Makita 9403/2 4" Belt Sander 240V
Forget the Rest, buy the Best
My old belt sander finally bit the dust. Should I get a 'low cost' model or go for a 'proper' one? All my other power tools are Makita, so that was the way to go. I have no regrets so far. This belt sander is solid, powerful and quiet. If it is anything like my other Makita tools it should last for years!
15 Apr 2015
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