Reviews and Problems with Makita BO4556 2 Amp Finishing Sander
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Makita, like others, not what they used to be
P. Dean, Amazon
4 weeks ago
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A nice electric finishing sander that gets the job done
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.
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.
Summary: I bought this sander to replace a Black and Decker one I've had for years. The Makita handles so much easier and better - it's so easy for this 60 year-old woman to steer the sander over a surface. It worked very well removing 60+ years of paint bumps on my walls. 1/4 of a piece of standard sandpaper fit easily into the locking mechanism and stayed put.
Summary: I use this practically every day in my work as the wood inspector for the Michigan Ladder Company. As such, I need a good reliable small sander to smooth off any rough edges in our product. I have to be like an artist in this. Other sanders have a problem with too weak clasps for the sand paper. This Makita so far does not have that problem. Incrementally larger stronger clasps. The exhaust and dust collector is very good as well.