Hands-On with the Makita BO5041 Random Orbit Sander
Posted by Mark Hunter - October 24, 2011
We recently saw the Makita BO5041 orbital sander in action, and had to pass some comment on it. Plus we've got a video of it in action, viewable below.
First off, the aesthetics.
Makita have done a good job here, providing plenty of soft, rubber over-moulding to give you a healthy dose of comfort, but perhaps more importantly, control over the sander.
The side handle doesn't have to be on the side. In fact, it doesn't have to be on the sander at all as with a few twists of the rubber grip you can detach it.
The base of the sander, where the sanding pad is located, swells out in a reassuringly authoritative way, providing you with 123mm of contact with your work surface. The pad has been engineered by Makita to reduce the risk of gouging, hence the flared appearance.
On the top, just below the palm rest is the variable speed dial, within reach of your thumb, so that you can crank up - or down - the orbits per minute. Makita are quoting a range of between 4,000 and 12,000 orbits per minute (obm), which will give you loads of control over the speed of the pad according to what you're sanding.
Additional control is in place thanks to Makita's "pad control system". This means that the sander isn't going to burst into life at a high stroke per minute (spm) speed, thereby damaging your work piece. The trigger is also variable speed, with a lock on button.
At the rear of the sander is a vacuum port adaptor that is going to ably handle your dust output. Dust is drawn through the pad and out the port and into, either the supplied dust bag, or into your dust extraction system.
Who is the Makita BO5041 best suited for?
Simply, anyone who needs to take a door, a piece of wood or similar and make it ready for varnishing. The 1/8" random orbit has been engineered to leave you with a swirl free finish.
Check it out in action here.
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