"Excellent piece of kit. I've used a lot of sanders in my time and this is better than every one I've used, it's really handy for skirtings, architraves and doors. Pads last a long time with no clogging."
"I have used this for a while now for various jobs on both old and new wood stock and it has turned out to be a worthwhile purchase. Using for long periods is great as the vibration is minimum and it's quieter when compared to other cheaper sanders I have used. Leaves an excellent finish and make easy work of a dull and usually labourious job.
Benefitting from both hook & loop or clamps to hold the sand paper in place securely. The unit is supplied with a plastic template punch which pierces the sandpaper in the right places so the vacuum function operates correctly, as well as some sand papers of various grits. I use mine with the sandpaper rolls that screwfix sell and just cut it down to approx size, changing the paper is quick.
As expected from makita the build quality is excellent and proving very strong and durable. I also registered it on the makita website for a three year warranty which is another bonus. The cord is also very good quality and has not gone stiff even though it is stored outside in my cold workshop.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good sander for professional or hobby use."
"Does the job well and light enough for the wife to use. The mains lead could be longer, but not a big deal. Fitting non-velcro sheets is a little fiddly at first, but have got used to it. Would definitely recommend."
"Bought as a replacement for my dewalt palm sander which gave up the ghost after 5 years. £20 cheaper and just as good. Not sure about reliability as yet but having used Makita products for years now, I'm sure it will stand the test of time"
"I bought this to replace an old bosch green one i have had for years that finally gave up, i couldnt be happier the power ratio is superb it helps conplete jobs in less than half the time it would take to do by hand which is awesome when your non stop busy, only downside is its in a cardboard box so might get abit battered in the back of the van could of done with a rigid preform case"
"Usual Mak quality, powerful little thing. Great that it uses decorator's roll sized paper so no expensive replacement sheets. Recommended. Not had it long enough to test reliability, but with a three year guarantee, Makita must be confident that it will keep on trucking , and so am I."
"Bought this sander to replace a mouse sander by robi.
The makita has a lot more power, and as a result it has saved hours of labour sanding. I wish i had bought this sooner the results are brilliant.
The photo on the website is incorrect, this model does not use the paper bag collector, it has a proper material dust bag that can be emptied. This is great as no need to keep purchasing disposable bags.
I cant comment on reliability.
Again as others have mentioned the power lead is too sort.
"Nicely balanced and seems well-made. Bought it for the good reviews and ability to use with roll paper. OK the flex is short if you're working on a ceiling but its robust and proving fit for purpose."
"Being used to sand a large, random strip, tongue & groove, salvaged, mahogany floor, approx. 6m x 4m. Target is to remove any dried on wax & varnish & to reduce, as far as possible, the colour variation between areas exposed to sunlight & areas that were shaded. Considering the relatively low powered motor & the description of 'a finishing sander', I am delighted with the performance of this product. It removes the wax & varnish fairly easily with 80 grade paper, & a quick blast with 120 grade gives an excellent finish. I am about half way through the job. Complete removal of the colour variations mentioned, would require the use of a large drum sander, but the BO4555 has made a valiant attempt! Used for 1.5 hour plus sanding sessions & has not overheated. Both methods of retaining the 'sandpaper', give a firm fix, with no creeping or buckling of the paper. Would recommend this palm sander to any DIYer. or light/medium use professional. Would be good to have a longer, more flexible cable, but this is really nit picking."
"I've had other 'palm sander's in the past, like the mouse sander and I didn't rate it. This however is another kettle of fish. It is solidly built, as most Makita tools are, and is comfortable to use. The dust bag works well and it does the job perfectly for its size. One of the bonuses is that you can use your own sandpaper and don't have to mess about with Velcro pads etc. I used this on Oak and for those who haven't sanded oak before, it's a bit like stone, and this little sander performed brilliantly and left a super smooth finish, Pleased with my purchase."
"I bought this sander when my old Black and Decker decided to die on me in the middle of a job. Every review I have read has praised this Makita Palm 1/4 plate sander and all I can do is reiterate their comments. The major plus is the ability to use roll paper, I use Norton Oakey rolls and they have been brilliant in my experience."
"I use these sanders in my day to day work as a Painter/Decorator and they provide everything a larger and "Professional" sander claims. This product is quieter and able to sand in smaller spaces than most others and reliability has been very good, I'm hoping this one's quality is as good. The only fault has been with an older model which had started to cut out whilst in use, but that is it in 5 solid years of hard use. I like these sanders and have proved it by buying another for work."