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DeWalt 20V Cordless Drywall Sander

DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander

DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander Perfect for Working in Unpowered Areas

The DeWalt 20V Max line continues to grow with the addition of the Cordless Drywall Sander. DeWalt designed this tool for better mobility around the site, and particularly for unpowered and hard-to-reach areas.

10-Second Summary

  • Kit Model: DeWalt DCE800P2
  • Head-mounted brushless motor maintains constant speed under load
  • Telescoping shaft and articulating head
  • Integrated with Wireless Tool Control for dust management
  • AirLock Connection Port
  • Variable speed dial
  • Dual-action trigger
  • Compatible with hard and soft backing pads
  • Sandpaper ranges from 80 to 240 grit
  • Available Fall 2020
  • Kit Price: $619

Tight Spots Meet Their Match

DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander

The DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Drywall Sander marries cordless convenience with a bunch of other features to keep you productive even when working in tighter spots.

It features a telescoping shaft and fully articulating head that lets you sand walls and ceilings easily. A head-mounted brushless motor helps maintain a constant speed throughout the work. That helps with getting a consistent finish.

With an emphasis on safety, the DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander also features enhanced dust extraction. It comes with DeWalt’s Wireless Tool Control, which allows the sander to wirelessly couple itself to a compatible dust extractor. Basically, when you pull the trigger on the sander, it sends a signal to your dust extractor to fire up. This frees you up from having to manually control the dust extractor.

Additionally, the DeWalt sander features an AirLock connection port. This offers a quick and secure connection to any DeWalt Dust Extractor without the need for a separate adapter.

DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander

The DeWalt cordless drywall sander also features a variable speed dial that lets you set your speed anywhere between 700 and 1200 OPM. For even more control, you get a dual-action trigger.

DeWalt cordless drywall sander controls

The DeWalt Cordless Drywall Sander accepts both hard and soft backing pads, both of which use 9-inch hook and loop sanding discs. DeWalt’s line of 9-inch sanding discs range between 80 and 240-grit and include paper and mesh models. The hard backing pad is sold separately.

Our Initial Thoughts

Clearly, a cordless drywall sander still requires dust collection, so this tool provides a solution for limited-use applications. It seems to work best where you can benefit from an all-battery solution. DeWalt touts it as a tool that brings some additional maneuverability. Since you remain connected to a shop vac, that doesn’t really present itself. Of course, the same issue affects all cordless drywall sanders on the market.

Currently, the largest DeWalt cordless vacuum comes in a 2-gallon capacity. If you go with a truly all-battery solution for small sanding jobs, you end up somewhat capacity-limited. After all, a cordless drywall sander merely swaps one of its two tether points (the cord) for a heavier sanding tool. In the end, this niche product might find a home with users who find themselves wanting a fully-portable solution for quick jobs and repair.


The DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Drywall Sander sells as a kit with two DCB05 5.0Ah batteries and a charger. You can also pick it up as a bare tool. The kit will retail for $619, while the bare tool will run you $439. It includes a 3-year warranty, as well as DeWalt’s 1-year free service agreement and 90-day money-back guarantee.

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Drywall Sander Specs

  • Kit Model: DeWalt DCE800P2
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Speed: 700-1200 Orbits Per Minute
  • Tool Length: 49 in.
  • Tool Weight: 8.59 lbs.
  • Warranty: 3-year
  • Price: $619 (kit), $439 (bare tool)

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Jimmy Riddle

A $500 premium to go cordless ?

Philip Warren

I love Dewalt tools but not sure it’s worth the extra $500 to go cordless?

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