Reviews and Problems with Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander
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29 October 2014
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. It is very aggressive and will put deep grooves in your work piece if you are not careful. The dust collector bag does a fairly good job but make sure you wear a dust mask especially in a closed area because it will not catch it all.
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. Switching to 80 grit belts provides a smooth finish, also very quickly.Changing belts is very easy.
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. The sander is very controllable, balanced, relatively quiet, efficient and solid.
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...(I have more floors to do) I will get another one.
Summary: I bought a Rockwell 3x24 sander from Menards. What a waste of money. Would not keep track and would only use about 1" of the belt to sand. Rockwell wanted me to drive 100 miles round trip to "have it looked at." Menards would not take it back nor would Rockwell let me send it to them. Threw it in the trash, did the research and bought the 3x21 Makita. Best buy and great sander. Gets close to corners and sides. Good dust collection-not perfect-but good.
Summary: So, I got mine and the first thing I said to myself is Amazon sent a used sander. I called Amazon and they immediately said they would send a return label and overnight me a new one. (Awesome Customer Service) Then, while I was on hold, I looked closer. Makita ships it with a belt, and what actually happens is the belt rubs on the cardboard making the belt look worn and makes dust that is all over the tool.
Summary: Great belt sander! I was a little worried paying the price for it considering it was about $100 more than other sanders. But it was worth it, its heavy duty for sure. I have sanded a 1,400 square foot deck and about 800 square foot of concrete that had carpet adhesive on it and i haven't had any problems at all. Dust collection on this sander is great. I have a home improvement business and have used this tool alot since I purchased it.
Summary: This summer I chemically stripped the varnish off 100+ year-old maple flooring and needed to sand the floor boards. The room is really small so I decided that instead of renting a floor sander I'd try using a belt sander. After reading lots of reviews on Amazon, I decided on this one. I've owned two belt sanders - the first one worked okay but it was old and the wiring started on fire.
Summary: The Makita 9903 seems to be one fine sander. It is a little pricey when compared to others but after reading most of the reviews, my decision to buy it was settled. It has the balance and power that I was looking for and was easy to use. Of course I haven't used it to sand a 12x30 deck yet, but the small project I used it on was completed in short order and with no problems. The belt tracking was spot on with just a simple one time adjustment.
Summary: I love the Makita 9903. I spent a bit more money on this than i'd planned because i'd read that the belt doesn't slip (like on EVERY belt sander i've ever used). It's true. I used this to sand a table i built last weekend. Went through a lot of belts and didn't have one slip. It's a really nice machine - you get what you pay for.