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Makita BO4556K 2.0 Amp 4-1/2-Inch Finishing Sander with Case

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  • 14,000 OPM for fast and smooth finish sanding
  • Precision engineered all-ball bearing construction for reduced vibration and noise
  • Contoured, rubberized palm grip design for improved operator comfort and control
  • Large clamping lever for quick and easy paper installation
  • Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system for a cleaner work environment
  • Conveniently located on/off switch for easy one-handed operation
  • Rubber-sealed switch prevents dust contamination for longer tool life
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Dimensions 5.55 inches x 5.16 inches x 4.41 inches 6.75 inches x 9.5 inches x 13 inches 5.75 inches x 9 inches x 6.75 inches 5.75 inches x 6.5 inches x 9.5 inches
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2561-3035 Features: -Contoured, rubberized palm grip design for improved operator comfort and control.-Large and easy to use paper clamps for fast and efficient paper installation.-Conveniently located on and off switch for easy one handed operation.-Rubber sealed switch prevents dust contamination for longer tool life.-14,000 no load opm.-4-1/2'' x 4'' pad. Includes: -Includes abrasive paper #60, #100, and #150, dust bag, punch plate, and tool case. Construction: -Precision engineered all-ball-bearing construction for reduced vibration and noise. Specifications: -2.0 amps. Collection: -Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system for a cleaner work environment.

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Makita's Finishing Sander, Model BO4556K, combines fast, smooth performance with a contoured rubberized palm grip and ease-of-use features. The BO4556K is ideal for wood workers and finish carpenters who require a best-in-class sander.

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BO4556K Features
PERFORMANCE - 2.0 AMP motor rotates pad 14,000 OPM for smooth finish sanding

COMFORT - Engineered to operate at a low noise level with reduce vibration

CAPACITY - 4-1/2" x 4" pad size

EFFICIENCY - Large clamping lever for quick and easy paper installation

INCLUDES - Abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate and tool case

Tool Specifications
Tool Spec
Pad Size4-1/2" x 4"
Abrasive Paper Size4-1/2" x 5-1/2"
No load speed14,000 OPM
AMPS (120V)2.0
Vibrations (m/s2)4.0
Overall length5-1/8"
Net weight2.4 lbs.
The BO4556K weighs just 2.6 pounds and is engineered with a 2 AMP motor that delivers 14,000 OPM for fast and smooth finishing sanding. The precision-engineered all ball bearing construction significantly reduces vibration and noise.

Comfort and ease-of-use features include an ergonomically designed contoured rubberized palm grip that fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control. The rubber sealed switch prevents dust contamination and increases durability, while the large paper clamps are designed for fast and efficient paper installation. The efficient through-the-pad dust collection system helps provide a cleaner work environment, while the fabric dust bag has an extra wide mouth for faster disposal.

Model BO4556K includes abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate, and tool case. It is ideal for a wide range of finish sanding applications. The BO4556K 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 LogoAbout Makita
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.

Warranty
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.

Whats in the Box
Makita BO4556K Finishing Sander, abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate and tool case.



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Technical Details

Part Number BO4556K
Item Weight 7.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 5.2 x 4.4 x 5.5 inches
Item model number BO4556K
Color Teal
Style Tool with Case
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 230 volts
Wattage 200 watts
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components case
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description One year warranty

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ASIN B00171JEE4
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,950 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#5 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Sanders > Sheet Sanders
Shipping Weight 7.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available April 1, 2008

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I needed a finishing sander to sand the stairs in my house before putting a polyurethane coat. It may not be very fast, but you can get to all corners with it.
These sanders are not very expensive, so I wanted to get the best one. Limited my choices to Dewalt, Bosh, Milwaukee and Makita. Started looking at Amazon reviews and to my surprise all of them except Makita had very poor customer feedback. Being an engineer I went to Lowes and Home Depot to verify it first hand.

Bosh and Milwaukee both have a modern way of holding the paper. At first I liked it because of easy paper loading, but I have to trust other reviewers in that these new clamps are not holding the paper securely. So these two names are crossed away from my list.

