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Makita LXOB01Z 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander (Tool Only, No Battery)

by Makita
4.8 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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  • Three speed settings (7,000/9,500/11,000 OPM) engineered for fast material removal Up to 40 minutes (low speed) and 20 minutes (high speed) of run time on a single charge
  • One-touch electronic speed control switch provides fast, medium and low settings
  • Ergonomically designed body and grip for increased operator comfort
  • Pad brake engineered for reduced free-spin and improved overall finish
  • Large 1/8 random orbit action engineered for fast sanding and swirl-free finish
  • Pad control system for controlled pad speed upon start-up
  • Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system for a cleaner work environment
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Product Description

Corded Performance without the Cord Three speed settings (7,000/9,500/11,000 OPM) engineered for fast material removal. Up to 40 minutes (low speed) and 20 minutes (high speed) of run time on a single charge. One-touch electronic speed control switch provides fast, medium and low settings. Ergonomically designed body and grip for increased operator comfort. Pad brake engineered for reduced free-spin and improved overall finish. Large 1/8” random orbit action engineered for fast sanding and swirl-free finish. Pad control system for controlled pad speed upon start-up. Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system for a cleaner work environment. Dust-sealed switch and bearing for longer tool life. Uses quick-change 5” (8-hole) hook-and-loop abrasive paper. Oversized sealed-ball bearing construction for longer tool life. Sold as a bare tool without charger and battery.

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Technical Details

Part Number LXOB01Z
Item Weight 2.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 5.2 x 6.7 inches
Item model number LXOB01Z
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 18.00
Item Package Quantity 1
Number of Handles 1
Special Features quiet
Included Components bare-tool
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? Yes

Additional Information

ASIN B0037Y06X2
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4.8 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #175,007 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#137 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Sanders > Random-Orbit Sanders
Shipping Weight 2.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available August 31, 2012

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Lots of good reviews of this tool, which I couldn't add to or agree with more. Fantastic.

It is made for the larger Makita 18 volt lithium ion batteries (the 3.0 Amp Hour) but will also work with the smaller 'compact' (1.5 Amp Hour) Makita lithium ion batteries if you make a small modification. There is a very tiny metal tab on the underside of the tool, in the area where the battery slides in. Not the big metal tabs which are essential, but a very small one, about 1/8 inch by 1/8 inch, sticking up to one side. I took a big screwdriver and leveraged it back and forth until the metal weakened and it snapped off. Now the smaller, lighter battery will slide on. I did this with another tool (Makita 18 volt grinder) to achieve the same result. I like the smaller lighter batteries for working on my boat, where projects tend to be short in duration, and getting into tight spots is important.

No, I am not recommending you do this. No, Makita does not recommend this. So don't write back telling me how this might void the warranty or whatever. I am just providing the information for those who might have the 'compact' series of tools and wonder if the batteries are interchangeable.

20 plus years of using Makita, and I have to say they have consistently led the way with a quality product at a fair price, and a size that fits my small to medium size hands much better than the honking big Dewalt and Milwaukee stuff.
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I'm a big makita guy and decided to get this sander to round out my lineup. Here are a few things to consider:

1. There are 3 speeds at which you can sand, the fastest speed is definitely good enough for any flat wood surfaces. Slowest speed I didn't find much use for... after all everyone wants to finish faster.. still nice to have the option.

2. The makita DOES NOT come with a battery or charger. ( It drives me crazy when people make a 1 star review because it didn't come with the battery).

3. The vacuum bag thing works and collects roughly 60-80% of all dust.

4. The tool comes with only 1 sheet of sand paper and the bag attachment, does not include anything else (some papers).

5. The tool is a little heavier with the battery than a typical corded version but I consider this a good thing as it is more stable and you don't need to push down very hard to start sanding away.

6. Battery life is 20 min on high speed and 40 on slow. Seems like not much but a 20 second battery change every 20-30 minutes of constant use is golden. I haven't ran a battery all the way down and I sanded the top of a stained and coated coffee table in about 10 min.

7. The sander is very stable and has little free wheeling action. The sander will spin around if left on, on a surface but not way out of control as some do.

8. Biggest concern is that the bag attachment plastic pipe will break with rough usage thrown in a bag. I try to take cake of my tools and don't consider this a con as the plastic is pretty heavy duty and seems tough, but any protruding plastic has a chance of snapping off.

This is a great tool! I see no need for a cordless version ever.
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I order this unit right when it was released by Makita, so I guess, I'm one of the first who got it by now.
I received it today and couldn't wait to get my hands on it (literally). My batteries where ready, fully charged and all I had to do is unpack the sander and snap the battery.
I spent about 10-15 minutes or so playing with it, so can't say anything about how fast it's draining the juice from the battery.
The first impression - this is amazing piece of equipment. Period. No free spinning problem that I have with my old(er) Dewalt sender. Perfect control of the unit. Start is smooth, changing the speed is a snap.
It is on the heavy side, but ergonomics and the fact that I will mostly use it on the horizontal surfaces does't really concerns me.
I'm looking forward to put this sander to the real test, but so far very impressed.
I newer had a chance to use those expensive sanders $300-500. I'm sure the price is justified for certain applications. For me this sander is plenty. I'm mostly working on the small projects in my small shop.
The last, but not list important thing that this sander made in UK. How often do you see that?
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As a rule, Makita makes great products. I invested in the Makita line of cordless products a few years ago because after examining the different offerings, they had the widest variety of tools available powered by their excellent 18v lithium ion batteries. Since that time, their offerings have only expanded and since I've bought in to the battery lineup, I could add the new tools without spending a fortune on more batteries and chargers. This cordless random orbit sander was Christmas gift from my wife (after some subtle hints). In the past year I've used it for numerous wood projects (refinished three dressers, custom built a night stand, and a chair). For all purposes it has worked flawlessly!

Reliability
No problems with reliability to date, it always starts with a fresh battery.

Performance
For a cordless tool, it has plenty of "oomph". This is part of why I chose the Makita cordless system, all of their cordless tools have close to the power of their corded equivalents. This tool is no exception. Using rough grit sandpaper, I have quickly stripped commercially finished dressers to the bare wood and then using a fine grit sanded back to that nice smooth finish. Using a fresh battery should yield you between 10-20 minutes of solid non stop sanding. With multiple batteries you can sand for as long as you have the endurance.

Overall
For the price ($99.99 tool only) this is worth the extra over its corded equivalent ($69.99). The freedom you gain from not being tied to a cord is worth the extra $30. You can use it far away from a power source if needed but mostly its the freedom from dealing with the cord. Its power and reliability is equally up to the corded equivalent. A definite "buy" rating!
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