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Old 07-02-2011, 11:25 AM
 
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The DeWalt D26441K is the first "palm sander" I have worked with, and so far so good. I like it. It's bulkier than the regular orbital sanders I am familiar with, but this actually makes it easier to grip. Its molded top - which is where you hold the machine - also makes it easier to control.
As far as I am concerned, this is the perfect tool to use to finish small woodworking projects, particular decorative items. Many other so-called palm sanders have a round or circular base which isn't really a problem, but it does mean you have to buy the manufacturer's sandpaper to make sure you get a perfect fit. With a square base, which is what the DeWalt D26441K has, you have the option of buying quarter-sized sheets, or of buying larger sheets and cutting them to size - which can cut costs quite considerably over time.
All in all, this is a reasonably compact sander, weighing 6.5 lbs and measuring 9.5" x 13" x 6.8" and it utilizes quarter-sized sheet of sandpaper - which is why it qualifies as a so-called palm sander. The top of the machine is slightly textured, so even if your hands get a bit sweaty, they won't slip. It is also counter-balanced and doesn't vibrate too much, in fact only very slightly, which makes it easy for even a woman to use. It is also not a noisy machine like some of the larger models that tend to screech.
It has a 2.4-Amp motor and sands up to a speed of 14,000 orbits every minute producing a really nice, smooth finish. It comes with a vacuum adaptor that is built in and it has an efficient "high capacity" dust bag system that ensures you don't end up with grit on whatever it is you are sanding. You will, however need to vigilant when it comes to cleaning the dust collector. If you don't do this regularly it simply won't control the dust. But if you think how vacuum cleaners work, you will realize that it is exactly the same concept. If the bag fills up, you need to empty it out and brush it clean. It really is that simple.
Another feature of this sander is that there is a dust-sealed switch that is made with reliable ball bearings, which means the sander should last a very long time.
The DeWalt D26441K orbital palm sander is supplied in a kit box together with its cloth dust bag.
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