Summary: this is a fantastic tool. removes serious material quickly and the belts are very robust. I have been using it on a fiberglass boat to grind down damaged areas. you can sculpt with it if you have a steady hand. if you don't...you will have more repair work to do :) the narrow width and diameter of the wheel are great. I also got the 1/4" width for smaller areas, and there is a 1/2 " that I did not get yet. the weight and balance are excellent as well.
I don't typically write reviews however this thing is great. I used this on a high end kitchen ...
Dana Kaplan, Amazon
27 November 2014
Summary: I am a professional carpenter and general contractor. I bought this to help install prefinished kitchen cabinets and crowns. I based my decision on the other reviews. I don't typically write reviews however this thing is great. I used this on a high end kitchen install and it was some of my best work to date. I used this sander a lot with a 40 grit belt on my scribs and crown copes. This quickly became on of my favorite tool.
Summary: Love this baby. Well constructed, solid, powerful, easy to use, great battery life - everything you need in a cordless jig saw and nothing you don't. I buy all Makita 18-volt tools so I can share batteries, and haven't been disappointed in any of them.
Summary: This a good quality product. It runs quietler than I expected, that I think is a result of strong materials and quality bearings. The only limitation is that Makita only supplies belts up to 240 grit. This is OK for general sanding, but I also need to use it for polishing, and the available grits will not work for that application. This is a good product at an affordable price point.
Summary: I bought this tool for use in a machine shop. We've used it on parts made from class 40 cast iron, but it's also worked well on hot-rolled plate and 52100 steel. Please keep in mind, we use this only for light finishing and edge deburring. It helped us to open up a keyway that had not been taken to the correct depth, too. It's definitely come in handy.