|Item Weight||7.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4.4 x 5.2 x 5.5 inches|
|Item model number||BO4556K|
|Size||Pack of 1|
|Style||Tool with Case|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||One year warranty|
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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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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.
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.
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 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.
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Makita BO4556K Finishing Sander, abrasive paper, dust bag, punch plate and tool case.
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- Feels good and has product quality weight.
- Easily change sand paper within minutes, clamp method seems to be the best method overall still
- Dust Collection bag - works quit well. Some reviews say it doesn't pickup much dust, but it does. See my picture below from sanding one french door.
Sanding is naturally messy, so it is impossible to have ALL the dust be caught in the bag come on now. Always wear a respirator mask when
doing these types of projects (under $30).
- Powerful sander
- Very nice storage case
- Pad could have been a little thicker
- Dust bag connection is tricky, but works very well once you get the hang of 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. It is the most expensive among 4 big names (due to the plastic case which I wanted)and has only 1 year warranty (Milwaukee has 5 years). Yesterday I finished my sanding project. Based on my experience with this tool I can say that it is pretty good. It is powerfull, paper clamping is easy and secure, vibration is low due to a special balancer on the motor shaft. The pad is just the right size to accept a 1/4 sheet of 9"x11" paper. This sander does not collect all the dust, but about 90% of it, which is very good without the help from a vacuum cleaner. Other sanders can accept a vacuum hose, but on the stairs it is impossible to manipulate with it. So Makita was the perfect tool for the job. I gave it 5 stars.
Unfortunately I cannot say the same about Amazon performance. I have ordered the sander on May 6, it was not shipped until May 11 and was delivered On May 14. I have lost a good weekend of work due to this delay. To make matters worse it was shipped from the warehouse in Allentown, Pa and I am in York, PA. They could have it delivered in 2 days with no trouble at all, but they elected not to. This was the free super saver shipping case and they were not obligated to deliver it quickly. I cannot prove it, but somehow I've got an impression they waited intentionally. Sorry for venting it out, but this is not the first and not the second bad experience with Amazon.
FYI - The cylindrical "thingie" on the power cord is not, as some users suppose, an anti-theft device. It's a ferrite core (aka ferrite coil and several other names) that is supposed to reduce EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference). Don't remove it. Makita wouldn't have spent the extra money to install it if weren't needed or if it weren't required by law somewhere. It won't do you any harm, and it could even benefit you.
Now for my actual review:
I bought this Makita to replace a nearly 20-year-old Porter-Cable 1/4 sheet sander that had served me well over the years but which was on its last legs. I would have been happy to buy another Porter-Cable sander, but the current model no longer comes with a case. (It occurred to me only after I bought this one that I probably could have used my old Porter-Cable case with a new Porter-Cable sander.) I don't want to dwell on my Porter-Cable, but my experience with it gives me a different perspective than I would have had if the Makita had been my first sander.
First of all, let me say that I originally chose a quarter-sheet sander for two reasons: 1) they're very cost-effective to use, especially if you cut your sandpaper yourself rather than buy pre-cut sandpaper, 2) they're able to get into corners.
I don't have a dedicated workshop and I don't use my tools regularly, so getting a sander with a storage/carrying case was high on my wish list. Quarter-sheet sanders are a very basic tool, and nearly every tool manufacturer has at least one model. Featurewise. they're very similar, but they vary in power, RPMs, sound level, and ergonomics. After narrowing my search to 1/4 sheet sanders that have cases, I chose the Makita because it had good reviews and specs as well as good ergonomics. I've used it on several projects, and overall, I'm fairly happy with it. It's reasonably quiet for a sander, it's comforatable to hold, and it works well. However, it's not perfect. Here are a few areas that could be improved:
1) Dust Collection - If you're sanding, you're creating dust. The Makita dust bag has several problems: 1) it's awkward and gets in the way; 2) it comes off unexpectedly, spilling dust everywere; 3) it's hard to empty, and 4) it doesn't hold much and needs to be emptied frequently. Furthermore, I wish the Makita had an adapter so you could attach a vaccum to it. (This could be an optional accessory, but it should be available.)
2) Clamping mechanism for sandpaper -- This doesn't work nearly as well as the similar mechanism on my old Porter-Cable. The clamp levers are stiff, and it's hard to attach the sandpaper. Worse, it doesn't hold the paper very well, especially near the corners.
3) Paper punch plate isn't very effective. It just doesn't punch clean holes. After I punch the paper a couple of times, I use scissors or a knife to make a better hole. (I always use sandpaper with a cloth backing because it tears less. It may be a bit tougher than regular sandpaper, but I didn't have this issue with same paper and the hole punch plate for my Porter-Cable.)