Best Detail Sanders 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a detail sanderFor the woodworker, carpenter, or do it yourselfer, getting a good detail sander is a matter of necessity. A quality tool of this kind can improve the quality of your work considerably, while a mediocre tool can actually harm your workpiece.

We don’t want that for you. What we do want is to share our research with you in order to simplify your buying process.

We have had the fun of getting to test a lot of different products over the past few months, and we have assembled our findings in the guide before you now.

Below are five detail sander reviews that should tell you everything you need to know about some of the most options on the market.

Comparison of my Favorite Picks

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B
PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B
(Top Pick)

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2 lbs4.9/5
BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600
BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 (Detail Sander)
(Best for the Money)

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3 lbs4.8/5
Genesis GMT15A
Genesis GMT15A

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3 lbs4.6/5
SKIL 7302-02 Octo
SKIL 7302-02 (Detail Sander)

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4 lbs4.3/5
VonHaus 1.1A 2 in 1 Sheet & Detail Sander
VonHaus 1.1A 2 in 1 Sheet & Detail Sander

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3 lbs4.1/5

5 Best Detail Sanders 2019 – Our Reviews:

1. PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B Detail Sander – Top Pick

PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B

Most of the tools on today’s list are really great, but none were quite able to outshine the  Porter Cable. The first thing that we noticed and appreciated about this tool is the fact that it comes equipped with a variable speed dial.

This component of the tool is going to ensure that you are able to match the power output of the sander to the specific needs of the application you are using it for.

In this case, the power range is between 9-12,000 rotations per minute, which should be more than enough to work well with a wide variety of surfaces and materials.

The unit also features a sophisticated dust extraction hose system that will ensure your clean up is minimal when your sanding session is over.

Last, but not least, the sander has been designed with comfort in mind, featuring a rubberized, ergonomic handle that should make it easier to work for long periods of time.

In terms of cons, there is not very much to speak of. The only real issue that we were able to detect was that the vacuum hose does make it a little bit harder to access the nooks and crannies of your workpiece.

That aside it is a great tool that most buyers will appreciate.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Variable Speed Settings
  • Dust extraction system
  • Ergonomic
Cons
  • Dust hose compromises maneuverability

2. BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 Detail Sander – Best for the Money

BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600

Now we will look at our runner-up, the Black and Decker BDEMS600. This tool is for shoppers that need something that is both economical and high quality.

One of the first things that we noticed about this unit is that it features a really good motor. The Black and Decker is able to deliver 14,000 orbits per minute, which should be enough to empower users to tackle most projects.

It’s also designed to be comfortable. The handle is rubberized and features a three-position grip that provides control for a wider range of applications.

Last but not least, it also features a good dust collection system to avoid a messy cleanup when the job is done.

In terms of cons, there isn’t very much to speak of. The biggest issue that we noticed was that, due to the size of the product, it is going to be best suited for smaller jobs. Larger projects will take longer, and may feel very tedious.

This aside, the Black and Decker represents a high quality, affordable buying opportunity.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Best for the Money
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Size Makes it Hard to Use on Big Projects

3. Genesis GMT15A – An Oscillating Tool Suited for Detail Sanding

Genesis GMT15A

In our oscillating tool pick slot, we have the Genesis GMT15A. This tool is going to function a little bit different than some of the other units on the list, but will be great for rounding out edges.

One of the first things that we noticed about the Genesis multi-tool is that it features an impressive motor that is capable of delivering 21,000 oscillations a minute.

With that sort of speed, users should count on quick and accurate work.

The tool also features a sturdy, cast aluminum housing, and a more versatile range of functions. With this tool, you will also be able to make small cuts in drywall plastic or wood.

In terms of cons, there isn’t very much to speak of. One thing that we noticed is that the control switches are a little bit flimsy which could cause problems down the road.

Also keep in mind that this is a jack of all trades, master of none sort of tool. If sanding is your top priority you may think of getting something dedicated exclusively to that purpose.

These things aside it is a versatile alternative to the traditional sanding options on this list.

Pros
  • Versatile
  • Good Motor
  • Cast Aluminum Housing
Cons
  • Flimsy control switches
  • Not optimized exclusively for sanding

4. SKIL 7302-02 Octo Detail-Sanding Tool

SKIL 7302-02 Octo

Penultimately, we will now take a look at the SKIL 7302-02 Octo.

The really nice thing about this tool is that it is actually one of the most affordable sanders on the list, which may make it an attractive option for budget shoppers.

It’s also fairly versatile, featuring eight attachments that will broaden the range of applications it can be used for.

