Makita Sander

Makita are the manufactures of various consumer power tools, they produce some of the best power tools in the market place in my humble opinion. Today I will be giving you guys (and girls) a breakdown of their best 5 sanders and hopefully giving you an idea of what one would suit your needs. The list is complied in order from oldest sander first.

Makita BO5030 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander

For the newbie craftsmen, a random orbit sander simply refers to the head of the sander rotating in an orbit motion at random. This ensures no swill marks will be left on the material you’re sanding, and this is what you get with the Makita BO5030, priced at $69.

I personally think the Makita BO5030 is a great tool, its pretty light at 2.2lbs and the ease of being able to remove the old sander discs with new ones takes only a few seconds.

Unlike other sanders I’ve used, the Makita BO5030 comes with a dust bag but it’s not very effective as I still had dust on my worktop after I finished using it, but other than that I can’t really fault it too much and the 3amp motor that hits us with 12,000opm offers enough power to ensure quality finishing.

Makita BO4556 2 Amp Finishing Sander

The Makita BO4556 is a finishing sander designed using an all-ball bearing construction to minimize noise and vibration. It creates 14,000 OPM to ensure a smooth finish on all surfaces and also comes with a dust bag, currently priced at $51.45.

As I suffer from shoulder problems due to my younger rugby days, whenever I look to buy a sander I need to know it’s not going to vibrate too much when I use it as it causes me nerve pains. The ball bearing system does a good job with the Makita BO4556 and during use it sanded materials pretty well and my shoulders were never in any discomfort.

The product only weighs 2.4lbs and it although it didn’t feel cheaply made, it didn’t exactly feel rock solid. I haven’t broken the sand in properly yet so I can’t make a comment on the life expectancy of this product, but it does come with a 1 year warranty anyway. The dust bag although works, still leaves dust on the work surfaces.

Pro tip – I have my own sand paper sheets and I find ripping them off into smaller squares and attaching it to the Makita BO4556, it works just as well as the sandpaper provided by Makita and its lot cheaper too.

Makita BO5031K 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander Kit

The Makita BO5031K weighs in at 7.4lbs and priced at $75 including free shipping.

Some of the features include variable speed control, oversized sealed-ball bearing to ensure extensive tool life and a dust bag.

Although a little bit heavy the Makita BO5031K is fairly easy to control and doesn’t hurt your arms too much after prolonged use.

The on and off switch are at the front of the device and a couple times while I was using the machine it switched off, but no big deal. The variable speed works pretty well and although the beast weighs 7.4lbs the noise it produces is fairly quiet.

Once again as with the other sanders I used, I wasn’t too impressed with the dust bag, it didn’t seem to do that great of a job, but it didn’t affect the quality of the performance. It sands great and leaves a brilliant finish, I would of liked it to be a little more aggressive at the higher settings though.

The Makita BO5031K comes with a 3 year warranty.

Makita GV5010 5-Inch Disc Sander

The Makita GV5010 is the most expensive sander in this review priced at $99 but with good reason, it comes with a 4.2 amp motor that smashes through anything and 4,500rpm to ensure a professional finish.

It has a rubber handle which improves grip, control and is made using a ball-and-needle bearing to improve the longevity of the sander. This sander walks around at a light 2.4lbs and comes with a 1 year warranty.

From all the sanders I’ve reviewed this was by far the best, you can fit 5” and 7” pads on the device, the 7” pads being way more effective in my opinion. I used the Makita GV5010 for around 4 hours none stop when renovating my brothers home, the rubber grip is brilliant, the machine doesn’t feel heavy and I can’t even remember it vibrating.

Their isn’t to many bad things I can say about this sander, it’s a great piece of kit, if anything it would be nice if it had a dust bag, but then I would only be moaning about how the dust bag doesn’t work so well.

Makita BO4556K Finishing Sander with Case

The Makita BO4556K is the newest model of all 5 sanders reviewed today, it seems to be over eating compared to its older brothers as it weighs in at 7.2lbs.

It operates at 14,00opm and is designed using an all-ball-bearing frame to decrease noise and vibration. The Makita BO4556K is priced at $49.98 and has free shipping.

This sander is a total work horse and great value, even though it weighs 7.2lbs it feels light and sturdy, the clamps are well built and easy to operate.

With its 14,000opm this animal brings a lot of power to the table, and some of the results I got using the monster were brilliant. The noise and vibration levels like all sanders reviewed today were quiet with minimal vibrations.

I always try to mention a few pros and cons with each product I test, but after using the Makita BO4556K I was struggling to think about anything negative I could say. The dust bag works pretty well so I cant moan about that again, its feels pretty well built and comes with a 1 year warranty. I guess if anything, it sands too well, wait is that a negative?