Cordless sanders allow you to remove paint from old furniture or smooth raw furniture so you can paint it for the first time. Cordless sanders can be used anywhere, whether it is at a construction site or underneath a table in the dining room as you smooth out the cracks and splinters. Here are the best cordless sanders on the market today.
01. Dewalt Brand 20 Volt Max Orbital Sander
This Dewalt sander has a variable speed brushless motor. You can adjust the speed to match the application. The hook and loop sanding pad make it easy to change the paper. The eight different holes help hold it securely in place once the paper is in place.
The handle is ergonomic. You won’t suffer repetitive stress injuries from having to hold it in place or suffer strain because of the vibration level.
This is the best cordless sander for those that have other Dewalt pneumatic tools because it is only the orbital sander. There is no hose or other supporting hardware. The 20 volt orbital standard is plug and plays with other Dewalt hardware from batteries to air hoses.
The battery life is a problem because it can only run the sander for half an hour at high speed. We’d recommend this tool if you have several Dewalt batteries that are constantly being rotated through the charger.
The motor itself is prone to burning out or wearing out. It may be gone after just a few months of heavy use. Nor can you do anything to repair it. This unit is ideal for light sanding and occasional use, not professionals. It doesn’t have the power for heavy-duty sanding.
- Ergonomic design
- Variable speed
- If you don’t own a Dewalt battery, you’ll have to buy one in addition to this sander
- Mediocre operating life
02. Makita Brand Model XOB01Z 5 Inch 18 Volt Orbital Sander
This orbital sander by Makita has three high-speed settings. This is the best orbital sander for fast material removal. This orbital sander moves in a random “orbit” pattern. As we said, it is designed to smooth large pieces of wood quickly, not detailed fine sanding. You can switch between settings at the touch of a single button.
The switch is dust-sealed, so it won’t clog and fail to switch when you need to do so. Dust can get between the bearing and shocks. This will prevent them from rotating, but the entire assembly is easy to clean. (Just do that when the unit is depowered.)
The handle and grip are somewhat ergonomic. However, it isn’t as comfortable to use as some of the other Makita tools.
This unit runs off a 18 volt Makita battery. The battery life is average to above average, if fully charged. It can run for twenty minutes at a high-speed setting and up to forty minutes at a high-speed setting.
The battery doesn’t hold a charge as well as some of its competitors. This means you’ll need to keep the batteries charged so one is ready to go when you pop it in the cordless sander; it might go dead sitting on the shelf for two or three days.
A different problem is the fact that this sander often ships without instructions. Note that this sander is sold without a battery or charger, so you must get an 18 volt Makita battery somewhere else if you don’t already have one.
- Removes a lot of material with each pass
- Switches between modes easily
- Sold without battery or charger
- Middling battery life
03. Porter-Cable 20 Volt Orbital Sander
This is another orbital sander sold as a stand-alone item. One point in its favor is its below-average cost.
Porter-Cable is not a well-known brand. This means you’re less likely to own a compatible battery and charger for this cordless sander. If you do own one, this sander is one of the few on the market that is plug and play with Porter-Cable hardware.
The sander is lightweight and easy to use. The pads are easy on and easy off, but they don’t always stay in place.
The switch on this sander sometimes fouls due to debris. This can end up draining the battery faster than normal. The unit has a relatively short operational life, as well. On the flip side, there is no speed control. It is either on or off.
- Easy to use
- No battery or charger, and hard to find them if you don’t have them already
- Problems with the controllers
04. Entertwist Brand 20 Volt Orbital Sander, Model ET-OS-20BL
This affordable orbital sander comes with a lithium-ion battery and charger. That makes it perfect for those who don’t already own a compatible 20 volt battery and charger. You also get several sanding pads. This is the only cordless sander on our list that has everything you need out of the box. The manufacturer offers sander kits sold separately that include a large number of compatible sanding disks at a low per-unit price. They’re all 8-hole hook and loop sanding pads. They’re easy to switch out.
The sander comes with three speeds. The top speed will maximize material removal, while the slowest speed lets you get that high-quality finish you want. Sometimes the switch will stop working. You can still turn it on, but then you lose the ability to switch between settings.
The battery life is better than average. It can last up to an hour and a half at the slowest speed. Unfortunately, the sander itself may burn out after just a few weeks of heavy use. The dust catcher / detachable dust bag doesn’t work well, and this can lead to it clogging and burning out. You’ll be able to tell when this happens because the disk will stop spinning.
- Comes with battery and battery charger as well as extra pads
- Switch problems
- Prone to clogging and burning out
Battery-powered cordless sanders allow you to work almost anywhere, as long as you have batteries to power your equipment. Do your homework so that you can find the right cordless sander for your needs.