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Makita 9920 8.8 Amp 3-Inch by 24-Inch Variable-Speed Belt Sander

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  • Powerful 8.8 AMP motor; only 84dB
  • Variable speed control dial enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load
  • Auto-tracking belt system tracks belt without adjustment
  • Innovative design for sanding flush to wall with nose and side of sander
  • Front grip design for comfortable operation
  • Dust bag for a cleaner work environment
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Product Description

Product Description

Includes 3-in x 24-in Belt Sander - 9920-R, Abrasive Belt #80 - 742312-8C, Dust Bag - 122591-2, Operating Manual

Makita's 3 x 24-Inch Belt Sander, model 9920, combines power and speed with ease-of-use features and less noise for fast and efficient stock removal. The 9920 is ideal for woodworkers, carpenters, furniture makers, floor installers, deck builders and general contractors who require a best-in-class belt sander.

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9920 Features
EFFICIENCY - Powerful 8.8 AMP motor turns 3" wide belt (690-1,440 ft./min.) for fast material removal

CONTROL - Variable speed with electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load

ACCURACY - Auto-tracking belt system tracks belt without adjustment

PERFORMANCE - Innovative design for sanding flush to wall with nose and side of sander

INCLUDES - Abrasive belt and dust bag

Tool Specifications
Tool Spec
Belt size3" x 24"
Belt speed690 - 1,440 ft./min.
AMPS (120V)8.8
Overall length13-1/8"
Net weight9.9 lbs.
The 9920 features a powerful 8.8 AMP motor with electronic speed control to maintain constant speed under load. The variable speed control dial allows the user to match the speed (690-1,440 ft./min.) to the application. The 9920 also features less noise: at only 84dB, it is one of the quietest sanders in its class.

Ease-of-use features include an auto-tracking belt system that tracks the belt without adjustment, and a front grip for comfortable operation. The low profile design provides better balance, and the extended base allows sanding flush to wall with nose and side of sander. The 9920 is easily maneuvered with the long 16.4 foot power cord, and the highly efficient dust collector reduces dust in the work area.

The Makita 9920 is engineered for cabinetry and woodworking, and is ideal for wood panels, furniture, closets, and more. The 9920 is just another example of Makita's commitment to innovative technology and best-in-class engineering.

About Makita's Power Tools
Makita delivers precision, accuracy, capacity, and innovation to woodworkers. Makita has full range of miter saws, jig saws, circular saws, routers, planers, sanders, nailers and staplers, blades, compact cordless drills and impacts, and more. Makita's woodworking solutions are engineered for pro contractors, for use in high production settings and in home shops.

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Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge innovation to engineer power tools that are more compact and energy efficient, yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. For more information, please call 800/4-MAKITA (800/462-5482) or visit Makita is Best in Class Engineering.

Every Makita tool is thoroughly inspected and tested before leaving the factory. If you are not satisfied with any Makita tool within 30 days of purchase, return it and Makita will provide a replacement or refund. Each Makita tool is warranted to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for the period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Should any trouble develop during this one-year period, return the COMPLETE tool, freight prepaid, to one of Makita's Factory or Authorized Service Centers. Please see for complete details.

What's in the Box
Makita 9920 3 x 24-Inch Belt Sander, abrasive belt and dust bag.

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 9920
Item Weight9.9 pounds
Product Dimensions16 x 6.8 x 8 inches
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Item model number9920
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Voltage120 volts
Wattage1010 watts
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentsbare-tool; attachments
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Warranty Description1 Year Parts & Labor
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #125,568 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableJune 17, 2004
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By stringpickin on January 8, 2004
I have had this sander for about 3 months now.. I am a 25 year self employed cabinet and furniture maker.. I have had and or used almost every belt sander known to man.. This is the best 3x24 belt sander I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and it is becoming apparent to me that it may be the best belt sander of any brand I have ever used. Hard to know the whole scoop until I see how long it will hold up. But in my experience Makita's generally do a pretty adequate all around job anyway. So it may just be the sander of sanders.
I normally wouldn't choose Makita as my number one choice, but after some serious shopping a few months ago it seemed the only way to go. This little machine has everything that counts and except for my one complaint it is missing nothing. Compare this to any other belt sander to see if the other one you're looking at has got everything is should have... Then buy this one, cause you won't find it.
This is an exceptional belt sander with only one flaw in my opinion.. I think the handle grip should have a little more tilt downward toward the back and not be such a flat a grip. It seems to cause my wrist to bend unnecessarily and I find it a bit tiring, noticed more when sanding on a higher table... My wrists aren't the greatest though, so you may not even notice it.
But besides that one "flaw"?? It is the best balanced belt sander I have ever used, It is compact in design. It has a low center of gravity. It sands flat with no dimples. It never, and I mean never goes off track. Put the belt on, adjust it once maybe, and don't touch it again until you change belts; amazing.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brad Cure on May 7, 2011
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I am a professional full time woodworker. I have 35 years experience behind a belt sander.

