Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Zoo Makita 11-Amp Belt Sander
Great sander. Easy to put in a new belt. Awesome that I can attach a vacuum hose to it and suck all the dust into my shopvac. Have to use tape to attach it, but that's no big deal to me. Long cord is really convenient. Only one complaint - the lock button for the trigger. It does not stick out as most tools with a lock button. It is concave. Its position makes it hard for me to push it in using one hand. Even harder if you are using gloves. Start to feel how heavy it is after a while. But I bought it for the high amperage.
October 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by darrens solid beast!
heavy duty workhorse that i use for cedar deck resurfacing. good ergo for both handles and trigger lock for extended sanding. my only gripes: (1) dust port clogs A LOT, forcing work stop to unclog, or live with dust spilling out on work surface, (2) the dust bag sits way to high, making it impossible to sand under low obstacles (see Porter Cable for better bag design, (3) the flange to which the dust bag attaches is cheap plastic and will break when sander bag bumps into an obstruction. please address issue (3) such that issue (4) becomes irrelevant. as this is most expensive unit in its class, I would give 5 stars if bag was redesigned.
September 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hollywood Best Sander for Quality, Power & Performance
I'd like to start by saying I've never written a product review before. However, I just wanted to let others know what my experience has been so far.
Upon opening the box, I switched out the sandpaper for the grit that I wanted to start with. what a simple procedure that was, No worries about setting anything up, or dealing with tracking of the sandpaper or anything like it..
Was simple plug in and go to work. This sander is so Powerful and quiet, its an absolute joy to use, especially since sanding isn't such a joy to begin with.
I'm a contractor and hobby woodworker, so this sander will see a lot of use. I didn't bother looking at any other sander, as this one fit the bill.. Yes, It's a little expensive. but you need to realize that this will most likely be a one time purchase, as it will probably out last YOU yourself. Cry once buy the best, never-mind the rest.
The 9403 comes with a very long cord think 8' or 10' long which is perfect.
be smart when using it, throw the cord over your shoulder in order to keep it out of your way.
I purchased this to help me with the build of my new workbench top.
This sander will come in very handy if you don't have the large expensive Planer's & Jointers. It'll allow you to purchase rough sawn lumber and be able to help you mill it down some.
this sander just screams Quality!!! I'm very happy i purchased it.
The only flaw I can find, is that it doesnt come with a coupler / fitting in order to hook up to the dust collection hoses.
I'm using a Furnco 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
I recently found out that Makita does sell a Vacuum hose for this. Part # 192108-A
I have enough hoses and it was a little disappointing that NONE of them worked plug & play.
Be sure to pick up some Rubber Belt dressing sticks "Pro Stick" it'll clean your sandpaer and allow you more life to it, depending on what your sanding.
March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DeBrat Top of line
Gave this sander to my dad as a gift. He was super impressed. I don't know if he's used it yet.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EasyDoesIt So Far So Good
Sanded two projects, a table and a bench, worked great. Plenty of power, smooth action, belt easy to adjust and a long cord make this the best sander I've ever used.
November 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DeronM Most powerful sander I have ever used in over 20 years
This is without a doubt the best sander I have ever used, as well as the most powerful.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gene A great addition to my shop.
I received the belt sander promptly. It is very well balanced, quiet and easy to handle. The dust bag catches most of the the sawdust, but some does escape and I suppose that is to be expected. A bit pricey, but I have come to learn that you do your research and buy quality products and you won't be disappointed. So far, it has met my expectations.
April 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tonka so far so good
Have been sanding three different tables, madrone burl, cider and a beautiful redwood piece and so far it has meet my expectations.
January 19, 2016