DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander Expands Cordless Woodworking Options
The new DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander makes the 6th tool available in the brand’s cordless woodworking segment. As part of the 20V Max platform, it’s part of a system that includes more than 200 compatible tools.
- Model DCW200
- $129 bare, $199 with 2.0Ah battery, $229 with 5.0Ah battery
- Low-profile 1/4 sheet design
- Brushless motor
- Variable 7-speed dial
- 12,000 – 14,000 OPM
- Available late 2019
The sander’s brushless motor is capable of delivering 12,000 – 14,000 OPM that you adjust with its 7-speed dial.
DeWalt goes for a low-profile design, covering the gripping areas with rubber overmold. As a 1/4 sheet sander, you get a sandpaper clamp instead of the hook and loop connections you find on many random orbit sanders.
There’s a dust collection port on the back and DeWalt includes a bag to use when you don’t have a vac handy.
It weighs 2.1 pounds without the battery and a 5.0Ah battery will add another 1.4 pounds to it. That keeps the total weight around 3.5 pounds.
The DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander is due out in retail stores by the end of 2019. Expect the bare tool to run $129 and the kit with a 5.0Ah battery and charger to set you back $229. There’s also a compact 2.0Ah battery kit coming that runs $199.
Thoughts on the DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander
DeWalt is slowly expanding into more cordless woodworking tools and I like the addition of a 1/4 sheet sander. It’s an everyman design with less expensive paper required than hook and loop pads for random orbit sanders. When it comes to general sanding tasks, it’s a good design to have around.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to use my random orbit sanders when it matters most, though.
We got a chance to put our hands on this model at STAFDA in Nashville this year and there aren’t a ton of surprises in the design. There also isn’t a ton of competition for DeWalt in the category—Ridgid and Ryobi are the only other major players to have a cordless 1/4 sheet sander. Bosch also had one back in 2015, but I don’t believe it ever made it the US market.
Comparatively speaking, we did notice that DeWalt’s cordless 1/4 sheet sander has a more stout clamping system than Ridgid’s. Both Ridgid and Ryobi will cost you quite a bit less. However, DeWalt’s design looks to be a notch higher in quality and it has a much deeper line of professional tools to use with the same batteries.
Are you going to run out and buy the new 1/4 sheet sander or stick with the random orbit model? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander Specifications
- Bare Tool: DeWalt DCW200B
- 2.0Ah Kit: DeWalt DCW200D1
- 5.0Ah Kit: DeWalt DCW200P1
- Power Source: DeWalt 20V Max battery
- Oscillations: 12,000 – 14,000 OPM
- Dimensions: 5.3″ tall, 6″ long, 4.6″ wide
- Weight: 2.1 pounds bare
- Price: $129.00 (bare), $199.00 (2.0Ah kit), $229.00 (5.0Ah kit)
- Warranty: 3 years