Reviews and Problems with Makita BO4900V 2.9 Amp Variable Speed 1/2 Sheet Sander
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This beauty is perfect for large surface sanding and keeping almost anything you ...
3 December 2014
Summary: This beauty is perfect for large surface sanding and keeping almost anything you are sanding flat and true. I avoid smaller quarter sheet sanders because they can be too powerful and deform various objects you might be sanding. My dad has used a Milwaukee half sheet sander that had been recently discontinued when I sought a sander of my own and I found there to be only 2 real alternatives. This and a festool.
Summary: I have owned all the 1/2 sheet orbital sanders made. Worn them all out. I can tell you that this Makita is the very best that you can purchase, period. I mean period. Flawless function, vertually no felt vibration, does not chatter or walk. Amazons price is almost too low to belive but it is "spot on" for a brand new tool.
Summary: Great medium-weight sander. Not as small as the "palm" sanders, and so can do larger areas, but is light enough (and sturdy enough) that I can use it to finish paneling. I don't know why they don't promote this size. The belt sanders are difficult for me, a woman, to use and the palm sanders are great, but slow if you need to sand a larger area.
Summary: I bought this sander to finish cabinet doors. It is powerful and smooth. It glides easily over the surface getting rid of old material and imperfections in the wood surface. When finished sanding and painted, I had a beautiful flat glossy surface. I am very pleased with the results and ease of use. I attached a shop vac to the sander and punched some holes in the sheet of sand paper - there was virtually no dust when sanding wood or primer !
Summary: Since getting this sander I have only used it once (for a whole day) with a dust collection system connected to it. Cutting the pieces of paper by hand to make the holes it a little of a pain and will certainly change this in the future. Whether i just use a hole punch or get the punch plate I am undecided at this time but I believe it necessary for the full performance.
Summary: When my 35 year old Craftsman 1/2 sheet sander gave out, I was very disappointed. Needed to replace it and the reviews on this Makita were very good. I only wish the price was a little lower. But having received the sander I now know why it is priced the way it is. It is truly the best sander I have ever put my hands on. It is quiet and efficient.