Reviews and Problems with Makita BO4900V 2.9 Amp Variable Speed 1/2 Sheet Sander
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I agree - the best "Half sheet" sander you can buy
R. Cunningham "The Godfather", amazon.com
3 December 2011
Summary: I admit I am a tool snob. I really enjoy buying and using the best tools available. This Makita is in a class of its own. I bought both the Makita and Festool FS2 E sander for testing with full intention of keeping the Festool and returning the Makita - but it worked out just the opposite. Here are my findings after one month of using both. Festool advantages: *Longer cord. Festool 11.5 ft Makita 8 ft. Nice for moving around a large table top.
Summary: First, let me say that I have spent the last five years principally sanding wooden furniture and plywood cabinetry with a five-inch random-orbit sander and then finish-sanding by hand with a block. Then, more recently, I recalled that around twenty-five years ago, the 1/2 sheet finish sander was quite commonplace (I used Black & Decker and Makita models back then).
Summary: I had a heavy, old, half sheet Craftsman orbital sander that has served me very well over the years...it was hard to beat the job it was able to do, mainly because of it's weight, and the size of the sanding sheet it used. So when the gears in it finally gave up and it was unrepairable, I had to search for another to finish sanding the airplane I was building. I searched the local stores for a large orbital sander but was unable to find any for less than $300.
Summary: I bought this sander off of EBAY and it is very very smooth. It is as smooth as a Porter Cable 505 sander. The punch plate you can get from makita is not worth the price and the holes it makes are to small. The sand paper is not to be found from Makita. As far as the dust port being to small for most hose connections all you need is the FEIN step adpt # 921072K13 about $7-9 bucks depending where you get it from. The multi speed is great.
Summary: I have been using the Metabo 1/2 sheet sander for years, and have a couple of them. I have always been very satisfied with them, but one day somebody dropped one off a ladder and offer to replace it. I had trouble finding the Metabo at a reasonable price, so I bought the new Makita. It is about as good as the Metabo in every regard except for the dust collection.
Summary: I have owned and used Craftsman and Milwaukee 1/2 sheet finishing sanders and liked them both. I bought the Makita and sent it back as being unacceptable for the following reasons: 1) In order to have the dust collector function, special Makita sand paper must be used or a special hole punching machine must be purchased in order to make the special sand paper required.
The best of the best sanders & Festool paper fits it too
28 October 2005
Summary: I have used the Makita Model 9046 1/2 sheet sander for 4 years. It is almost identical to this model. I had the opportunity to do a hands on evaluation of 1/2 sheet sanders. I liked the ruggedness Porter-Cable, the economy of the Milwaukee, and the feel of the Bosch, but the Makita is in a class of it's own. At first it seemed a little heavy, but after I got use to it and let it work, it did a fantastic job.
Summary: My application requires a minimum dust sanding system (house with air heating ducts). I could not find any vendor selling the vacuum hose and punch plate for the BO4900V sander so they were ordered directly from Makita. The sander was ordered from Amazon. When all parts arrived from the two vendors nothing fit. Called the the Makita Service Center and talked to Dalton who resolved the problem (one of the parts was was quickly replaced).
Summary: It IS the best sander I've used so far. Quiet, balanced, does the job faster AND it's good looking. Doesn't come with a punch plate...$17+ shipping to order from Makita. Make your own with some dowels and a block of wood. Other than Makita not including that in the package, you won't be disappointed with this sander.