it on a regular basis. It failed. I purchased the Milwaukee due to good reviews. It has lived up to my expectations. It does not bog down when I bear down. It allows me to change speed when I want to reduce the rate that I remove material. The dust collection works great with my system. I have used this product for about 10 hours total sanding time and definitely see it as a big step up from the Ryobi. Home Depot had by far the best price I found. I consider it a great purchase.
I am refinishing a 106 year old stair case which has never been touched since construction. I started with **** octo sander which vibrates your hand/arm/shoulder/fingers uncomfortably. I was recommended a random orbit sander as opposed to a 1/4 sheet sander due to the fact the random orbit would strip the wood down quickly. It also would fit the tread space easier. With 60 grit sandpaper it takes about 5-10 minutes per tread to get the wood smooth (the wood was very raised). The vibration is there but substantially better than the octo sander. It is actually manageable and with 16 steps it makes me much happier to think about it. The pads stay on really well, the dust collect works decently although it does kick out some dust. I had to change the dust collector after 2 treads but to be honest I'm sanding down a lot of wood. We love Milwaukee tools and are yet again not disappointed. Great purchase.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Powerful, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
I love this sander, in fact I used it so much I burnt the pad brake out. Currently spins freely, fairly common with orbital sanders I think. As I wait for parts for the Milwaukee, I bought a Dewalt Orbital Sander. After using the Milwaukee the Dewalt seems to gyrate all over the wood work. Low or high speed different grits. Its loud and rattly I've found the Milwaukee sander produces a nice finish and takes alot of abuse while not vibrating your hand numb.
I am an accomplished woodworker (everything from simple projects to high-end furniture and cabinetry, and I have five of the top brand sanders. I needed to replace one that broke down unexpectedly and purchased this Milwaukee orbital sander from Home Depot. I had previously seen that it had won tool reviews as a top sander, but was skeptical of the performance reviews for such an inexpensive tool. After trying it out, I was amazed! It works every bit as good as the reviews. The best two features: 1.) It removes material faster than any sander I own (including a heavy-duty 6 inch angled Dewalt sander), and 2.) It has a modified brake that winds down very fast after turning it off---a great time saver.
Don't be afraid of the fast material removal - it also leaves the smoothest finish of all my sanders. I will purchase at least one more, so that I can do several levels of sanding without changing paper (or using some of my other lesser performing sanders). You cannot buy a sander close to this quality unless you spend $120 (or more) and buy the Porter Cable 390 low profile orbital sander.