Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JT Great Sander
After research, bought the Makita to resurface a 40 year old 7' x 18' deck with 2 x 6 boards that had raised edges. The Makita got great reviews and it performed up to expectations. I was able to use 2 50 grit, 3 80 grit, and 2 120 grit to smooth the boards for refinishing. No pressing on the sander is required - it tracks perfectly and has a fine centering adjustment. Deck turned out great - great sander!
October 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Frank OK for the money
Good product, I could use a little more power and sanding speed although it was able to handle everything for my sanding needs. Auto tracking works well, didn't need adjustable speed for which I had it on maximum.
It gets a little warm and doesn't move the material as fast relative my old all metal construction 4x24 commercial duty belt sander. The old stuff was built like a battle ship.
Problem was it had a high spot rather than sanding evenly across the flat bottom of the shoe plate. I think it was the problem with the cork pad. Well see if Makita has a fix or replace the cork pad.
Being right handed I had no problem with the dust bag located on the left side as noted by others. Having the ability to sand right the edge of a wall was a nice feature.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Simon Super !
I refinished a large dining room table that sits 8 which was in a fire that burnt the middle of the table but needed a belt sander started off with 40 grit then finished of with a 120 grit. Machine had plenty of power. Easy to load and adjusts I had very little dust as the key is to check and empty the bag as it can fill rather quickly depending on grit used and time The machine is weii built and I kepted cord on my shoulder so it would not get caught up in machine.Worth the money
April 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Very good belt sander for the money.
I have had Makita power tools in the past and was always satified with them.(ie. table saw. chop saw. circular saw) Still have them after 26 years and they have seen the're share of many home improvement projets plus some contracting over those years. I decided on the makita belt sander because of the variable speed,decibel level and the're proven reliability. I have had two other non makita sanders and they both died. I,m refinishing some older yellow pine floors in two smaller bedrooms and I did not wish to rent a floor sander. Just finished one of them and the variable speed was a must. Looks great!!! and I will save a good dollar doing so. I,m sure I will not be disappointed with my new sander. And the bag works great also.
March 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RAS123 Works like I hoped it would.
The belt sander is really fast and efficient. Wood removal was a breeze and the dust collector really works to keep me breathing clean air.
December 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jenn This tool is great for serious surface removal. Don't buy it for small surfaces, little jobs or detail work.
This tool is great for serious surface removal. Don't buy it for small surfaces, little jobs or detail work.
Everything I own by Makita is top notch. We work our tools hard and pretty much only use DeWalt, Makita, Porter Cable or Milwaukee. You won't be disappointed.
November 5, 2013