|Item Weight||7.5 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||15.2 x 9.9 x 6.5 inches|
|Item model number||6020-21|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Milwaukee 6020-21 1/4-Sheet Orbital Sander
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- 3.0 amp permanent magnet motor with 14,000 orbits per minute ; powerful, lightweight motor produces dependable speed and power
- Pad cushioning and break; reduces swirl marks and ensures a smoother finish
- Tactile rubber top and narrow sander body; ergonomic design provides added comfort and control and reduces user fatigue
- Large paper clamp tabs; allows for effortless paper changes
- Integrated vacuum ports for 1-1/4-inch or 2-1/4-inch I.D. vacuum attachments
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SANDER 1/4 SHEET W/BAG. The product is easy to use. The product is durable. The product is manufactured in China.
From the Manufacturer
The Milwaukee 6020-21 1/4-sheet palm sander features a 3.0 amp permanent magnet motor with 14,000-orbits per minute. This powerful, lightweight motor produces dependable speed and power. The pad cushioning and break reduces swirl marks and ensures a smoother finish. This sander also has a tactile rubber top and body along with a narrow sander body. The ergonomic design provides added comfort and control and reduces user fatigue from any angle. Large paper clamp tabs allow for effortless paper changes. The integrated vacuum ports support 1-1/4-inch or 2-1/4-inch I.D. vacuum attachments. The Milwaukee 6020-21 1/4-sheet palm sander also has an in-line dust port with flexible dust collection bag to capture the maximum amount of dust without compromising site line, and features a removable top for easy service and brush replacement.
Top customer reviews
So far I have used it a couple of times sanding between wood finishes. It certainly has plenty of power, it wants to go forward and sand, so really all I did was just guide it and let it do all the work. Here are some pros and cons-
Grip Strength and Teeth
Long 12' Cord! (I think my Makita only has a 6')
Soft Grip and Narrow Waist makes for easy control.
Vibration a bit softer than previous ones I've owned
Vacuum adapter (I have not used it yet, but a nice option)
Easy Maintenance from the top is nice when necessary
Love that Hard Case, it can hold paper and probably hold an extension cord too.
Double Insulated Cord (Can use grounded cords or double insulated for extensions)
*Paper Load System
Paper Holder Location
Couldn't find it locally
In line fuse?
Okay, the complaint of not finding it locally (even at Milwaukee dealers) is the assumption that if I need maintenance items I will have to order them and not be able to just swing to the store. Using this more for hobbies and the occasional job that shouldn't be a problem, but still.
As for the in-line fuse the main thing is once one goes, it seems it's time to call a ton of stores to find a replacement. I could be wrong as I have not opened the fuse container.
Quiklok - Most of my Milwaukee tools are cordless but I do own the 5540 Buffer which has a quiklok cord. It is the only item I've ever had with it and I absolutely love the option. My buffer has a 25' cord and though this one is nice with a 12', if it were quiklok I could just snap it in the sander and not need an extension cord at all. Maybe they only do it for the heavier duty items, but once I started using the quiklok I loved it. That is the main reason for the 4 star rating and not 5 is that they should have done that, it would have made cord storage and replacement of damaged cords so much easier on to not needing an extension cord.
The paper loading and holding devices. The complaints I found online almost made me not buy the item. There was a part of me thinking it was just people complaining out of their own ignorance and when reading a full review I decided that for the most part must be the case. While the loading system is different, I like that it has the saw teeth for holding the paper. Any other 1/4 sander I've used the back paper was held by the dust vent. This one you slide the arms out and then use them like a pry bar to open the holding harness. The nice thing is that in the middle it opens evenly or if you do it on either side you can lift just a small part of the grip. It helps a lot if you've got paper in but only the corner is not connected. And while yes I did find that the dust vent was in the way, moving the lever to the furthest out position and then again while closing it made paper loading easy enough. A few sheets and I'll have it.
