Great looking corpse
I bought the Makita BO4565K 200 W sander from Bunnings to restore a weathered Jarrah bench seat to its former glory. It worked well - the fresh new looking timber appeared much more quickly than it did with the Ryobi palm sander I'd been using before. But after only about 10 - 15 hours of work the motor sounded laboured and shortly after it stopped working altogether. So I took it back and replaced it under warranty with another Makita BO4565K and went back to the same job. The same thing has happened again with the replacement Makita - aga...in after only about 15-20 hours of work - the motor sound changed, then it ground to a stop. Meanwhile the 100W Ryobi palm sander that I'd been using before I got either of these Makita's is still going strong - but the job takes longer because it doesn't work as well. But at least it keeps working - even with its smaller motor. It took two Makita's to sand one bench seat, and I still had to finish it off with the Ryobi.
A great little finishing sander which still goes after months of hard work
Sanding isn't something that most people enjoy. However, whether you're a major DIY-er, or doing the one-off-painting, building or woodworking project, chances are you're going to do some sanding at some point. As a very enthusiastic wood worker, and DIY repairman around my home, I can say that I've put this sander through it's paces. I've used it on everything from sanding gyprock walls, wood paneling, and even ironbark sleepers for garden beds. However, this is a FINISHING sander, and that means that it is designed to do lighter, smaller, and...harder-to-reach work, rather than heavier duty sanding tasks. Now if you're new to sanding, you may be confused about which sander to get. Now, ignoring the multitude of bench or stand-mounted woodworking sanders, I'm going to limit it to the hand held power tool sander types. 1. The Belt Sander: This sander uses thick sheets of sand paper, with the ends glued together to form a ring or belt. The belt width and circumference should match your sander's specification or it won't work. Belt sanders remove a LOT of material (especially with coarse sandpapers like 40, 60, or 80 grit) So keep it moving or you'll have a dug a hole in the wood within 5-10 seconds, particularly on softer woods. The belt sander is more for covering large amounts of area (like doors, maybe even floors if you don't have a floor sander). As long as you ALWAYS keep the sander parallel with the wood grain, and move quickly, the results can be fantastic. However, they can be very heavy, and hard to balance on thin edges of planks of wood. 2. Disk, Orbital and Random Orbital sanders. Basically seen as a middle-of-the-road sander. Less aggressive than belt sanders, disk and orbital sanders usually have circular disks (between 100mm-and 150mm in diameter, attached by glue or velcro) which spin in circles or orbits). While cheaper, the down side of a pure disk and orbital sanders is that they leave circular swirl marks on the sanded wooden surface. Random orbit sanders move in a more complicated manner and they don't leave the swirls, leaving a better and smoother finish. Naturally random orbital sander are more expensive. I own a random orbital sander, and if I had to choose just one, I'd buy a random orbital sander. Also, please note, that a larger disk size can speed up your work significantly. There's a 43.4% increase in area between a 125mm and 150mm disk, think how much time can be saved on larger projects if you were 43.4% faster! Smaller models do have a place though, especially in tighter spaces, and do suit people on tighter budgets. 3. Finishing sander:
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