Best Detail Sander 2020

When you need to use a detail sander so you can undertake a wide variety of jobs you will need to make sure you have one that will allow you get your jobs done properly and with little struggle. This is where we can offer some help: We have selected what we believe are 5 of the very best detail sanders on the market. This will make your search a lot easier, simply because you won’t have to sort through the less than perfect detail sanders to find one that works well for you. But remember that sanding creates a lot of mess so if you are interested in buying a sander like this, have a look at dust collectors. Back to detail sanders look below for more information:

So, What are the products on offer?

At Number One...


The DEWALT D26441 2.4 AMP Palm Grip Sander comes with a modern-looking black and yellow finish and a 2.4 AMP motor that can deliver a good amount of power. Dust sealed so that the sander has a longer life, the DEWALT also comes with an anti-slip top for better control.






3 Pounds


2.4 AMP

With a ball-bearing construction and a dust-bag that’s capable of holding a lot of dust, the D26441 is sold for approximately $100, and weighs just 3 pounds, making it a very light model. Measuring 6.5 x 9.5 x 5.8 inches, the DEWALT has a textured body grip that makes it so much easier to use. With a reputation for being ideal for smaller projects, and somewhat quieter than other models, this could be the sander you need.

At Number Two...


The BLACK+DECKER BDCMS20C 20 Volt Max Lithium Ion Mouse Sander comes complete with a rugged finish, and the traditional Black+Decker orange and black finish. With a 2-position grip that allows users to hold the sander in multiple positions, and with a compact design that allows the user to sand in small and hard to reach places, the Black+Decker means business.






2.59 Pounds


20 Volts

Sold for approximately $60, this model is a lot cheaper than the DEWALT sander, and measuring 4 x 10 x 9 inches, it’s certainly smaller. Weighing 2.59 pounds, it’s also quite a bit lighter too, making it ideal for use over longer periods of time. With a dust collection system that ensures work spaces are tidier and complete with a detail finger, the BDCMS20C certainly can work in areas that other sanders may not be able to reach. With a reputation for being ideal for intricate jobs, as well as being quite speedy, this could be the sander you need.

At Number Three...


The PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B Max Cordless Detail Sander comes with a low profile that means users will be closer to the surface when they’re sanding, having a better line of sight, and better control. The variable speed dial allows users to adjust the speed depending on the work their undertaking, and the rugged black/gray finish helps to maker this sander stand out.






2.49 Pounds


20 Volts

Sold for approximately $60, and weighing 2.49 pounds, this is the lightest sander we’ve seen, and measuring 6.7 x 4 x 11.5, it is one of the longest, but that just means it’s capable of sanding a larger surface at any one time. The dust collection system not only helps to keep your work area clean, but it can be removed so you can attach the PORTER-CABLE to a 1 ¼ inch hose for optimum dust collection. With a reputation for being a reliable sander that works well, the PCCW201B could be the sander for you.

At Number Four...


The BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 Mouse Detail Sander is sold for approximately $44, making it the lowest priced sander we have seen so far. With the ability to fit in small spaces the Black+Decker can get a lot of small jobs done that many other sanders may struggle to do. Complete with a finger attachment and sanding pad, users can get straight to work if they so desire.








14,000 OPM

With a three position grip control which makes the BDEMS600 even easier to use, and the ability to work at 14,000 OPM, this sander could be ideal if you don’t need a particularly large one, but you still want to get a lot of jobs done.

At Number Five...

SKIL 7302-02

The SKIL 7302-02 Octo Detail Sander is sold for approximately $40, and comes with pressure control technology, ensuring only the correct amount of pressure is applied at any time and a micro-filtration system that picks up any dust and debris, keeping your work area clean.






4.9 Pounds


120 Volts

Measuring 6 x 10 x 6.2 inches, and weighing 4.9 pounds, the SKIL is one of the heaviest sanders we have seen, and although that may mean it cannot be used for hours on end without its weight affecting the user’s hands, it is powerful enough to get a lot of jobs done. With a reputation for being a reliable and powerful sander, the 7302-02 could be just what you need.

