"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."
"Small in size but huge performance. Easy to fit sheet paper ( money saving). Very little vibration when being used. Heavy for it's size. Does a good gob of collecting dust in the cloth bag. Excellent finish on bare wood. Just buy it!"
"One of the best tool I have bought yet! Amazing price for the product. Have used this a lot since I bought this. Amazing for sanding sanding down patch plastering work. Would recommend this to anyone"
"This is a great little sander,a bit smaller than I thought but works superbly. The dust collection bag works well and saves a lot of time cleaning up dust. I have not had to replace the sanding pads yet so can't comment on that subject. Overall I am very pleased with this sander"
"Just got this sander and just saved me a whole lot of work. Good price for the make great motor action for light or harder sanding work, dust bag works real well to and nice and compact. Great buy...."
"I was a bit dubious about spending 50 quid on a sander but the more basic branded models just didn't feel very solid. The Makita has a quality feel about it and good sized and shape grip.
The clips to take standard sheets of paper (cut up) mean that its a very economical sander long term when compared to the ones where you have to buy a specific type of velcro pad. I get through a lot of paper and this will save me a lot in the long run.
I think this is about the perfect size for a sander for the diy enthusiast - big enough but a good shape for detail work. be careful though - it's very efficient!!"
"Pros: - Performance better than expected for such a compact sander - Feels well made and low vibration - Sanding bag (reusable material) catches well. - Superb value
Cons: - None for the price
I bought this tentatively in Feb 2014 after the rotary larger Makita sander was out of stock. I was dubious this could handle the job but given positive experience with Makita professional tools I gave it a shot.
It made very easy work chomping through a large amount of 2 part wood filler on green mdf, and I only needed to change the (included) sanding pad once for what must have been about 10m2 of total sanding. I had bought a whole roll of 120 grit in anticipation but didn't have to use any!
I love the square shape as it makes it easy to get right in the corners, and the design of the sander means nothing gets in the way of the overhang.
"Does a great job of sanding filler on walls. I've used it with the supplied sanding pads and also the cheap Titan sanding roll - which also works great; just cut 150mm lengths and clip it in! The clips hold the paper really well.
Only small downside is that the flex could be a bit longer"
"After burning out two cheaper models, i returned to my trusty Makita brand. Super sander, has been in use almost daily for 3 months now.
Soild, quiet considering its power and does the job fast!. Having now to replace the sanding pad - but it has done considerable work!
Two negatives.... the cable is ridiculously short and you WILL have to use an extension cable at all times and that the sandpaper 1/2 sheets you will need are annoyingly requiring a second cut as the pad is just short of half a sheet.
Still, the best sander I have ever come across and re-inforces my brand loyalty to Makita."
"I have had my previous makita sander for years and it has been invaluable. Light, easy to use and amazing build quality. I have tried others but non were as comfortable to use as this. New one is remarkably quiet and very efficient. Threw the collector bag and paper punch away as I dont like them, they just get in the way. I have always recommended this sander to everyone. Best there is."
"The clamping mech is easy to use and the tool is easy to hold. You can use velcro pad sand sheets as well as sanding roll. You can't turn it off by accident when sanding as it has a proper on/off switch not a pressure pad button which is great. The sander is easy to control and gives a very good finish even when sanding across the grain of the wood.
I would be suprised if this tool breaks in the future as Makita products are very reliable."
"This may cost more than the DIY store ones but a Rolls Royce costs more than a Ford. The power cord length was not an issue for me, it didn't drag the extension lead around with it when in use. It doesn't come in a nice plastic carry case and I would liked to have seen a vacuum attachment but the dust bag does work well. All in all, very pleased with the performance, it feels robust and well made, only time will tell for reliability."
"Definitely the best palm sander I have used. Very light, not too noisy, sturdy. Have tried all sanders there are and although the Makita is a bit more expensive than others it is reliable and the grip hooks don't look as if they are about to break which is a problem I have had previously. Would be nice if it came in a case but you can't have everything I suppose."