|Item Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.6 x 7.1 x 3.4 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||GV-5010|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Makita GV-5010 5in Disc Sander
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Weight 2.6 lb, 3.6 AMP, 4,500 RPM. (No load speed)
This versatile sander has a no-load speed of 4,500 rpm, and it includes an abrasive disc (#80), a plastic pad, a side handle, and a hex wrench. It features a lock-on button for continuous use, and a rugged 3.6 amp motor for fast sanding in a wide variety of applications. Use it to sand house siding or for paint preparation, to prepare a piece for finishing, or to smooth wood floors.
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- Light weight (much lighter than a disc grinder - but it still feels well built)
- Great balance (making it much easier to use one-handed than a grinder)
- Durability and suitable power
Overall, this is a great tool for painters, which is why it seems to be standard issue with many pros. If I were using it for anything else (sanding or grinding fiberglass, for instance), I would personally prefer a sander that has speed control (such as the 7" sander/polishers from Makita or Milwaukee) so that I could have better control of the amount of material being removed. But for painting houses, I consider it a must-have. The only thing I have come across that could use improvement (and it is a bit nit-picky) is that the trigger lock is difficult to operate with the left hand - I am right handed, but sometimes need to use the tool with the left when up on a ladder, etc. I have also seen it cheaper than Amazon's current price ($99) at a local home superstore...
That was true up until August of "06. Now 3M, Norton and others appear to have discontinued the product, rendering to tool useless. 3M, Makita and others are you listning? We need out paper back.
Now I'm prepping another side of my house and using this tool to get down to the wood. Don't kid yourself about which grit you'll need. If the paint is hard and rough, go with 24 or 36 grit, and use the heavier "metallic" discs because they're much sturdier and will last longer. But not too long. Figure on using a lot of discs if it's a big job. Also, apply as light a pressure as you can and keep the sander moving around to avoid creating too many swirl marks. These are inevitable and you often need to really press down harder, but once you prime and paint, the only way you see them is by looking very closely. And even then, so what? If the paint job is great, the surface will look good, too.
One somewhat inconvenient aspect of this model is that it uses a center screw to hold the sand paper discs on. This is fine in itself, but it can sometimes be challenging to find these discs in hardware stores. They're pretty common on line. And you may want to buy an extra 5 mm hex wrench for removing the screw in case you lose the one that comes with the sander.
No matter what you use to strip paint, it's never fun and it's a ton of hard work. But if you don't prep well you are wasting your time and money on paint.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These sanders are very good quality, I have been using them for over 15 years they take a lot of wear and tear before needing any repairs.Published 18 months ago by Ellen Tieking
working well using 7 inch sand paper disc on 5 inch pad great for boat bottoms and layers of old paintPublished on May 17, 2014 by michael braal
I bought this one to replace one just like it that I had for many years. Well worht the money, this thing is up for any project.Published on October 25, 2013 by Ray Ray
This is a great product for polishing. Would never know it was refurbished looks brand new. I am very pleased with this purchase.Published on October 5, 2011 by Cdc54
People consistently praise Makita, and in particular they can't seem to say enough about this product. I'm sold. Thanks, all. JohnPublished on June 6, 2011 by pen name