Talk about a tool that can deliver the goods and win hearts! The Makita 9903 Belt Sander with Variable speed steals the show with its amazing features. Apart from having a powerful 8.8 amp motor, the tool has many other wonderful features that make it the number one in its category. OK let me not get ahead of myself. Let us look at this objectively. Users rate the Makita 9903 a 4.8 out of 5. Yes, this is a superstar among Belt Sanders! To understand why this tool has been a hit with so many of its users, I got down to doing what I do best – analysing this tool and its features.
The product review from users is testimony to the beauty of this product. I especially like what D. Lemke from the USA had to say about this tool. He is the proud owner of a Makita 9903. He is especially happy with the tracking system of this tool. The only time he had to adjust the tracking was when he replaced the stock belt with the 3M belt. Once he was done with setting it, he never had to touch it again. Now why is this one of the most desirable features of the Makita 9903? Basically, Tracking means to ensure that the belt is centred on the roller which is very essential when sanding. If the belt starts rubbing against the housing it may damage the belt and the tool, to top the ineffective sanding. Most older versions of sanders would require you to manually adjust the tracking and do it often at that. The Makita 9903, on the other hand, has automatic tracking which ensures that the belt always remains centred while in use. Now this saves you a lot of time and hassle when you are on the job.
A true convertible…
The other feature of the Makita 9903 that sets it apart from other Belt Sanders in its category is that you need only flip the 9903 over to use it as a stationary sander. This is a good feature which comes in great use when working to round off sharp edges and corners giving you more precision control. The Variable speed of the Makita has a range of 690 – 1440 which is a bit higher than what the Porter Cable belt sander offers in this category. The high speed of the motor means you can get through a large chunk of wood really quick. It also helps to take out dry paint and smooth out wood before polishing it. The dust collection system of the Makita 9903 is one of the best in its class.
What’s left to say?
For a tool that has stirred up this much applause, the Makita 9903 is really quite silent at just about 85 decibels as compared to its competitors like the Porter Cable belt sander which is apparently too loud for comfort.
What more can you ask from a belt sander. The Makita 9903 has it all and does it all with ease and quiet. I give it the thumbs up and am sure you will like it too.