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Makita 2 Amp Corded 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander
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Makita

2 Amp Corded 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander

  • Powerfully versatile sheet sander
  • Feature rich, ergonomic design for user comfort and convenience
  • Highly rated finish sander for overall performance
$49.98 /each

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The Makita 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander is ideal for wood workers and finish carpenters for a wide range of finish-sanding applications. This sander features a 2 Amp motor that delivers 14,000 orbits per minute for fast and smooth finishing. To increase durability, it has a rubber-sealed switch that helps prevent dust contamination and all-ball bearing construction to significantly reduce vibration and noise.

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  • Includes sander, 60-grit abrasive paper (742509-3), 100-grit abrasive paper (742510-8-5), 150-grit abrasive paper (742511-6-5), dust bag (166078-4) and punch plate (450066-4)
  • 14,000 OPM for fast and smooth finish sanding
  • Precision engineered all-ball bearing construction for reduced vibration and noise
  • Large clamping lever for quick and easy paper installation
  • Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system for a cleaner work environment
  • Conveniently located on/off switch for easy one-handed operation
  • Contoured, rubberized palm grip design for comfort and control
  • Aluminum cast shoe base for increased durability
  • Double insulated
  • 1-year warranty
  • Includes: abrasive paper, 60-grit (742509-3), abrasive paper, 100-grit (742510-8-5), abrasive paper, 150-grit (742511-6-5), dust bag (166078-4), punch plate (450066-4)
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Name 3 Amp 1/4 Sheet Corded Palm Sander 2 Amp Corded 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander with Tool Case 1/3 Corded Sheet Finishing Sander
Brand Milwaukee Makita Makita Makita
Ratings (40) (51) (68) (53)
Cordless/ Corded Corded Corded Corded Corded
Power Tool Features Bag Included,Lock On Switch No Additional Features Case Included No Additional Features
Dust collection type Bag Bag Bag Bag
Reconditioned No No No No
Speed (rpm) 14000 14000 14000 11000
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Can I adapt Tis to a vacuum?

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Hrh
Coronado, ca
July 22, 2012
I would like to hook it to a small shop vac.
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Cedaredge, CO
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September 17, 2013
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Yes! With some minor alterations like a reducer from your vacuum you should be able to adapt nicely.
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June 6, 2013
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You could. If you take the adapter off the bag, and connect it to a 2 1/4" hose. But you would'nt have has much freedom using the sander.
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July 30, 2012
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The BO4556 Finishing Sander provides 14,000 OPM for fast and smooth finishing sanding. The sander includes precision engineered all-ball-bearing construction for reduced vibration and noise. The BO4556 has an efficient through-the-pad dust collection system. The sander can be attached to an external dust collection system. The dust port outside diameter (OD) is 7/8”.
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coronado ca
July 29, 2012
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I went ahead and bought this sander. The bag adapter fits a full size shop vac hose ( aprox. 2 1/4 ") very well. Just used some duct tape to keep it on during use. The vacuum pulls most all dust out during sanding.
Satisfied customer.
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Texas
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July 23, 2012
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Hrh,
The OD of the output tube on the sander is 7/8". So you would need some type of step down adapter for your shop vac in order to connect it to the sander.
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is this a square sander good for sanding sheeprock

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December 14, 2011
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September 17, 2013
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I would not recommend using any sander on sheetrock! You can use a putty knife and scrape off what you need to remove! The dust would be a major problem for both you and the sander.
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Lakeview, OR 97630, USA
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June 6, 2013
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To much power for sheetrock try one with variable speeds. It will create alot of dust. Be sure to wear a dust mask, and googles.
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July 23, 2012
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Natalie,
If you're using it to sand repairs or joints in sheet rock, this might be more than you need. If you do use an orbital sander on drywall, be sure to use a fine grit sandpaper to prevent unintentional damage to the surface of the drywall.
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January 17, 2012
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yes this sander is square, not the round orbital type sanders.
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December 15, 2011
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While the BO4556 Finishing Sander is great for a variety of sanding applications, the sander is engineered for sanding paint or wood. We do not recommend it for sanding sheetrock.
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can I use this to sand my wood floors

