The DEWALT 5 in. Orbital Sander features a 3-Amp electronic variable-speed motor which adjusts from 7,000 - 12,000 orbits per minute (OPM) for ideal sanding speed and a smooth finish. Its Controlled Finishing System maintains controllable pad speed while minimizing gouging during startup. This sander features a lock-on switch for continuous operation, a dust-sealed switch to help prevent contamination and a high-capacity dust bag with built-in vacuum adapter.
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89%of customersrecommend this product42 of 47reviews
Rating Breakdown48 reviews
89%of customersrecommend this product42 of 47reviews
Like others, my unit turned itself on. This appears to be caused by a rubber seal over the switch which is too stiff, and does not provide enough room for the switch to move freely. It is difficult to get the switch to move to the on or off positions. And sometimes you get it just barely on, or off. In which case the stiff rubber dust seal will sometimes move it back to the on or off position without user input.
The 5 inch Orbital Sander by Dewalt is an exceptional piece of equipment. I’ve used it on everything from smoothing out rough cut cedar to doing fine finish work on oak.
The sander is very comfortable to use. The rounded edges provide a comfortable grip and the minimal vibration allows you to use the sander for longer periods of time before your arms gets numb. I’ve read reviews about the sander being hard to control but I have not had this issue. In fact, I’ve been able to “drive” the sander by raising the front edge slightly to go one direction and slightly raising the back edge to go the other direction.
I really appreciate the hook and loop sanding pad and discs. Disc change-out is so quick and easy. Pull off the old sanding disc, line up the dust collection ports with the new sanding disc and stick it on. One downfall with this design is I’ve bumped the edge of the disc a few times which threw the paper out of alignment, at which point I've had to stop the sander and reapply the same sanding disc. This is a small price to pay for the convenience of the change-out. My old palm sander took the rectangular paper that had to be clamped on the ends. Changing the paper was a frustrating, 2-hand, tedious process.
The performance of the Dewalt orbital sander far exceeds my old sanders performance. Sanding time has been dramatically reduced and as I mentioned before, I am able to sand for longer periods of time thanks to the reduced vibration.
This is the one tool I own that has a dust bag that works very well. Sure it leaves a little dust on your project, but I would estimate that it collects 85%-90% of the dust it creates.
The bag is nothing more than a bonus. It is decent quality but it is a soft bag which provides minimal protection. Maybe it is intended to protect the sander from dust, well it is a sander so maybe the bag portects your other tools from a dusty sander. My point is don’t base your buying decision on the free bag. Buy the sander that best suits your needs and if you determine that this is the model for you, you get a bag as a bonus.
I am pleased with the 5 inch Orbital Sander by Dewalt. It is durable, comfortable, cleaner and easy to use.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Light Weight
This sander is excellent, solid construction, good fit in your hands, one hand or with both. The smooth start up is a great feature and the variable speed is a must for me. Handles great, not too much vibration and the dust collector attaches firmly and works well. As far as the machine goes in my opinion it's perfect, the only negative is it doesn't come with a hard case. It comes with a useless nylon bag, I'm saying it's useless because when you put the sander inside it the weight is so unevenly distributed you can't even carry it, not to mention you can't stack it with the rest of your tools. I fault Stanley/Black & Decker for cutting costs here, a hard case for you tools is necessary. I've looked for a replacement case online and they are around $50.00 new, crazy.
Pros: Durable, Strong Suction, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
This sander is very cool and works very well. But I hate the fact you pay so much and only get a bag that rips real easy. Don't ever try to pick it up with one strap. Dewalt needs to sale the hard cases on there site for the people who like to protect there tool we spend so much money on.
I got this after the wife and I had got 2 Skil orbital sanders like this one(she wanted to help out). I thought those did a decent job, until I burned both of them out after about a week of medium sanding. I went with DeWalt because I had always heard good things about them. After using this sander for about a month now, I can say it is by far the best sander that I have used! Its tough, and gets the job done very well. The hook & loop system on this is ALOT better then the skil ones. They are smaller, and there is more of them(I would say about twice as many). I have yet to have one of the sanding pads fly off like they did on the other cheap sanders I used before. When it comes to sanders....you get what you pay for. Dont be cheap like I was, get a DeWalt!
I build small wooden boats and restore furniture and the Dewalt sander is a must have tool. The speed control allows one to adjust the sander to the task, wide open with #40 grit for fast removal and shaping, to slow and easy with finer grits for finish prep. I hooked up a small shop vacuum to the sander and that greatly reduces airborne dust. The clip on bag works okay but requires frequent emptying.
