Palm Sanders Product Reviews

DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Review

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The DeWalt DWE6423K palm sander comes loaded with the type of features the woodworker needs for projects of all sizes. Not only is it specifically engineered to promote longer use and features some great design choices, but for the price, this is definitely a sander that’s worth a second look.

Our Verdict: This Dewalt power tool is at the top of its class. Featuring a lightweight, ergonomic design, a built-in dust port, and variable speed settings, you’ll enjoy pro results from a sander that’s compact, beginner-friendly, and available at a price that won’t hit your wallet too hard. Its powerful motor and air vent system will allow you to use this power tool for a longer period of time without the fear of it stalling or overheating. This is a great buy for both the amateur DIYer and the pro.

Keep on reading to find out how this model works, what types of jobs it can handle, and why you’ll find yourself relying on it for a wide variety of woodworking jobs at home or at work.

Overview and Features

The sander’s 3.0 amp, combined with the high 12,000 orbits per minute demonstrate that this is one powerful tool and one you’ll want to have on hand for all your major projects. Its compact design allows you to access even the tightest spaces, while also working to minimize vibration for a more comfortable user experience. Now, let’s learn a little more about the motor and how this model performs when put to the test.

DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander

Product Rating: (5/5)

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  • Powerful motor
  • Universal dust port
  • Easy to change sanding discs
  • Lightweight design
  • Ergonomic design promotes longer use and minimizes fatigue
  • Low vibration promotes user comfort
  • Dust sealed switches
  • Variable speed

Motor

The motor is one of the best features this power tool has to offer. The three amp motor offers more than enough power for jobs of all sizes. It can take on challenging larger surfaces and get the job done in a fraction of the time compared to many competing models in this price range. The tool’s motor is located at the bottom of the tool and features an air vent, for improved circulation. The vent helps to prevent overheating when you’re working on larger surface areas. A motor that’s kept cool during use can also save a lot of wear and tear on your motor.

Speed

This model offers variable speed control, allowing it to easily perform eight to twelve thousand orbits per minute, which is perfect for finishing work. This type of speed control will also help when it comes to adapting to material on the fly and also provides plenty of versatility so you can work on different types of material with ease. Additionally, the tool’s design gives you easy access to the speed dial so you can make fast adjustments even while you’re sanding. Using the max speed will result in a smoother finish, while the lowest speed setting is perfect for polishing the surface of your workpiece.

Handle

Equipped with an ergonomic design, the handle promotes longer user and helps to minimize user fatigue.

The manufacturer also made sure that this power tool produced as little vibration as possible. The whole sander is designed to dampen and reduce the vibrations that are produced by the moving sanding pad and the motor. The manufacturer achieved this by incorporating a rubber layer between the five-inch hook and loop sanding pad and the motor. This design works very well in terms of minimizing vibration even when it’s operated at the max speed level.

Weight

Weighing just over two and a half pounds, this lightweight model will allow you to use the sander for vertical work with minimal fatigue. The lighter weight allows you to easily maneuver the sander during use for a more efficient sanding process.

Switches

The large switches make it easy to adjust a setting during use. Additionally, the switches have been dust-sealed, which will prevent sawdust, dirt, and debris from entering the machine.

Dust Collection System

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You’ll find a built-in dust collection system bag that helps to keep both your work area and workpiece clean and free of sawdust and debris. The design of the dust collection system allows you to engage or disengage the lock using one hand, to quickly remove and empty the bag. Instead of using the included dust bag, you can remove it and attach a wet vac hose for faster, more efficient cleanup. The dust port features a universal design so it will work with most types of shop vacs.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Universal dust port
  • Easy to change sanding discs
  • Lightweight design
  • Ergonomic design promotes longer use and minimizes fatigue
  • Low vibration promotes user comfort
  • Dust sealed switches
  • Variable speed

Cons

  • Connecting your shop vac to the sander can be difficult

Performance

If you’re learning how to sand furniture, then you’ll find that this sander’s finishing quality is nothing short of impressive. This mainly has to do with the combination of the variable speed control and the powerful motor. The faster spinning sanding pads perform very small orbital movements, which will leave your workpiece with a polished, clean, pro look. You can also adjust the speed setting in order to get a customized finish based of your preference. Since it’s so versatile, you can feel free to experiment with different types of grit in order to get the exact desired finish you’re after.

The saw is light, compact, and highly maneuverable. The ergonomic design promotes longer use, while the powerful motor allows you to cover larger surface areas in a matter of minutes, without the fear of the sander overheating. This is a saw that’s comfortable to use and very easy to handle.

How it Stands Up to the Competition

So, how did this model compare to the BLACK+DECKER BDERO100 Random Orbit Sander? First, the competition features the same hook and loop system, which makes it easy to swap out different sandpaper discs. It’s also equipped with a built-in dust port and random orbital action. However, the Dewalt model takes the lead, offering a three amp motor compared to Black and Decker’s 2. It’s also much lighter at just over two and a half pounds compared to the Black and Decker’s almost four pound model. Basically, while the competition is priced more affordably, the Dewalt model offers a more solid and reliable performance and a design that will promote user comfort and a longer operating time.

Conclusion and Rating

Product Rating: (5/5)

dewaltConsidered the best palm sander in this price bracket, this model by Dewalt doesn’t disappoint. You’ll love the variable speed settings, dust-sealed switches, and low vibration designed for improved user comfort. The lightweight design also makes the sander highly maneuverable and promotes longer use while minimizing user fatigue. A great tool you can rely on for a variety of jobs around the home or in a pro environment, I gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.