|Item Weight||9.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.6 x 5.6 x 6.2 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||9903|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Included Components||bare-tool; attachments|
|Warranty Description||1 Year|
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Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
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- Powerful 8.8 AMP motor; only 85dB
- Variable speed control dial (690-1,440 ft./min.) enables user to match the speed to the application
- 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
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Variable speed control dial matches the speed to the application, auto tracking belt system, sands flush to wall with nose and side of sander, front grip, dust bag. Specs: 120V, only 85dB, ft./min. 690-1,440 , 11-5/8"L, 16.4 ft. power cord, double insulated, weight 9.5 lbs. Includes: (1) #80 abrasive belt, dust bag.
Makita's 3 x 21-Inch Belt Sander, model 9903, combines power and speed with ease-of-use features and less noise for fast and efficient stock removal. The 9903 is ideal for woodworkers, carpenters, furniture makers, floor installers, deck builders and general contractors who require a best-in-class belt sander.
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 9903 is easily maneuvered with the long 16.4-foot power cord, and the highly efficient dust collector reduces dust in the work area. An optional sanding shoe is available for precise sanding depth control.
The Makita 9903 is engineered for cabinetry and woodworking, and is ideal for wood panels, furniture, closets, and more. The 9903 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.
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 makitatools.com. 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 makitatools.com for complete details.
What's in the Box
Makita 9903 3 x 21-Inch Belt Sander, abrasive belt and dust bag.
Top customer reviews
My first mistake after that incident was to go to the "Lo"cal big box home improvement store and get a different Porter Cable (352VS) sander. As soon as I unboxed the thing, I knew it was junk. The front roller was way too stiff and the fit and finish on the thing were horrible. When I ran the thing, it screamed so loud, I was afraid it would destroy what is left of my hearing. It was returned within an hour, and I suggested that they send it back to the vendor as defective, or at least awful.
Needing to keep working, but fearing for my life, I checked Amazon and saw that the Makita 9903 had mostly positive reviews. I've used only Makita cordless tools ever since they went to LXT, but only have one Makita corded tool - an angle grinder that just refuses to die. I considered the 9920 because it takes the same size belts that I'm used to, and I've got quite a few of them in stock - but since it has the same size motor as the 9903, I was afraid it would bog down when I get rushed and do the thing you're never supposed to do (I burned up my first 503 that way, and still feel the guilt to this day).
>>>Sorry for the long pre-ramble, the "actual" tool review begins now.<<<
I returned the first one Amazon shipped, as it arrived damaged. It was sent via USPS in the original (thin cardboard) box from Makita and nothing else. The box is weakest on the bottom, which happens to be the most vulnerable part of belt sanders. Since the sole plate was bent, it was useless as far as I was concerned. What a shame they didn't spring for a second box to ship it in, as I'm pretty sure they have some boxes lying around. The second one was kid-glove delivered by Amazon's own delivery service, and it arrived in pristine condition.
Having read some reviewers' comments that the thing is heavy, I was shocked at how light it is. It has a wonderfully long cord, which is truly a plus for belt sanders because you really don't want that snag between the factory cord and extension cord while sanding. It spoils the Zen, and ruins the bliss. When I first fired it up, I was surprised at how quiet was, and how smoothly it ran. Being used to heavy sander with tremendous torque, I was disappointed with how little "pull" it had. I thought I had chosen a light duty model for sure. But when I checked the oak I'd sanded and emptied the dust bag - I was amazed. This tool, somehow, removes a lot of material with very little noise, rattle, and effort. Kudos to those who designed it!
In an effort to catch up with my work backlog, I've used this sander daily for the last two weeks. It is a definitely a keeper, silky smooth, quiet, and effective in a way that I do not understand, but am happy for.
While it is a plus that there are two metric-tapped holes on one side of the tool, I wish they offered a graphite sole plate. Porter Cable has them for the 503, and believe me, once you use a belt sander with a graphite sole plate - it is very hard to go back to a stiff steel one.
It's heavy, which only I noticed, not my husband. We're considering sanding our floors and just trying it out on the edges (the belt sanding edge is perfect for up close.) and I could see this handling it for the smaller rooms anyway.
For now, it's removing years of paint off shelves at a faster clip than I'm able to repaint and replace...which is not a complaint.
I would replace this with another one if and when I have to. But so far so good. This winter we are starting another project and this will be our primary sander for that as well!
The Makita is ruggedly built and the fit and finish are high quality. It has plenty of power and the balance and ergonomics are such that you can use it for extended periods with reasonable comfort. The dust pick up when combined with a vacuum is nearly complete. Belt changes are a snap with the release lever which tucks neatly into the chassis and operates with ease. The tracking is easy to adjust and holds well once set. The only thing I found odd was the size of the platen which is considerably larger than the width of the belt. However, this fact does not seem interfere at all with its ability to sand and in fact guards against the tendency of some sanders to chew up belts if they are not tracking exactly in the center of the platen.
While I have not as yet used this sander extensively, if it's durability and reliability are anything like my other Makita tools, I have no doubt it will serve me well for a long time to come.