Makita BO6050J Random Orbit Sander - What's the Spec & Features
Posted by Mark Hunter - September 26, 2016
In this quick guide from Toolstop, we're looking at the BO6050J random orbit sander from Makita - SHOP HERE.
It's available in 110 or 240 volt, offing your a 750-watt motor. The speed of the orbits is controlled via the variable speed dial, giving you between 1600 and 6800 revolutions per minute. Power is controlled by the sliding switch which you can lock off for continuous use.
Dust extraction is built-in, allowing you to use either a dust bag or dust extractor (check out this fantastic M-Class extractor). There's a side handle, which can be fitted either side of the sander, to improve your grip while it's in use.
Also at the front of the machine you'll notice a bumper, so when you're sanding up to edges, the bumper will stop you from damaging the sponge pad. The pad itself is 6" in diameter and holds the paper with the hook and loop system.
There are lots of different hole configurations, so depending on the type of sandpaper you're using, the holes will always be in the correct position there for you. This, in turn, helps with dust extraction, pulling the dust away from the sand pad, preventing it from clogging up, which helps it last a lot longer.
The type of sanding you can perform is selectable from:
- Random orbit mode: for finish sanding and buffing: The motion of the pad is orbital action plus weak free-rotation, and can be stopped by exerting firm hand pressure on the machine
- Roto-orbit mode: for coarse sanding and polishing: The motion of the pad is a combination of orbital action and aggressive forced rotation
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