Makita 9403/2 4" Belt Sander 240V
Makita Belt Sander
This is a great sander and well worth the money. Its a bit heavy if you are not working off a work bench and sanding on a level surface.
No variable speed control, but for this size sander you dont really need that function. It is very powerful so if you are working on vertical surfaces, get a strong hold before hand or it will take off a deep cut before you know it. Dust bag works very well. If you are doing alot of sanding (and/ or sanding hard-wood), its worth getting a set of replaceable brushes at the same time to avoid any downtime on site waiting for another delivery.
27 Feb 2015
Just buy one they are great.
Put 98% of the dust in the bag.
Sands timber with no effort.
19 Nov 2014
What a difference
I don't like belt sanders, but sometimes you just need them. I had a cheapo half the price of this and only used it when I had to for roughing down the steps in glue-up joints (don't kid yourself. . . you get them as well). Then I wd start the normal sandin process.
I gave in last week and bought the 9403 because I had 17 big glue-up panels to tackle. I couldn't believe the difference. After the first couple I ordered some fine grit belts. I can now do both sides of a big panel 80, 120, then 180 grit in 15 mins and it's smooth as a baby's bum. . . ready for scrapin or a final hand sand.
Only had it a week so based my reliability figure on other Makita gear I have.
. . . btw. . . it chucks a lot less dust about than before as well.
31 Oct 2014
When my second cheap sander burnt out, I bit the bullet and invested in this. It copes with hours of work, and it is surprisingly quiet. It is a bit on the heavy side, which makes for tired arms when sanding plasterboard joints on a ceiling, but it can get right to the edge of the work, and the dust bag really works. I should have bought one years ago, cheap tools are a false economy.
25 Jul 2014