Reviews and Problems with Makita BO4556 2 Amp Finishing Sander
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Great finishing sander
Ryan K, amazon.com
29 November 2011
Summary: I bought this sander to replace a Makita sander that I had been using for the past 10 years. I compared this to the equivalent Dewalt sander, and the Makita bested it based on my initial inspection (better price, more comfortable to hold, better holding clips). The biggest problem which I had with my old Makita finishing sander is that during heavier sanding, the sandpaper could work it's way out of the holding clips if you weren't careful to press down evenly.
The 4550 works great and the 4556 is an improvement
29 October 2011
Summary: Mikita seems to have the best palm (aka 1/4 sheet) sanders. I've been using the 4550 for more than a decade and it still runs great. I decided to see what the 4556 could do and bought one (better price from the orange hardware store). It is considerably quieter, a bit more powerful, has a plastic punch plate that punches cleaner holes than the metal punch plate (both work on either sander), has one long lever per side end rather than two short ones, the dust chute is...
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: Very nice. It works very well to complete a sanding job (between 120 to 220 grit). I wouldn't use it for wood that needs to be sanded at less than 120 grit. That's for my Bosch random orbital-sander. It has another really nice feature: it turns off and winds down within 2 seconds after I hit the off button (instead of winding down for 10 seconds or more, which can seem like an eternity).
Summary: I just got done refinishing the stairs in my house, and boy was that a lot of work! I was able to use this handy-dandy Makita sander to do a lot of the work. Its small size allowed me to get into tight spots, which was very nice. The first sander I used made my hand go numb from the vibration, but when I switched to this sander, I had a good deal less trouble. Also, I must say that I liked the dust catcher, which made cleanup much easier.
Summary: I guess I needed something like a heavy duty grinder for stripping paint. But the sandpaper does not wear down evenly. I also used a triangle shaped grinder and I liked it better, but it was also too weak for this paint. It has low vibration. The dust collection works best with a shop vac, but the hose does not stay on well. It was constantly falling off.
Summary: I just got my Makita last week after suffering for years with DeWalt and Ridgid. First impression is that it's 10 times easier to use than the Ridgid and collects more dust than the DeWalt. The Ridgid is an invention of the Devil. Almost impossible to hold on to. I didn't save the receipt for the Ridgid, can't return it, so this is my revenge.
Summary: I have tried every orbital sander on the market, except Bosch. Every one I have bought so far has been made in China and has died in a few months. This one is made in China too, but is way quieter than the rest. We'll see how it holds up. Update: This one died after about 4 months. Don't waste your money. The plastic base broke where the spring bars attach, just like the cheap Chinese ones I've bought in the past.
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.