"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Brought to strip down my uneven floorboards. It runs happily all day, great dust extraction, but not variable speed despite screwfix listing. Wore out carbon plate initially by pressing to hard, but eased off and replacement pad still going strong. Pad keeps belt cool for continuous use. Very well made and tough bit of kit. Only had a month so reliability rating feflects build quality"