Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 45
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joey Pleasure to work with
I managed to break 3 different sanders when I started my kitchen renovation. I used the Home Depot app on my way to the store to check the reviews. All decent palm sanders were $50, so price wasn't an issue. Based on reviews, Milwaukee was my top choice but wasn't available in store. DeWalt and Makita were my only options. Ridgid's reviews scored to low, I refused to consider it. DeWalt would of been my natural choice but Makita's reviews were higher.
I examined both sanders in the store, Makita was much easier to load. The machine runs smooth and feels stout. I enjoy using this sander and will not hesitate to purchase another one.
March 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ebo15 Great Finishing Sander
This sander is very easy to use. Loading new papers is extremely easy, you just have to make sure you have the papers secured tight enough so that they don't move around, otherwise it won't be as effective. it has metal bars to hold the paper down instead of rubber or plastic. This is a good thing because without them being metal, they can get looser over the time you use the sander, making it hard to keep the paper in place. The dust catcher is very effective and does not pop off while you're working like they do on some sanders.
This sander had a little bit smaller handle than the others we looked at, making it easier to grip and move around, especially if you have smaller hands. It is also a little bit lighter than some other sanders - weight wise. I like the square sander as opposed to the round orbital ones because it is easier to get into corners with - and I have a lot of corners on my current project.
It obviously isn't like a belt sander, but it's got a good amount of power to it. I've been working on a project where I'm sanding five layers of paint, dating decades back, off of boards used to build a built in desk in a kids bedroom. Why you would paint wood pink and other horrible colors, I have no idea, but we are sanding all the paint off so we can stain the desk. Stripper would be easier, but it isn't a well ventilated room, so we're sticking to sanding. With some work, this sander with 40 grit sand paper is actually doing a wonderful job eating through the layers of paint. When I get through most of the paint layers, I've switched to a 100 or 150 grit paper. That way the wood doesn't get chewed up, as it is very soft wood. The sander is powerful enough that it does a great job with tougher grit paper, and an even nicer job of the finishing work with a lesser grit paper. I've gotten a great smooth finish on the wood we have uncovered so far, and I have stained some of the drawers and it turned out great. I completely recommend this product as a finishing sander.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sawtoothspanky light weight, low noise, low vibration
I bought this sander to replace the older Makita model that I had used for over 15 years. I can purchase parts to repair the older model, but I needed another one right away to finish projects I was working on. I decided since the Makita had been such a great product that I would stay with the Makita brand and buy the new model. The paper holders on the new model were redesigned, which was a concern for me but they seem to hold the paper just fine and I've already put it through the test. I recommend this product to anyone who needs a 1/4 sheet sander. This is a very reliable brand.
June 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bobbo Works great for my job.
I went to the store originally to purchase the Milwaukee sander primarily because of the reviews and that it was 3 amps. I've had other sanders that bogged down if you pushed them so I thought go big.
Problem was, when you undid the clamp, the serrated strip that was to clamp down on the paper didn't lift up to insert the paper. You had to lift it manually which was difficult.
I went straight to the Makita as it was my 2nd choice and so far it has performed excellently. The bag collects a great deal of dust and stays on. The unit doesn't bog down when you push on it, and vibration is minimal.
This thing is light years ahead of the B&D 1/2 sheet sander I have.
March 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheGoat Fantastic little machine
This is by far the best palm sander I've ever owned and it was a steal at the sale price. This Makita sander is rugged and well built but also operates smoothly and is extremely easy to control. The dust collector works surprisingly well. I've used other brands which seemed to have the dust bag as a mere decoration. Not the case here. It works very well. The tension bars which hold the sandpaper on are thick and strong and won't bend like some other, only slightly cheaper brands. I've worked extensively with this sander for a few weeks now and have yet to find a fault. Excellent product from Makita.
November 24, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sawtoothspanky Light weight Low vibration, Comfortable.
I purchased this Makita Sander to replace it's older brother. Although I can order parts to repair it, I needed one right away to finish projects I had started on. This sander performs just as well if not better than the older model. Light weight, Low vibration and very comfortable to use. My only concern was the redesign of the paper holders. The older model has aligator teeth. This one has bars, but they seem to hold the paper just fine, and I've given it the workout. If you are in the market to purchase a finishing sander, I would recomend you buy this sander.
June 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by haikurodney Very nice sander
I replaced a Porter Cable 330 palm sander with this sander. It is half the price. The orbit is smaller allowing you to sand closer to an obstruction. I was also very surprised how well the dust pickup works. It doesn't get all, but, it gets a lot. Works well for me and I am glad I purchased it. I also like the tool that punches the dust holes - you can buy use regular sheets of sandpaper
October 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by k2clk A real nice sander
I have had this sander for about a month and I just love it. There is very little vibration and it doesn't bounce around on the work surface like some other sanders. I am able to say that because I have tried just about every 1/4 sander out there. All of the sanders that I have tried, have their little quirks. Some of these quirks are very annoying while others drive you nuts and some just stop you from completing your job. I do a lot of scroll saw work and when I am finishing off a scroll picture or just about anything except for 3D work, I try and use a finishing sander on the flat surface. In the past there was only one sander that was gentle enough, had good dust removal, did not fatigue your hand and most of all was very durable. That sander is no longer made and I have been trying to find a replacement for that sander for the past 5 years, until now. Some people say that I am crazy for using a hand sander of a completed work, especially if it has take you a whole day to complete the design. One accidental grab or slip-up from the sander and you have just made wood for the fire place. So you need a sander that is gentle, easy to control, accurate and durable and I have finally found that sander again. There was only one other sander that came close to this one but in the end the paper hold downs were poorly constructed and needed constant replacement. There is one item that I should mention and that is that this sander does now allow you to connect a vacuum hose. For my type of work, the bag system that came with the sander is more than adequate. I have made a simple adaptor that allows me to connect a 1 1/4" vacuum hose but I don't use it. This sander has one very important feature that is so simple that I cannot understand why other 1/4 sanders do not have this feature and it has to do with dust collection. This sander comes with a plastic plate that you can hold in your hand or mount to your work bench. This little plate has plastic 1/4" pins that match up to the air inlet holes on your sander plate. All you have to do to put air inlet holes in your sandpaper is, take your sander with the sandpaper attached and push it against the plastic plate. You now have perfectly aligned holes in you sandpaper to suck in the dust, and thats that, simple yet very important. I know that this feature doesn't sound like a big deal but just try and find sandpaper for your sander with pre-made holes in it. If there are any noteworthy changes in the quality of this sander, I will be back with a revision to my present findings.
January 2, 2011