Being my first sander, I'm satisfied with the choice I made. The included vacuum adapter doesn't work, it's the same diameter as the vacuum pipe on my 4 month old Ridgid Vacuum. The only issue I had is the sanding discs I used. I bought the ones that HD has for sale, for use with 8 & 12 hole sanders. If you have an option buy the ones with just 8 holes. The dust is cut down drastically between the 2 styles. The vibration does take some getting used to, but you do not always have to use it on the highest speed setting.
This is my first ROS and I bought it based on the reviews I read on this page. It performs well and is light and easy to maneuver. i didn't experience much vibration, however I did have a "phantom on" phenomena, when the sander simply started on its own, the solution, I guess, is to unplug it when not in use. My only beef is that it does not hook up to my Craftsman Shop vac, must buy an adapter. Would have rated higher if that wasn't the case.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
Cons: does not hook up to shop vac diameter the same.
After thoroughly researching and weighing in the pros and cons of each brands random orbital sander, I chose Dewalt and I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase. The sander is easy to control, smooth startup, hook & loop feature makes it easy to attach/detach sand paper, perforated holes on the sander pad create sufficient dust removal, and as always I love the heavy duty cord that's iconic of DeWalt. I would've like to have a kit box instead of the nylon bag that is provided (It looks like most of the brands are reverting back to the kit boxes though) and the dust bag can be stubborn to reattach. There were several reason's why I chose DeWalt over the competition: I found the Makita easy to handle, but the dust bag detached way too easily (Which aroused concerns that it could easily be knocked off during sanding and that would not be fun to clean up!), I found the Bosch grip to be too bulky for my liking, and I don't like the placement of the switch on the Ridgid (I gave away my Ridgid finishing sander because the switch was located right below the grip and I would often bump it during sanding)
I bought this sander after returning my Milwaukee because no one had a replacement backing pad for it. This sander is way better than the Milwaukee ever thought of being. It has a lot of power, removes material quickly, does a nice job finish sanding, and dust collection works great. The only thing is it's kind of noisy. Not as bad as the Milwaukee though. If you need a new sander I would highly recommend you take a look at this one.
I buy it for a big job outside of my house. 10 hours works really hard and no problem at all...great. I burn a Porter Cable before i bought this DeWALT. Thanks DeWALT.
Pros: Durable, Strong Suction, Powerful, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
Cons: No Instructions
4out of4found this review helpful.
Review 15 for 5 in. Orbital Sander
Age Range:55 to 64
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Worst DeWalt tool I've ever owned.
PostedApril 8, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
I purchased this sander (D26453K) predicated on my past experience using DeWalt sanders. I purchase DeWalt tools because of their excellent service and reliability. This sander has to be the worst tool they’ve produced lately. I spent more time, effort and energy trying to hang on while chasing this sander all around everything I tried to sand. I even went to the extent of calling their service center to ask about this problem. The person I talked to said that they have never heard of this complaint before. After searching the internet for reviews on this sander, I learned I was not the only person that has complained about this problem. The only saving grace was the Home Depot I purchased it from (Sarasota Fl) took the sander back without any fuss. Thank you Home Depot!
5out of9found this review helpful.
Review 16 for 5 in. Orbital Sander
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
Got this sander as a gift not to long ago. First sander had a mind of its own. Would turn on and off when it wanted to. Thought maybe there was a short in the switch. Returned it and got a new one. My second sander is just as bad and even at its highest speed I can completely stop the rotating pad with my hand. When using it, any kind of pressure causes the rotating pad to stop. Not just bog down, I mean 100% stops moving. Finished my project with a sanding block and had quicker results than when I used the sander. Either Dewalt shipped out a bad batch of sanders or their quality is starting to go down hill. I would not recommend this sandy to anyone. Going to return it and get a different band.
I purchased two of these sanders to help my brother strip the sealer coat off his log cabin home. This tool was what the doctor ordered. We were working from ladders and scaffolding. The tool is designed to allow several different grips and light enough to work in overhead and long reach positions. The hook and loop attachment allows for quick disc change and the dust collector performs very well. I purchased a third one when I returned home for remodel projects around my home. A must have tool.
I bought this sander for my daughter for her birthday(it's what she wanted) She has been decorating and fixing up her house! She absolutely loves it. She used it to sand her bathroom walls, and said it was perfect for the job and easy to use.. and she is a beginner!!
It does the job well, even a little bit louder, more vibration than the Festool's 5 inch, but it feels solid when i hooked it up to a Rigid shop vac. It doesn't leave any circle marks, very clean sanding (with vacuum). Much better than my older Craftman 5 inch sander. I love the soft start and the electric brake, so it stops spinning quick once you turn it off. One thing i like about Dewalt tools is that you can always buy replacement parts online.