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Makita 1/4 sheet finish sander review

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 12-15-2015 08:52 AM 1715 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a Makita 1/4 sheet finish sander to compliment my Porter-Cable Block Sander (the 330). I wanted a finish sander that had dust collection, and the Makita had good written reviews.

I thought a video review might be useful for anybody considering the Makita. The last few minutes of the video provides some thoughts as to why a finish sander (vs a random orbit sander) is still a good choice for the modern workshop.



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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 11:40 AM

Good review. Thanks for explaining the “plastic DoDad that is on the power supply cord”. And speaking of power supply cords; This Makita comes with a “short” power supply cord; In my case I added/spliced an extension :(
I find that the ease to change sandpaper is difficult because the “release” bars for the sandpaper are difficult to release, which I find difficult; unlike their competitors. As for dust collection I use the “rubber adaptor” from the bag attachment and it works just fine on the vac hose. Since I own this particular model; I can say that I would NOT purchase it again, because it is difficult to release the sandpaper. But in the $50 range this is quality that we get.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Marty Backe

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 04:51 PM

I’ll take a look at the ‘rubber adapter’ again, but I don’t think it fits the 1-1/2” hose that I use. You’re right that it fits the 2-1/4 shopvac hose, but that hose is too cumbersome for me. As you say, you can’t expect a whole lot for $50.


Good review. Thanks for explaining the “plastic DoDad that is on the power supply cord”. And speaking of power supply cords; This Makita comes with a “short” power supply cord; In my case I added/spliced an extension :(
I find that the ease to change sandpaper is difficult because the “release” bars for the sandpaper are difficult to release, which I find difficult; unlike their competitors. As for dust collection I use the “rubber adaptor” from the bag attachment and it works just fine on the vac hose. Since I own this particular model; I can say that I would NOT purchase it again, because it is difficult to release the sandpaper. But in the $50 range this is quality that we get.

- Desert_Woodworker


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Josh

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 05:12 PM

Marty, thanks for this video. I am about half way through and still listening to you explain. I work in a small shop and we use Porter-Cable random orbitals and Porter-Cable block sanders exactly like the one you’ve had for years. In my experience, there are no sanders that compare to the Porter-Cable sanders. They are ergonomic, last for a loooong time, are easy to use/change sandpaper, and don’t vibrate like an earthquake. I had personally had Craftsman, Rigid, and Dewalt sanders. My Rigid is a block sander and it has those “release” bars which randomly “release” whilst sanding (Incredibly annoying). The Dewalt sander I have is a random orbital and it is too shaky and too powerful.

My next sander purchase will definitely be a Porter-Cable unit. Overall, I think they are the best sanders out there.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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teejk02

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 05:21 PM



My next sander purchase will definitely be a Porter-Cable unit. Overall, I think they are the best sanders out there.
- josh
Josh…any idea whether the PC has been cheapened to make way for the DeWalt (they seem to have done that with a lot of the PC stuff)? Figuring it’s time to order a back-up for my 343 because it has to die one of these days after all I’ve put it through (it owes me nothing).

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