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.
Ease of Use
out of 5