The big issue here is durability. While the product looks pretty decent on the surface, it seems that performance diminishes pretty rapidly, with reports of important components like activation switches, and plate attachments breaking after minimal use.

While the concept of this tool looks good, it appears as though the Skil requires a little bit of tweaking before it is worthy of a full-on endorsement.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Very serious durability problems

5. VonHaus 1.1A 2 in 1 Sheet & Detail-Sander

VonHaus 1.1A 2 in 1 Sheet & Detail Sander

Like the last unit that we looked at, the concept at work in the VonHaus is good, but critical flaws make it harder to recommend than the other selections on this list.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of positives. This tool is lightweight, ergonomic, and it features a motor that can deliver 14,000 rotations per minute.

It all sounds great, but unfortunately, the long list of cons keeps it towards the bottom of the list. The dust collection system seems to hardly work at all, it’s noisy, hard to maneuver, and the size makes it very hard to use on larger projects.

While these cons may not be disqualifying in their own right, the fact remains that many of the other units on today’s list perform much better, and will likely be more desirable to shoppers.

In short, the VonHaus has some nice features, but it also has some work ahead of it if it wants to get out of last place.

Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Poor dust collection
  • Hard to maneuver
  • Only for small projects

Buyer’s Guide

If you have read the reviews, but still aren’t quite sure what route you want to take with this purchase we completely understand. The detail sander is an important tool in any woodworker’s arsenal, and buying the right one is important.

If you still are not even positive what sort of qualities that you should look for or appreciate in a detail sander, then we can help. Read on for a few buying considerations that will hopefully help to make your decision a little bit easier.

Speed Settings:

The detail sander is a tool that requires a lot of nuance, and that being the case, most users are going to benefit significantly from a tool that has a variety of speed settings. Why? The more speed settings that your tool has, the more options that you will have as you do your work.

Extra speed settings typically correlate with a higher price tag, but if you intend to use your sander often, you are most likely going to find that the slight price hike is well worth it, especially when you factor in the enhanced accuracy that this feature can provide.

Warranty:

The desire to get a product with a good warranty seems fairly obvious, right? Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. Plenty of buyers don’t even really pay attention to the warranty details of a product as they are shopping, but this information can actually provide a keen insight into the quality of the tool.

The obvious benefit of a good warranty is simply that if anything goes wrong with your tool during the first few years of use, you should people able to get it taken care of inexpensively.

This is great, of course, but it also is not all that there is to it.

Not only does the warranty of a product tell you what kind of coverage you get in the event that something goes wrong, it also indicates how confident a manufacturer is in the product that they have made.

Generally speaking, good products come with good warranties because the manufacturer isn’t worried that they will be frequently redeemed.

More questionable tools, on the other hand, often feature mediocre warranties.

Of course, shoppers should not be expected to make their buying decisions based solely on the quality of a given product’s warranty, but paying attention to this factor can nevertheless still be a useful tool.

Dust Management:

Dust is a big issue when it comes to sanders for a few reasons. For one thing, sanding can be messy work. That in mind, you are going to want to think about getting a detail sander that has a good dust port and collection bag to ensure that clean up is minimal when the job is all said and done.

While this feature may not be a make or break buying consideration, it will save you a lot of time and frustration, especially if you plan on using your sander often.

There is also just the matter of protecting the tool itself to consider. In addition to a good dust port, you are also going to need to get something that is designed to be dust sealed.

A good, air tight, dust seal design is going to help ensure that the sensitive inner components of the tool  won’t get damaged while you work.

Power Source:

There are two main power sources when it comes to sanders: chorded or battery-powered. There are pros and cons to both. On the one hand, the battery-powered sander is going to be much easier to maneuver around with because there is no chord to worry about.

On the other hand, there is also a limit to how long you are going to be able to use it (usually about thirty minutes at a time).

The chorded models are going to be  able to run forever, but they also aren’t nearly as easy to move around with as the battery-powered options.

Ultimately, the unit you decide to go with is going to be dependent on your own individual needs.

Conclusion:

With the reviews of the detail sanders all said and done, all that is left for you now is to decide what tool is right for you.

If we have done our jobs right, this probably won’t be all that challenging. We hope that if you took anything at all away from this guide, it is the fact that there is a tool out there that will perform the way you want it to for a price that suits your budget.

Bigger spenders may find the relentlessly consistent Porter Cable appealing, while shoppers that want to be a little more financially prudent are probably going to like the bargain offer that we found in the Genesis.

Ultimately the decision is yours to make. You know what you are doing now.

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