I always had a lot of respect for Dewalt and their line of professionally looking tools. Recently my opinion started to deteriorate after I have learned that many if not all their 20V little cordless drills have chucks with unacceptably high runout. How come they allowed that to happen to their very expensive tools? For comparison I can say that my recently purchased 2 no good name cordless drills exibit practically no runout and they cost only a fraction of the Dewalt's cost.
Amazon reviews say that many Dewalt sanders model D26441K fail due to a problem with their plastic platen, which holds the sanding pad. Plastic breaks under load and pieces get jammed in the motor. Not very good... In addition somebody said that their pad is too big to accept a 1/4 sheet of paper. I have compared Dewalt and Makita side by side and can testify that Dewalt's pad is bigger. What good is the sander if it cannot take the paper?

So I desided to take my chances with Makita for which I could not find really horrible reviews.
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WOW; I've been using this little work-horse for three days now and it has been more impressive each day. Bought it specifically to sand down old nasty caulking scars and paint goobs while repainting my wood siding. Today, I noted the installation time for a fresh piece of paper was well under 15 seconds while standing on a ladder and I got right back to work with each fresh piece as I worked my way down a long sanding run. The catch release knobs are well sized and not hard plastic. The clamps are quick and sure. When I put some gnarly 60 grit on it, it chews right through years old caulking and paint, and can leave a smooth paint-ready finish with the same paper. If I could get my 15 yo to hold it against the house, it would be the perfect tool. I will always look at Makita products first from now on.
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I picked this Makita sander up to supplement an aging 1/3 sheet sander that has served me well. I was a little concerned that this wouldn't do the job as quickly or handle as smoothly as the larger sander, but these concerns quickly vanished. This little sander is quick and efficient, and very easy to handle.

Pros:
Lightweight but not flimsy
Very sturdy paper clamps are easy to operate
Plenty of power
Smooth handling
Suprisingly effective dust collection (better than any other sanders I've worked with)
Very usable case

Cons:
Sealed power switch could be easier to operate
Dust bag doesn't lock on

The bottom line is that I'm very impressed with what this sander can do and how easily it does it.
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I use this sander pretty often, and it actually works very well. As others have said, the vibration isn't bad. It sands effectively and evenly. I don't bother with the sandpaper that you're suspposed to use with this, rather, I just buy sand paper and rip it into fours and use that instead. It's cheaper and it works equally as well. My only issue with this is the dust catcher. I don't find that it actually cuts down that much on dust, but worse, the dust catcher doesn't stay on. I've tried everything, and it just continues to fall off. Maybe I've gotten a faulty one, but when this one goes, I'll probably replace it with another brand that has a better dust catcher.
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I purchased this sander because of Makita's (former) reputation as a quality maker of handheld sanding equipment. I WANTED this sander to be a quality piece of sanding equipment. When I took the sander out of the case, I could see immediately that the base was bent/warped. If you will notice in the reviews, the best reviews are the OLD reviews. Makita tools used to be made in Japan and were quality made tools. Now they are made in China and do not live up to the name they used to have. I am returning this sander for a refund and will continue to use my Bosch random orbital sander even though it is a larger tool. I wish I had known years ago that companies would be outsourcing to China. I would have bought every tool I could afford before that happened.
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I am giving this Makita sander one star because of a bent sanding pad. When I opened the box today, I immediately noticed that the front-left corner of the sanding pad was bent away from the tool base about 1/8 of an inch. I was stunned because this defect had been reported several times in these customer reviews, and I naturally assumed Makita or Amazon had taken care of the problem. But, no, this sander is still being shipped with bent corners on the sanding pad.

I am not going to return this unit because I need to use it right away, and because the bent sanding pad is fairly easy to fix. Here is how to fix the sanding pad:

Note the position of the bent corner(s). You will want to re-assemble the sanding pad in the same position. Turn the tool over and remove the four Philips screws that hold the sanding pad to the tool base. The sanding pad itself is bonded to a thin aluminum backing plate with adhesive. Using a pair of regular pliers, you must bend the aluminum backing plate and the pad together as a unit. So you must take care not to damage the face of the pad. Protect it by placing a piece of cardboard or plastic or wood between the pad face and one jaw of the pliers. Gently bend the backing plate corner until it is flat. Try the assembly on the tool base to check your work without screwing it into place. Continue gently bending the backing plate until it fits flat on the tool base, then re-assemble using the four screws. Make sure the screws are as tight as you can get them. (You might also try hammering the backing plate flat, but that might crush the sanding pad, which is somewhat fragile. I got good results simply by bending the backing plate with pliers.)

After I actually get to use this sander, I will write an update.
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