This is an awesome sander. I also have a Bosch 3x21 that ...
15 December 2015
Summary: This is an awesome sander. I also have a Bosch 3x21 that just took too much effort to flatten big slabs. I really like the weight of the Makita and the larger belts are good. I can just hold it with one hand and let it glide over the surface.
Summary: I used a Makita 9404 4x24 8.8 amp belt sander for 13 years. It was one of my favorite tools. I used and abused that sander and it never disappointed. Then one day, the brushes in the motor started arcing. I got some replacements and within a week they were arcing.
Summary: Pro's; I like this tool a lot, it is light for a big sander and comfortable, the bag works well and has a good cord that is long. Con; compared to my trusty old Bosch 4X24, the Makita seems to leave a lot of "trails", upon closer inspection the bottom plate where the belt rides is not flat and a...
Summary: I don't normally buy high end tools, but I needed to sand 800sqft of redwood deck boards and didn't want to fuss around with a cheap sander. Having the extra inch of width vs. the 3" sanders makes a big difference when you need to sand a large area.
Summary: A heavy duty top value sander with flawless performance. 2 day delivery with Prime and put into immediate use sanding 200 8-foot pressure treated deck boards. I used the factory supplied 80 grit Makita sanding belt and made short work of many deck boards before I got careless and caught a board...
Quality, built to last, sanded and redid our entire deck with this sander, can't be Makita
JJ Tech Enthusiast, Amazon
9 June 2015
Summary: Worked very well, very strong, sanded our entire deck from top to bottom even in the hot sun it held up just fine. Recommend buying high quality sanding belts as this thing has a lot of power and can break the cheap ones at the seams.
Summary: Excellent tool. Replaced a Craftsman. Much better performance. I like the heavier weight and the rugged feel of this tool. Plus I like the dust collector being on the right side, which is out of my way. Others on the left side are in the way od operation and vision.
Excerpt: My first project with my new Makita belt sander was sanding a 600 sq. ft. subfloor. The floor was rough and uneven and full of drywall blobs/dust. After about two hours, the floor is ready for some small area leveling filler.
Pros: Comfortable Handles, Easy Belt Change, Good Balance, Good Belt Tracking, Powerful, Quiet, Sands Smoothly
Excerpt: Had one for years and it has been used heavily in my cabinet shop. Great service and no issues with it. I am replacing it since the old gal is showing its age in wear and tear. Still functions great, but the cord has been repaired numerous time and the case is chipped and cracked from many falls.
Pros: Comfortable Handles, Easy Belt Change, Good Balance, Good Belt Tracking, Powerful, Sands Smoothly