This model uses 3 strips per sandpaper sheet instead of 4 so be aware of that since it's a bit larger. I prefer to read three star and under reviews before I read the for and five star. Hook and loop paper would not stick. Attention: The internal data of table “8” is corrupted! A really pleasant experience with this sander. Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020, I am an old time woodworker having been in business since 1978 and this is the BEST finish sander I have ever owned. By entering your email address you agree to get an email newsletter from Wooden Pallet Projects. If you’re looking for the best orbital finishing sander for DIY projects or just another addition to your sander collection (because you can never have enough power tools :)) you should definitely stick around and read my review. The trigger can be easily locked so you can use one or both hands. I have other Makita tools (a drill set) and have nothing but praise for the quality of the product line. These cookies do not store any personal information. Do you remember the sander I told you about earlier? Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020. It doesn’t do a great job and usually collects around 70% od sawdust. It is better built than almost all 1/4 sheet sanders on the market. I'm a female senior citizen so, for me, this was an important factor. I'll look for a transition to connect to my Festool dust extractor. Much handier than trying to attach a vacuum hose. I tried my new Makita for the first time today by finishing 2 maple walking sticks that I crafted from a portion of a maple tree that I had to cut down. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. There's a problem loading this menu right now. I love it when you share  my ideas however please keep in mind all images all text on this site are property of Wooden Pallet Projects unless otherwise stated. If you’re looking for the best orbital finishing sander for DIY projects. Of course, if you need to use coarse grit sandpaper you should probably use a belt sander or orbital random sander. It’sreasonably priced and you can see and feel its quality. I eventually found one on eBay. see pics. So when the glorious day of failure came I was happy to jump on this "Makita BO3710 Finishing Sander" that I picked up for around 65 bucks in June of '18. Also it is much easier on my tired wrists and ears, if you want a good sander that helps you be a perfectionist then buy it NOW. I remember when I was looking for my first sander for DIY Pallet Sandbox as it was yesterday. The super fine particles still pass through a wall of the bag. This Makita is noticeably quieter than my old B&D. It's purpose is for home use and what a difference, smooth sanding and no shakes afterwards. Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019. *. I compare one to another and choose the best one for my budget. It has a good function to price ratio. These days are long gone. I didn't need ear protection but I do wear a dust mask and glasses to keep the very fine sawdust out of my eyes. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. This sander did a great job sanding my hardwood walking sticks. It’s reasonably priced and you can see and feel its quality. Tips: Buy some regular 9×11 sheets and cut them to size. Now you can be sanding for longer periods to get the job done quicker. You should see a number of sheets I simply damaged because of this. If a negative review is two + years past and then item starts showing better reviews , the manufacturer may have tried to correct the problem. But this changes dramatically when you have a vacuum attached to it. The same large footprint that helps it cover large surfaces quickly make it hard to handle when w… Changing the paper was super easy. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I only use a sander sporadically for special projects like finishing raw wood furniture or craft work. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019. Needed to replace my trusty old B & D orbital sander, which died. Punch plate works well with standard sheet abrasive paper. The Craftsman I call the beast, its louder than the shop vac, and vibration dampening, hmm not sure if it even has any. Copyright © 2020 Wooden Pallet Projects. You have successfully joined our subscriber list. The paper holding mechanism is terrific and the dust bag really does work. the product I used is : "BRAVESHINE Sticky Back Hook Loop Tape - 4x8 Inch Self Adhesive Mounting Squares [Industrial Strength]- Double Sized Wall Fastener Tape Picture Frame Hanging Strips for Indoor or Outdoor Use - 4 Pack" the sandpaper is the Wen stuff sold here on amazon. It takes about 2 seconds to punch perfect holes as Makita supplies a plastic press to handle the job. It does an extremely good job on the corners and the pressure is distributed evenly – the whole area below the plate stays in contact with the workpiece all the time resulting in a very even flat surface. It’s meant to make holes in it for better dust collection but if you do it this way you might end up with rough edges around the holes that will be scratching the wood surface. I've used a Makita 1/4 sheet palm sander for about 30 years on uncounted projects--still working great, like new. Works grat. A little trickier to cut 1/3 sheet than 1/4 (the latter just requires folding in half, then half again) but can use the base of the sander as a template. It also allows you to reposition your hands slightly for a better grip if you really want to bear down on a problematic section that needs a bit heavier grinding. The baseplate of this Makita is a simple cast and it’s much thicker and stronger than most of its competitors. This does not have hook backing on the pad, I had read somewhere it did, but that's not a problem, I found a product here on amazon that works great, if you have paper with loop backing and want to use it. This is a fantastic tool. I highly recommend it to anyone. It feels solid, well-built and durable as well as it’s user-friendly. There are not many 1/3 sheet sanders out there. It's a neat idea in concept but in real-world use... it's a bit of a failure. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. It has a button to lock the sander in the On position which I found very helpful. I'm not big on using the dust bag but it seemed to do the job. The publisher will not be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages in connection with/or arising from the use of the information displayed on Some people might say that these days every sander should have a variable speed but that in my opinion it’s not necessary and it usually comes with a price increase. But if you just starting working with power sanders this one should be more than enough for your needs. But if for any reasons you this Makita sander is not what you’re looking for, check my extensive best finishing sander buying guide with loads of different sanders reviews. Mine came with a plastic template to cut holes in the sandpaper for vacuuming of dust, but I accidentally discarded that along with the box to the burn pile, alas. This model has a dust bag included. Jig Saw on a budget. This sander is fairly quiet and the rubberized, ergonomic handle makes it easy to navigate. the dust port is small. powerful enough to tackle any finishing job and beyond, counterbalance system for reduced vibrations, excellent dust collection with a vacuum attached, easy paper changes with a great clamping system, only 70% of sawdust collected when dust bag attached, odd sized port for attaching shop vacuum hose and no adapter included. If you compare it with 1/2 sheet Makita BO4900V which weighs over twice as much and it costs over three times more it turns out that the 1/2 sheet Makita BO4900V  seems to be a very good choice. So you’re saving money, time and not stressing out because of silly little thing like that. This improves the efficiency of the sander to get the smoothest finish on the raw wood.


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