Maybe its my hand size, but it feels like after loading a few sheets in the sander I will learn how to hold the sander and the pry arm with one hand and just put the paper right on in. Another really nice thing about how it loads the paper is the constant tension. Since you don't just swing out an arm and then push it back to hold it, you get far more control. All of my other sanders when I have the paper loaded it still had some slack and if I went sideways with the sander and it caught a splinter the paper started to rip. With this one once I have the back end loaded and go to load the front, having that constant tension with the swiveling arms allowed me to pull the paper perfectly tight against the pad. I was very impressed. I didn't lose a sheet or anything like that.
While I think there are some merits to the complaints out there, I think impatience and impulse complaints are what created most of the bad reviews. I also wouldn't doubt that many of them are complaining because it isn't the exact replica of some other brand of tool that they loved. Like saying your new puppy just isn't as good as your old dog was sort of thing.
If you want a solid sander from a great company, try it out. If it turns to garbage I'm sure I'll update the review or as I learn more about it, but I have doubts on that as my other Milwaukee tools have been amazing. They just really need a quiklok for this guy! And if they simply elevated the dust collector a smidgen of an inch any loading complaints would be null and void. Still I think better than the Makita and all of the other sanders I saw of this style $60 and under.
Though for those using self-adhesive sandpaper, or for light or occasional use, this tool is a good value at the current heavily discounted price. The power gives quick results and a nice finish.
TWO ISSUES WITH THE CLAMPS: There are two big issues with the clamps that hold the sandpaper. Since this is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, they will be serious issues for many users:
1 - The clamps are really awkward for installing paper - you have to force the clamp open and fiddle with getting the edge of the paper wrapped around the pad and under the clamp. A lever swings out, and you need to use that lever to lift the clamp out far enough to insert the paper. It takes a fair bit of force to open up the clamps, too, as the lever isn't that helpful. And you can't really use the back clamp as intended, because the dust tube gets in the way of using it in the center. So you need to move it to one side or the other, which means the clamp opens unevenly - more on the side the lever is on than the other side. All of which might be tolerable if it weren't for issue #2 ...
2 - The front clamp doesn't hold the paper, when used in certain applications. It seems worst when sanding on a wider piece of work, which engages more of the paper, and when moving across the work in certain directions. Self adhesive paper would likely overcome this problem. And light users may find that fooling with the paper is still worthwhile, given the low price and the results you can get with the sander. (See the bottom of the review for some notes on cutting and installing paper - though it's a lot of fooling around if you're doing much sanding.)
All of which is a shame, as this would be a nice tool if the clamps worked properly:
PERFORMANCE: I'm very happy with the results and the speed (though I don't use it for fine wood finishes, mostly paint prep work). Choosing the right sandpaper for the job helps.
VIBRATION: I haven't had many problems with vibration (except when I'm not using it right), and generally find it easy to use. It can be a little awkward, mostly due to the dust bag, but with some thinking you can fit it into a lot of places that a larger sander wouldn't fit, or do small areas.
NOISE: The noise level seems reasonable if loud. I wasn't expecting it to be quiet, but was worried it might be excessively loud. (But wear ear protection!)
DUST COLLECTION: Seems to work well. It catches a respectable amount of the dust.
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: The case is useful and fairly well designed (see photos in the product image gallery). The hole punch (to put holes in paper you cut, to allow dust removal from the surface) is easy to use.
CORD: 12 feet, two wire
WARRANTY: Five years
NOTE ON CUTTING AND INSERTING PAPER: If you want to use sheets of paper, here's one potential workaround: Cut pieces of paper about 6" to 6-1/4" long, so you have enough to add a 1/4" to 3/8" fold to each end, where the paper goes into clamps. Or even allow for two folds for the front clamp, if need be. Be sure to fold it down to the standard 5-1/2", though, or you won't be able to get the paper tight enough for the sander to work well.
Insert the paper in the rear clamp just enough to hold it, so you have more slack to work with the front. Then insert the paper in the front clamp. Once it's in both clamps tighten up the paper in the rear and front by inserting it as far as possible.
You'll get only 3 pieces of paper per sheet, and you'll still surely curse the clamps, but it may let you get some work done with the sander.
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The title bag for dust is just totally ineffective.Read more