Top positive review
Outclasses the competition. More comfortable thanks to the pistol grip with trigger switch. Lightweight. Versatile.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 10, 2018
After 15 years and about seven different disc/ sheet sanders from Black and Decker and Ridgid (rectangular flat sheet, iron shaped, orbital, 5", 6", ...) and my 5" Ridgid starting to give the ghost with some metal grinding noises (after probably 100 hours of sanding in many years) I needed a new 5" orbital. I was tempted to go with another 5" Ridgid but it had a few shortcomings: bit bulky to hold, the recessed on off switch, no pistol grip with trigger switch. So I looked at half a dozen other brands at the big box stores. Enter this Makita.
About $20 extra for this Makita, but with a pistol grip with trigger switch and second hand grip!
It is a LOT more comfortable to use than any of my orbital palm sanders. You can use two hands or single hand it, and give your hands a rest with a differing position during extended use as you can switch around using the knob, top and pistol grip.
It is also lighter weight, so easier to use above the shoulders and overhead.
The soft start and stop is fantastic, combined with the trigger switch. No more high speed circular gouge marks as with some other sanders.
It does an average job of sucking dust into its little baggy.
The shop vac port is rather small and the adapter is rubbery but seems to lack a bit of depth to latch on to the shop vac hose better. I have to reseat the hose every few minutes.
In my opinion, it should be redesigned with a bigger diameter tube and deeper connecting shop vac adapter.
In a perfect world it would also have a small vacuum shroud surrounding (akin Ridgid 2611) for a dustless experience when hooked up to a shop vac.
Besides the average dust collection and the so so shop vac connector, I love it and hope to use it for hours and years to come.