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9.8 out of 10

Makita BO4556 2 Amp Finishing Sander

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Reviews and Problems with Makita BO4556 2 Amp Finishing Sander

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... think an old-fashioned orbital would become one of my favorite tools, but it is now

AmProCarp, Amazon
17 December 2014
  • Summary: Didn't think an old-fashioned orbital would become one of my favorite tools, but it is now. Bought it for inside corners, but it removes material so fast, and it is so light and fairly quiet, its very comfortable to use. Doesn't squirrel around. Leaves a nice finish. Cheaper paper. Includes a nice heavy sandpaper air hole puncher. Clamps hold paper well and are easy to use. Good dust collection with the bag.
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Makita, like others, not what they used to be

P. Dean, Amazon
4 December 2014
  • Summary: I purchased this sander because of Makita's (former) reputation as a quality maker of handheld sanding equipment. I WANTED this sander to be a quality piece of sanding equipment. When I took the sander out of the case, I could see immediately that the base was bent/warped. If you will notice in the reviews, the best reviews are the OLD reviews. Makita tools used to be made in Japan and were quality made tools.
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Great Little Sander at a Good Price

Woodworker in Georgia, Amazon
17 November 2014
  • Summary: This is my second or third one of these little sanders. They just work great. And for the price with a case (which I wanted) you can't beat it. I've used these to prep porch floors for painting, prep refurbished wooden garage doors, prep deck railings as well as little jobs like closet shelves and interior steps. I like the small grip because I have small hands. The DeWalt is too hard for me to handle because the palm grip too big.
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Plenty of power but lightweight too

NancyK, Amazon
10 September 2014
  • Summary: I had a Makita palm sander I inherited from my dad 18 years ago, and unfortunately lent it out never to see it again. But I loved that sander & it refinished alot of furniture with me. So I ordered this Makita & I've used it several times, it has plenty of power & there's a template for punching holes in the sandpaper so the dust catcher will work. I like that it's not too heavy, since I'm in my 60's now & find it more tiring to do my refinishing.
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Warped plastic base ...

Consumer "Consumer", Amazon
10 September 2014
  • Summary: Contrary to product description on Makita's website, this sander does NOT have a cast aluminum base. It is assembled with a warped plastic base, which is unacceptable.
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Sander works well, but the bag keeps falling off

Statia M., Amazon
9 September 2014
  • Summary: I use this sander pretty often, and it actually works very well. As others have said, the vibration isn't bad. It sands effectively and evenly. I don't bother with the sandpaper that you're suspposed to use with this, rather, I just buy sand paper and rip it into fours and use that instead. It's cheaper and it works equally as well. My only issue with this is the dust catcher.
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Very pleased

N. Osborne, Amazon
9 September 2014
  • Summary: I bought this sander to replace a Makita I have had since 1992. I was impressed with the improvements that have been made. There is much less hand vibration, it is easier to load the sandpaper and the dust catcher works better. I am sanding plaster repair. Although nothing will completely control plaster dust, this really helps to contain it in a more limited area. I like the Makita because it is light weight, easier for me to handle and still does a good job.
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nice tool

adjective, Amazon
9 September 2014
  • Summary: Anyone familiar with power tools knows that Makita is one of the best power tool manufacturers. This sander is typical of the Makita brand: rugged and scrupulously attentive to ergonomic detail. I like the way the wire clamps hold onto the sandpaper and the tool's lack of vibration; you could use this thing all day without discomfort. Nice sander, and probably not my last Makita purchase.
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A nice electric finishing sander that gets the job done

Chandler, Amazon
2 September 2014
  • Summary: This is a great and handy electric sander. It holds the paper really well and smoothed my project perfectly, evenly and quickly. I am doing some finish out on an enormous chicken coop that I had built that is more like a chicken apartment to be honest--and I'm doing some work on furniture to make it look falsely aged via worn areas. This is doing all I need and was a great choice for my needs.
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Makita BO4556K Finishing Sander with Case

Mark Brown, Amazon
2 July 2014
  • Summary: Let's face it; sanding isn't all that much fun. However, a quality sander makes the job a whole lot easier. This sander is well-made and easy to operate. PROS: * The materials and workmanship of this sander are excellent. * The sander is powerful yet easy to handle with moderate vibration. * The shielded/enclosed On/Off switch works very well. * Replacing the sandpaper is an easy process. * The sandpaper punch plate works well.
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