Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by whyfor This sander has the perfect blend of power, weight, and balance to accomplish every task presented. I was skeptical of the dust bag at first, however it did surprise me as it captures a good portion of the dust. I hook up to a vac when I want perfection in this department. The sander is fairly priced for a quality unit. I am very satisfied.
October 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Spike Powerful, but an incomplete kit
Sander is powerful.
Unit should come in its own case - both for storage and for storing sandpaper. Also, sander should come with a punch-pad that matches the hole pattern. The pennies this would cost Makita is insignificant compared to the selling price.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BSK Great 1/2 sheet sander
I bought the 1/2 sheet sander for a big project I'm doing and wanted one for future projects. This sander is almost vibration free and quieter than all the other sanders I own. It was easy to control and removed stock very efficiently leaving a flat surface for finishing. I am very please with the purchase.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Harleytom heavy but good
Used on some vertical surfaces & it was heavy but on horizontal surfaces excellent. Tossed the vacuum bag & holder & hooked it up to a shop vac which made the dust minimal. A bit expensive but a good tool for the long run.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kemag Excellent sander
This sander is an amazing value and time saver. I bought this sander to sand the furniture I build as a hobby. Instead of using my quarter sheet or random orbit sander I now use this. It's a half sheet so it sands a huge area and in a sense floats out small imperfections in the work. It's made by makita which makes decent products. Holding it is not fatiguing; vibrations are not jarring at all. Dust collection is incredible with a vacuum. I made my own puncture plate out of a piece of plywood and dowels to save ordering that.
Buy it. If you look at Bosch it's almost 400. And festool is up there too. This one is 160 and well made.
October 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GADGETSRON THE CREAM OF THE CROP
THIS IS BY FAR THE VERY BEST, LARGE SIZE FINISH SANDER AVAILABLE. IT IS QUIET, LIGHT WEIGHT AND POWERFUL. THE PAPER CLAMPING SYSTEM WORKS WELL AND IT'S EASY TO USE. IV BEEN WORKING IN HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS IN CHICAGO AND MILWAUKEE AS A UNION CARPENTER AND THESE MAKITA SANDERS ARE NEEDED FOR THEIR WHISPER QUIET OPERATION. IT IS ONE SOLID AND DURABLE TOOL AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A SANDER THAT WILL BE USED EVERY DAY.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Norm Good tool - very satisfied
I bought to replace my old (other brand) that I bought used years ago. The Makita is lighter and more subject to vibration if you don't get it on the work at just the right angle. Vibration is much more of a factor at the lower speeds. The dust collection works great when hooked up to a shop vac. Plan to do some searching where they sell dust collection equipment for a 7/8 to 2 inch adapter. I have not tried the dust bag. Note that the punch plate is not included. I made my own which works fine.
February 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Keta Great sander!
This sander was over kill for it's first project. Needed to refinish two night stands that had a little water damage from someone leaving the window open when it was raining. The sander worked great. It's quiet, fast, smooth, and the dust collector worked great, no mess ! Now on to a bigger project, my deck and it's railings.
July 15, 2014