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October 10, 2016
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This sander uses a quarter sheet of sandpaper. If you are sanding a small area it will work fine. If you want to sand an entire floor or a large area I would not recommend it. Using a sander this size can cause you to create hills and valleys as you sand. I have had success using a belt sander, but, even with a belt sand you have to be careful.
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Yes, the 1/4-Sheet Finishing Sander (BO4556) may be used to sand wood floors.
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Orange, Ca.
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May 1, 2014
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Hi Peppermint, yes you can use this sander on your wood floors. However it would take you a considerable amount of time.
You would be better off by renting a floor sander. These machines, make quick work of finishing a hardwood floor.
I have provided a link to show you one style of floor sander. Check your local Home Depot rental department for other Read More
Hi Peppermint, yes you can use this sander on your wood floors. However it would take you a considerable amount of time.
You would be better off by renting a floor sander. These machines, make quick work of finishing a hardwood floor.
I have provided a link to show you one style of floor sander. Check your local Home Depot rental department for other styles.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Oreck-Commercial-Orbital-Floor-Machine-Vac-550MC/203563225 Read Less
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will paper stay in place?

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Or due you have to re set paper all the time.
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The paper is held in place by two wire clamps. The new 3M sandpaper I purchased has a non-slip backing that sticks to the sander's pad. I find it necessary to remove the sandpaper prior to storing the sander.
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It stays in place if you make sure it's right from the get-go. I have never had to take the paper out to reset it. Obviously with aggressive sanding the paper will wear through a little faster and you have to replace it. But I have never really had to tighten the paper. I think this is because of the metal bars that hold the paper in place. Plastic or rubber "bars" tend to loosen up.
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The Makita 1/4-Sheet Finishing Sander (BO4556) is ideal for wood workers and finish carpenters and has large clamping levers for quick and easy paper installation. Once the sanding paper is installed, you do not have to set the paper until a replacement is needed. Please read the owner’s manual for additional instructions.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 51 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice This is my 4th palm sander in 20 yrs. I've owned a Porter Cable and 2 Dewalts. Compared to my other sanders (death due to motor PC and 1 Dewalt, broken plastic catch for holding sandpaper securing arm...still using w bungee) the motor is quieter and smoother sounding. Good feel in the hand, secure and easy to slide over project. Very happy w sanded results, so far I'd rate it higher than my previous sanders. Only small caveat, securing 1/4 sheet of sandpaper isn't 2 second piece of cake, I think the length of the pad is just slightly longer, so you can't back one end of the sheet in place, clamp and expect you'll have enough material to clamp other end. July 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best 1/4 sheet sander out there I have owned Ryobi, Dewalt, Rigid, and now Makita 1/4 sheet sanders. The Ryobi was cheap and it acted and felt that way. I got about 1 1/2 years of use out of it before it died. I bought the Dewalt after that. The action on the Dewalt was good but it died about 6 months after purchase. I got the Rigid after that. The Rigid has the best solution for attaching the sandpaper but it is an aggressive machine that will send vibrations through your arm all the way to your head. I would always have a headache after using it. It died at about 1 year. Now I have the Makita. This is by far the best I have used. It is smooth and vibration free. The sanding action is good but not over powering. The paper attachment is not as nice as the Rigid but that is no big deal considering the smoothness of the Makita. I absolutely hate the sanding process for my projects but this sander is a joy to use. August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great All-around Sander!! I purchased this sander almost a month ago and am very satisfied so far. I have used it several times for various projects and have been very impressed with its quality and how good it feels in your hand. Sandpaper is simple to install and holds securely in place. The dust collector seems to work better than with other sanders I've used. This is certainly the quietest sander I've ever used. The Makita brand is top notch, in my opinion and never fails to impress. The only negative comment I can say is that this sander, when bought in-store, does not come with a carry case as does the one that can be purchased online. This was quite a disappointment when I saw the case included only after I had used mine a number of times. However, this is not a strike against the quality of the sander itself. July 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 Great sander works great, less noise than most very happy with it April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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
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