Reviews and Problems with Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander
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Makita assembly worker snafu
Product review, Amazon
28 December 2014
Summary: Bought the belt sander after reading reviews and features. I opened the box and pulled it out, tested it and then bought some more belts to have some on hand. The initial testing was just to run the unit without actually doing any work. Put it up winter coming and didn't have anything to do.
Summary: The Makita 3 by 21 belt sander is a big improvement over my old 3 by 21 Sears (junk) Craftsman belt sander that I gave away. After reading all the reviews I ended up buying the Makita belt sander and don't regret it. It's powerful quite and very smooth running.
Summary: Great quality but if you have never owned a belt sander it is something you need to practice with or you will probably destroy your project. It is very powerful and I would suggest not starting out with the 80 grit belt that it comes with.
Summary: This sander is all it's cracked-up to be. Though heavy, with regular use, your arms get stronger and it is easier to control. I bought this to sand down lots of rough-sawn pine as well as driftwood planks that are then made into benches. With 40 grit belts, it removes a lot of material very quickly.
Summary: I debated between this Makita and a Rigid $99.00 belt sander. I have had great experiences with both brands. I chose to save a few bucks and purchased the Rigid belt sander. If you read the reviews (which I did before the Rigid purchase) on the Rigid belt sander, they are all accurate.
Summary: After renting a drum sander to sand the main areas of our guest bedroom and hallway, I used this sander for the hard to reach areas around the baseboard and closets. This sander worked long hard hours but held up like a champ.
Summary: I had a rockwell/porter cable classic 3x21 belt sander for 40 years, and I thought I really liked that heavy old thing, but when it finally quit, I replaced it with this Makita, and I can't believe how much better this is. The belt tracks straight.
Summary: Used this item to finish-sand some wide and uneven chestnut floor boards. Did great with a wide variety of grit paper. Easy to adjust tracking. I do wish there was a better way to attach to a vacuum to help collect dust but the bag did work well enough. When I kill this one...