Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 51
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Finn 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 Happy 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 DSlade 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 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 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 nickle Great sander
works great, less noise than most very happy with it
April 19, 2016
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 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