Rated 5 out of 5Â by RHL1 Proper industrial tool.
Bought this to sand an oak floor and I am so glad that I did not penny pinch.
Tip: buy some decent zirconia belts.
Screwfix ones are good for the price though.
Tip: search our favorite online auction site for the replacement graphite backing pad. The chinese ones are good and if you hammer this sander you will need to get a couple of spares.
Dust extraction works fairly well but rigging it up to your henry or equivalent vacuum cleaner will improve this no end.
Power extraction of dust improves the working enviroment, keeps the belt and machine cooler.
As a previous reviewer has said, just buy it.
27 Jan 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by projectnewhome Stop wasting your time & buy
Took a bit of convincing that this was right for the job (floorboards) but I am so pleased I bought this from Screwfix a year ago. It's plowed through six rooms in my house now without any sign of wear or grumbles. If I clog it, it's because of my poor dust management (gotta empty the bag - obviously, but also stay clear of sanding up big things). On a few blockages you can simply unscrew the side and the machine is easily cleared - in fact the longevity of this machine speaks volumes when you see how much could be replaceable over the years. This is preferred over a stuck-tight machine that is dead once it's decided so (IMO).
This thing is powerful (slightly intimidating at first, for a newbie) but slowly you get to enjoy it.
Tips: Don't hold back on sanding belts, it's not worth your life trying to make the most of them. Buy enough and then get one pack more. First sign of losing sanding power? Replace the belt, life's too short for economies of sanding paper!
Tip 2: Buy spare pads - the stock one lasted only two rooms, the first of a replacement multi-pack (bought elsewhere) has shown little signs of wear. Also worried they may stop stocking these in the future, good to have spares now.
In short: great, powerful little sander that makes the job quick and easy. Stop playing with orbitals on large jobs, buy Makita! :)
22 Jan 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Whinny Excellent Choice
I really don't know the first thing about tools and had no idea what I was looking for except a Belt Sander that my husband said he wanted. It didn't help me one bit when I saw that there was more than one Belt Sander so, going on recommendations and reviews, I bought the Makita 4".
On his birthday when hubby opened this, his eyes nearly left his sockets, his mouth acted as a fly trap and a "Wow" was heard as he quickly left for his shed where soon after Belt Sander noises were heard and I haven't seen him since!
Excellent purchase and hubby is a very happy bunny!!
19 Jan 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Niallyboy No contest
I don't require a belt sander often so originally bought a Titan, which failed after a day. Tried a JCB which failed after two hours and the replacement lasted two days. Figured I should just push the boat out and spend the extra for peace of mind. The Makita is superior in every way. Dust collection is excellent, endless power and low noise. A brilliant piece of kit. I wish I had chosen it originally. You get what you pay for.
31 Dec 2015