Buying Guide…


While many different sanders tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a detail sander that comes with a lot of power. This is because the more power a sander has, the heavier it is likely to be, if you opt for a sander that has a lot of power, it may be too powerful to get those smaller, more intricate jobs done. The most important aspect of a detail sander is what it can offer you in terms of price, weight, and accessories, so it would make more sense to concentrate on those factors.


The model you end up buying will depend on a few factors: How much you want to pay for your new detail sander, how often you’ll use it, and the size of the jobs you’ll be doing.

- Price

The amount of money you’ll  pay is likely to reflect the quality of your detail sander. If you choose to buy a cheap sander, you’re not going to get a really good finish. However, some cheaper sanders will let you get a few jobs done without very much trouble. The more money you pay the better your new detail sander will be simply because it will be made out of better materials. If you purchase a sander that has a mid-range price you could end up with a sander that’s almost as good as some of the more pricey ones, but this isn’t always the case. Do your research, take a look at customer reviews and comments, and don’t forget that if you’re unhappy with your new detail sander you can always return it.

- How often you will use it

If you’re not going to use your detail sander every week you won’t need to spend much money on it. However, if you plan to use it fairly frequently, you may want to spend a bit more money so you end up with a model that is strong, works well, and has a lot of different features.


Not a lot of people think about the weight of their sander before they buy it, however, if you don’t think about the weight you may be putting yourself at risk of buying a detail sander that is just too heavy. You may purposefully buy a heavy detail sander because you think it may be more robust than some of the lighter ones, and while this may be the case, you might not be able to use it for more than a few minutes at a time. However if you were thinking of something more permanent then you should have a look at disc sander or bench sander

Although you don’t have to put all of your weight on your new sander, and you won’t have to lift it very often, the heavier it is the harder it will be to use.  If you want to buy a very heavy and robust detail sander, you should be prepared to use it a lot, as this type of sander has been made for frequent use. However, if you don’t want to buy a heavy sander, opt for a lighter model that can cope with occasional use, as they will be so much easier to deal with.

Questions We Are Frequently Asked…

How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

We cannot say for sure how often you will need to change your sandpaper, but if you will be using your new detail sander every day you will need to change it fairly frequently. If you’re only going to be using your sander every few weeks you won’t need to change it very often at all.

The frequency of change also depends on the jobs that you do. Inevitably, some jobs will require using a lot more sandpaper, and others may not need much at all.

If you find that you need to change your sandpaper a lot, consider sticking with the same sandpaper but use less pressure when you’re sanding. You could be applying too much pressure, thereby wearing the sandpaper down, and perhaps even damaging the surface that you’re working on.

You may also want to think about the coarseness of your sandpaper. Some sandpaper is really coarse, whereas other pieces are not coarse at all. If the sandpaper you’re using has very fine grit you may need to change it frequently, especially if the grit is not coarse enough. When you use a detail sander for the first time you may not be sure what type of sandpaper you should use, but do not worry after a while you will understand exactly what to use.

Where to get extra sandpaper?

Your new detail sander will probably have some sandpaper with it in the box. Some detail sanders come with a few spare sheets too.

If you want to make sure you always have a lot of sandpaper in stock you could purchase some from the manufacturer, but buying it from them could be a little pricey. Why not consider buying sandpaper from a local retailer? Not only is it likely to be cheaper, but it will also help to support your local community too.

Sandpaper is widely available online and in well-known hardware stores. Please make sure you always buy sandpaper that is ideal for use with your new detail sander.

It doesn’t really matter what brand of sandpaper you buy, and it doesn’t really matter where you buy it from. If the sandpaper is compatible for use with your new detail sander it should be ok.

When do you use a Detail Sander?

Detail sanders are typically used when you need to sand around edges and tight corners. This type of sander is not ideal if need to sand areas that are quite hard to reach, or if you need to sand gently. Detail sanders usually come with different attachments that allow you to use them in corners, right angles, and cylinders. With this in mind, a detail sander should not be used as your main sander, as it simply isn’t made to tackle large jobs that orbital finishing or random orbit sanders can do.

In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a detail sander you’re probably aware that choosing the right one is not always that easy. Every model on the market seems to be claiming that they are the very best. However, there are only a few details sanders out there that can give you what you need. We hope we have made your search easier, so you are that little bit closer to getting all of your jobs done to a standard you can be pleased 

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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