Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sawback very tough
I've done many hours of heavy duty 36-grit sanding with this machine, gone through dozens of friction pads and hundreds of belts. No sign of weakness yet. Highly recommended.
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Alfie A great tool but not for the feint of heart
As with most Makita corded power tools, this is a good heavy duty machine
that will probably last the rest of your life ( add it to your will). With the right
sanding belt it is able to remove an extraordinary amount of material. If your
previous experience is only with vibrating sanders, be certain to practice
on some scrap before you attack the solid cherry table top you made.
At 14 Lbs. its no lightweight and needs a strong hand to control it.
The dust collector works quite well and the bag gets most of the mess
but there is still a lot that escapes. Don't try to use it in any place you
don't plan on giving a through cleaning afterwards.
February 27, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vhghdyhb Makes life a lot easier
This sander makes my carpentry projects a lot easier and less time consuming. It's exactly what I needed.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by daveinatlanta excellent sander
I used this product for the first time to level a 6' x 3' table top made of purple heart. The sander has plenty of power to get the job done. At 14 lbs. , it is somewhat heavy so extended use will eventually be felt by your back, but the weight also helps get the job done quickly. I saw other reviews that were a few years old that said the dust collection wasn't sufficient. I found just the opposite. I was surprised at how much dust was collected. I typically sand outside my workshop to help keep the inside clean, but I found I could use this sander inside the shop because the dust collection was so efficient. I gave this five stars for value, but I have to say didn't comparison shop for price. I have other Makita tools that I like and after reading the reviews on this, I decided to purchase. Based on the performance, I would buy this product again without comparison shopping because I can't imagine there is a better sander for the price. I expect to have this sander a long time.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bokie Great for removing material fast
This sander is for removing material fast and it does an amazing job at it. I used to try to level glued wood panels with just a random orbit sander and would spend forever trying to even out the surface. This belt sander does the job at a fraction of the time and creates a more level surface too. Now I just finish up with the random orbit and than some finish sanding. Much more efficient.
November 30, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hohoho My Makita
In the 8 years that I've owned this belt sander, I have found it to be durable, powerful and reliable. It's never let me down & because it's a Makita product, I know it's a quality product. If anyone ever asks me about what belt sander to purchase, I recommend the Makita 3 x 24 which I bought at Home Depot!
April 27, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timber Makita 3x24 belt sander 7.8 amp
I tried this sander at a friends place, for I only had orbital and 1/3 sheet sanders. This sander is the one for me! It is a heafty unit and gets the job done with ease. I make tables, etc. from maple slab cuts which has very rough saw marks and this does the job with no trouble at all. I would recomend this sander to anyone.
October 16, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pep41 The sander will do what the summary said it could do.
The sander weighs and handles as good as other sanders I have used. The belt tension lever and the belt tracking knob are very simple and easy to use. I have used this sander just a few hours, but I think I got my money's worth.
September 24, 2013