"This is my first review ever and I thought it's worth sharing how great of this product!Bought this today to sand a couple of pine tables. Very powerful and excellent results! Expensive but it's all worth every penny! Save time and money! Also great customer service at Basingstoke, returned a faulty item, got refund!"
"I was using a DIY grade belt sander for sanding solid wooden decorative slabs and decided to up grade to this belt sander and they are literally worlds apart. It halved the time to do the job.
I had used this particular sander before so I knew it was a good tool but forgotten how much difference having the right tool for the job makes. I would say it is a bit on the expensive side but defiantly a case of you get what you pay for.
As there are not many other 4" wide belt sanders out there I would say this is in a league of its own, a must have tool for doing multiple large surfaces. Some people say it is on the heavy side but I think it is not a bad thing as you can let the weight do the job for you and not have to push down on the machine.
Overall and excellent quality tool. Would defiantly recommend!"
"I am building a 2m x 1M table and was getting bored with by small orbital sander. This beauty is fantastic. It's we'll build and powerful. Just need to watch when you first use it that you don't take off too much material and start slowly. One or two reviews mention the weight but to be honest that is an advantage because the machine does the hard work and all you need to do is steer it. Good for DIY or semi pro."
"I have used a variety of cheaper sanders over the last few years and they all break, mainly as a result of dust and wood blocking the sander and entering the motor. I was dubious that a more expensive sander would be that much better but it is. The makita is heavy, it's also big, surprisingly it's also very quiet and easy to use. It comes with a long lead and has good dust removal. I managed to block it once and was happy to find that 4 screws removed the side panel giving easy access for cleaning, also ask parts are available online. Would wholeheartedly recommend and it goes to show you do get what you pay for."
"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.
"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! :)"
"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!!"
"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."
"Bought the other day for a project at home after using at work.Brilliant sander does all that's needed with the greatest of ease and a great price cheaper than anywhere else.Buy extra belts as you only get one. Recommend for all great tool to have"
"Very powerful solid sander. Yes it is heavy, but it uses the weight to perform the sanding tasks.
Used it for three hours since purchase two days ago, I am amazed at how powerful the 4 inch belt is performing excellent sanding on rough sawn wood. Very impressed with quality and performance. I know this sander is going to be heavily utilised."
"I have worked in a school for over 7 years as a technician and previous other jobs . I had the in enviable task of sanding down and re-varnishing 15no. 4ft square work bench tops. This was a daunting task, but my brand new Makita belt sander made it easier and it only took me three days to sand each desk twice with different sandpaper grades. Three points 1. it is heavy if you are using it for a long period of time. 2 The easiest way to stop the cable getting trapped if to place it over your shoulder 3. The rubber cork and carbon plates can be replaced cheaply online."
"I had a very large kitchen worktop to sand down in a church kitchen. This sander turned a daunting task into a pleasure. The sander is fairly heavy and that could be a problem on vertical surfaces. On a horizontal surface the weight was an advantage. I have always found Makita products to be the best and this sander has once again confirmed that belief. Don't forget to purchase extra sanding belts as there is only one in the box."