DeWalt says its new 5” variable speed random orbit sander - model DWE6423K - is the first in an entire new line of sanders for professionals. The price is $79 with a 3-year warranty and 1-year free service contract. It launches in August 2015.

The sander is part of DeWalt's Perform & Protect line of power tools that provide more professional caliber performance, i.e., control, dust containment, or low vibration. In the new 5" orbit sander, to minimize vibration, a separate counterweight was added that provides comfort and control, ultimately leading to a smoother finish - since if you don't get tired of holding the sander, you'll do a better job using it. Sanding applications including top grip flat or edge sanding and body grip edge sanding

An expanded rubber over-mold is also designed to increase comfort. And dust collection has been improved through the addition of a rubber dust skirt. That keeps dust from escaping around the pad. The dust collection port has a one-handed locking dust bag that works with DeWalt's dust extractors  and uses a universal connector that DeWalt also sells.

Specs-wise, it's 140 mm in height, weighs 2.9 lbs., and has a 3 amp tool that spins 8,000 to 12,000 orbits per minute on a 3/32” orbit.  The shorter height let's you get closer to the sanding surface. Intended for cabinet shops, remodelers, woodworkers, or construction firms, it works on many surfaces including wood, metal, solid surfaces, and fiberglass.  www.dewalt.com