Makita 6" Random-Orbit Sander #BO6030

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.5
out of 5
Brand:
Makita
Model:
BO6030
Price:
$175

Description

• 30% less vibration than the nearest competitor
• Variable speed control dial (4,000-10,000 OPM) enables user to match the sanding speed to the application
• Durable cast metal fan housing
• Utilizes hook-and-loop abrasive discs for fast and easy installation
• Large trigger switch with conveniently located lock-on button for comfortable long term use
• Detachable front handle allows for sanding in corners and confined areas
• Efficient through-the-pad dust collection system with dust bag for a cleaner work environment
• Ergonomic rubberized rear handle reduces vibration for operator comfort
• Lightweight at only 5.2 lbs.
• 1/8" orbit diameter provides a swirl-free finish
• Double insulated

INCLUDES:
1 ea. Abrasive Disc (#120; 794610-0)
Hex Wrench (783203-8)
Dust Bag (151517-7)
Dust Nozzle (151518-5)
Rubber Pad (A-91207)
Wrench Holder (410047-0)

• Pad Size 6" Round
• Abrasive Disc Size 6"
• No Load OPM 4,000 - 10,000
• Orbit Diameter 1/8"
• AMPS (120V) 2.7
• Vibration (m/s2) 4.0
• Dimensions (LxWxH) 12-1/8" x 5-7/8" x 7-1/8"
• Weight (lbs.) 5.2

WOOD magazine review

Smooth operator—but poor dust collection

Review Summary

Aggressiveness: Third fastest of five 6" models in aggressiveness. Finish quality: Finish quality was equal to all but the Festool, able to achieve a scratch-free finish when sanding to 220 grit. Dust collection: Here’s where this sander stumbles—its dust collection is unacceptable. With the cloth bag on it left the most dust on the work surface of any sander. We could actually see dust flying off the disc while sanding.
And much of what did make it into the bag went right through the porous material. We verified this by sanding melamine-coated particleboard because the maroon cloth bag turned white by the time we were finished. Not at all acceptable because you’d be breathing that dust without a respirator on. And its dust port measures 13/16” in diameter, so no vacuum hose we could find fits it. To make it work we had to build it up with layers and layers of duct tape before a hose would even fit snugly onto it, and even then we had trouble. This tool definitely needs a vacuum to suck the dust, but to do that it needs a better port. Vibration/Comfort: This is a really smooth running sander with little vibration. The power switch lock button was hard to push in while holding it in pistol grip fashion—had to actually use the other hand to push it in. Other factors: Changing pads was a snap with one screw using the included hex wrench that clips onto the tool’s power cord. And the pad has both 6- and 8-hole patterns, so it works with lots of different discs. It does not come with any kind of storage case, which is odd because Makita’s 5” sander has a decent blow-molded plastic case.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Great sander hooked up to shop vac

Review Summary

The dust bag on this sander is not that great but this sander rocks when hooked to a shop vac. It gets almost all of the dust. I have it connected to my Ridgid shop vac using a car vacuum accessory kit hose and a Fein rubber adapter I got on Amazon. The sander runs really quiet and is very smooth. I can sand for hours without any arm fatigue. The velcro pad accepts 6 and 8 hole discs. The only downside is the cost.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

3

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