DEWALT D26451K Random Orbital Sander Review

DEWALT D26451K Random Orbital Sander Review

In the world of power tools, few-- if any-- companies are more trusted to produce high-quality, durable, reliable tools than DeWalt. The company has been a leader in this industry since its inception nearly 100 years ago, and since 1992, they have become one of the best known makers of high-end power tools. With all that being said, the DeWalt D26451K Random Orbit Sander is another great product that produces wonderful results from a company you can trust. However, there is much more to this sander than just the name on the side and the trademark yellow of DeWalt. With a 3.0 amp motor that delivers a speed of 12,000 OPM, this is one of the most powerful sanders in its class. It is designed for power, comfort, and most of all, it is made to produce great results.

DEWALT D26451K Random Orbital Sander

Who is it for?

The DeWalt D26451K is one of the most powerful and versatile orbital sanders on the market, making it ideal for any woodworker or other professional who needs a high-end sander. With its simple design, dust-proofed body and trademark Controlled Finishing System, it could also be picked up and used immediately by any beginner without a risk of ruining the project. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, the most important aspect of any power tool is the results that it produces. When all the dust has settled (pun intended), this DeWalt sander produces incredibly smooth sanding, no matter the skill level of the user.

DeWalt D26451K Random Orbit Sander Features

Power and Speed

The folks at DeWalt set out to make one of the most powerful orbital sanders on the market, and this sander has power in spades. At 3.0 amps, the motor of this sander packs more power than the competition. It reaches a free speed of 12,000 OPM, allowing it to produce incredibly smooth surfaces on a number of different wood pieces.

Controlled Finishing System

With all that power, it is easy to imagine this sander being hard to control for beginners or leaving skids and swirls for anyone other than experts. It was with this in mind that the folks at DeWalt developed their trademark Controlled Finishing System (CFM) that controls the pad speed and reduces reduces gouging during startup.

Cloth Dust Bag

A major concern with any sanding job is the disposal of the dust and waste that it creates. The DeWalt sander comes with a high-capacity cloth dust bag included that will takes care of that concern immediately. For larger jobs and less stops, you can remove the dust bag and attach a vacuum hose through the built-in adapter.

Comfort and Durability

You can always count on toughness and durability with any DeWalt product, and this sander is no different. It has a solid body with a dust-sealed switch and sealed 100 percent ball bearing construction to keep dust out and extend the life of the sander. It also has textured rubber comfort grips on both the top and the handle, which can be crucial for any long job.

Versatile and Easy to Use

Even with the powerful motor, this sander is surprisingly lightweight. It also is also made with an anti-vibration design that significantly aids in handling during tough jobs. The 5-inch, 8-hole hook and loop setup allows disks to be switched quickly and easily to help maintain an efficient workflow without sacrificing the perfect grit.


  • Trademark Controlled Finishing System (CFM) helps to produce great results without swirls and gouges, no matter the skill level of the person doing the sanding.
  • Lightweight body and anti-vibration design also help to keep mistakes to a minimum while making for easy, comfortable sanding.
  • Cloth dust bag takes the cleanup aspect of the job completely out of the picture. For large jobs that create lots of waste, you can connect a vacuum through the same adapter and not worry about stopping to empty the bag.
  • With a 3.0 amp motor that reaches 12,000 OPM, this is one of the most powerful sanders in its class.
  • Utilizes 5-inch, 8-hole hook and loop abrasive paper, allowing for quick and easy disk change.


  • Dust bag can fill quickly, meaning frequent interruptions in work. However, it can be attached to a vacuum with the adapter.
  • Does not come with hard plastic carrying case
  • No variable speed switch

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How long is the AC cord?

Q: Do I need to buy a separate adapter to connect it to a vacuum hose?


In almost every aspect, the DeWalt 26451K is one of the best orbital sanders on the market. It is strong, yet lightweight and easy to use. The Controlled Finishing System combined with the anti-vibration design help to reduce mistakes and erase swirling, no matter the skill level of the user. The cloth dust bag takes care of cleanup immediately, and it can be replaced with a vacuum hose for larger jobs. It is tough and durable, but even if something breaks down, DeWalt backs this product with a three-year warranty. It is a powerful, versatile sander that is easy to use and produces great results every time.

About the Author Darrell Webster

I believe there is a handyman in all of us as long as you have the right tools. I started this blog to help anyone who is interested in fixing things to learn their way around the different tools and to know how to perform different DIY tasks. I have been doing this for years and believe I am a master of this art.

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