A good belt sander can make for fast smooth sanding in the right hands, or more fuel for the wood stove in the inexperienced ones.

The important consideration in choosing a belt sander is: what am I going to be using the tool for 90% of the time.
This tool by Makita 3 x 24 (9920) is best suited for this 90% use criteria.
Most of the time I am doing sanding of solid stock before assembly, as well as sanding assembled work.

NOTE: If your using this tool to sand floors or other large surfaces, this is not the sander. Purchase the appropriate sander.

This sander comes in 3 x (18)(21)and(24). The 24 is the best choice as it has a larger sole plate that makes it easier to sand flat. Also belts last longer. Note - Makita also makes a similar 4" wide model in this style. Belts are about 40% more for this extra inch.
Avoid this. If you really need a 4 x 24 then purchase the HD model by Makita. (11 amp)

Good Points of this sander include.
1) This belt sander tracks very well.
2) The cord length at 15 feet is an important because you don't always need a extension cord.
3) Light enough to use with one hand when needed. Light is less fatiguing with prolonged use.
4) Dust bag collects dust well enough.
5) Power is adequate for most work.
6) Made in Japan which has higher quality standards than most.

Over all. I think this is truely the best belt sander available on the market and will give you years of production.
With over 1000 hours behind all brands of belt sanders, I have the experience to know what I'm talking about.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2001
I just recently purchased the Makita 9920 3"X24" belt sander and have already begun to take a serious liking to it. I bought it to replace an old B&D Industrial 3X24 I'd had for years. It is just the right size and weight for most of the work I do and I prefer the 24's extra belt length to a 21".
For me, a larger 4X24 would just be too heavy and aggressive for use as an all around general-purpose sander. I am glad to see that Makita has taken the 1/2" of motor housing that used to overhang the right side of their old belt sanders, and moved it over to the left side where the drive belt is making it easier to sand up close to objects. I also like the new positioning of the dust bag. An adapter is available for attaching a vacuum to the dust port. The 9920 also makes much less noise than my old belt sander did.
The Makita's weight and power are just right for medium to heavier sanding jobs. A sanding frame is available for more delicate work. The body is compact with good balance and comfortable handles. The large trigger switch is easy on the fingers. The trigger lock and variable speed control dial are easy to get at. The belt release handle is large and easy to lift. Motor brushes are externally accessible for easy replacement. This tool performs very well, seems very well made and since I have experienced very good reliability from all of my other Makita tools, I feel confident that this tool will turn out to be no exception.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Potter VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
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There are lots of belt sander choices in 9920's price range. I seriously considered sanders with higher amp ratings from Porter-Cable and Bosch. Everything I read about Makita belt sanders, though, convinced me to look at this unit. I still am not sure why the 9920's 21" little brother, the Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag, costs more. It appears to be identical; excepting its shorter belt. I wondered (and still wonder why) the 9920 has so few reviews compared to the 9903. Now that I've seriously put the 9920 to the test, though, I don't care about the 9903.

Here's why: This "Made in Japan" masterpiece, at about 10.5 pounds, has the heft needed to grab stock but is light enough to sand vertical surfaces with ease. Its 8.8 amp motor is easy on ones hands and ears. It has plenty of get up and go but is incredibly smooth and relatively quiet. I used it for hours on end, stripping paint off 130 year old boards, with great results. The belts track true and last much longer than my experience with other belt sanders would have led me to believe.

The 9920 really showed it mettle, though, removing stock. Replacing windows on an old house can present lots of issues. Varying window opening sizes comes to mind. The Makita, though, makes short work of openings not quite big enough. For the most part, I simply left the boards in place in the opening. Sanding upside down and vertically was easy and effective. It's design allows one to operate the sander virtually flush against a right angle.

Obviously, there are dust collection issues in those situations but I would not expect otherwise.
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