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08-02-2019 09:06 PM

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My Craftman random orbit sander finally wore out, and I was going to replace it with another of the same model – which you can’t get anymore.

So instead of $60, I spent $80 on the Makita. It was a good move.

Obviously I can’t comment on its longevity yet, but it’s much smoother, quieter, and it has way way way better dust collection. It also has a very slow speed that Craftsman doesn’t have, which among other applications is useful for scuffing the surface in between finish coats. And I like where the switch is (momentary contact, but you can lock it).

The extra handle gets in the way for woodworking, but it takes three seconds to remove it, and it might be useful if I ever get in the mood to go out and sand some houses or something.

It’s hard to jump up and down with excitement over a sander, but I figured I’d post my impressions.


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#1 posted 08-02-2019 11:20 PM

I have one and am very happy with it. I don’t recall exactly how long I’ve had it but I’m guessing it been at least 5 years. It has been my go to sander almost since the day I got it. You made a good choice!

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#2 posted 08-03-2019 05:48 PM

It would be good to post this on REVIEWS so it can be easily searched.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-03-2019 08:57 PM

Ah, sorry, I missed that section. Moderators, can you move this?

I flagged this as spam rather than being offensive. Hopefully it’s neither. :)

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#4 posted 08-04-2019 10:25 AM

I have four orbital sanders, including Festool, and Porter Cable and then bought a Makita BO5031 and like it the best. I agree the low speed of it is useful to me. Great speed range and light weight. Many professional construction workers, including me, mainly use Makita tools.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#5 posted 08-04-2019 05:18 PM



Ah, sorry, I missed that section. Moderators, can you move this?

I flagged this as spam rather than being offensive. Hopefully it s neither. :)

- nickbatz

Sorry but the review section uses different coding to enter a review, so I can’t just move this there for you. It is fine here for now. Moving forward you can use the review section.

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#6 posted 08-05-2019 04:21 AM

Will do. Thanks.

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#7 posted 08-05-2019 04:33 AM



I have one and am very happy with it. I don t recall exactly how long I ve had it but I m guessing it been at least 5 years. It has been my go to sander almost since the day I got it. You made a good choice!

- syenefarmer

Good to know.

I used the heck out of the Craftsman, and if this one lasts half as long I’ll have more than got my money’s worth.


I have four orbital sanders, including Festool, and Porter Cable and then bought a Makita BO5031 and like it the best. I agree the low speed of it is useful to me. Great speed range and light weight. Many professional construction workers, including me, mainly use Makita tools.

- Jim Finn

I also have a Makita circular saw (5007MG), and it’s been great.

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