When we heard Makita was putting out a cordless orbital sander we quickly wondered if they had gone off their Rockler… get it? Rockler… OK, nevermind the pun… The bottom line is that it’s really hard to imagine a sanding tool lasting long enough for extended use in the workshop. After all, when 12V oscillating multi-tools first started hitting the streets, users were getting a scant 8-10 minutes of use out of the tools. But Makita apparently didn’t get the memo, and so its engineers went to work on the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5″ Random Orbit Sander (model LXOB01). And guess what? They got 40 minutes of run-time out of it. We confirmed this with our Makita LXOB01 18V Cordless Orbital Sander review that took it even further.
Makita LXOB01 18V Cordless 5-inch Random Orbit Sander Features
The tool is impressive – even above the run-time claims. The LXOB01 has three speed settings, (7,000/9,500/11,000 OPM) that are easily controlled with a membrane-style switch that won’t get gummed up with dust. But look at the battery and where Makita placed it – it’s right behind the head, which places the weight almost straight down onto the workpiece where it belongs. It’s a great design.
The tool has a 1/8″ random orbit action to provide for efficient sanding, with fast material removal and a “swirl-free” finish. The tool also has a pad brake and a control system regulates pad speed at start-up. Makita claims that the LXOB01 will run for up to 40 minutes in Low speed and up to 20 minutes on High speed – all on a single 18V Li-ion battery charge. Of course, use a new Makita 4.0Ah battery and you’ll get even further.
Speed and control functions aside, the Makita LXOB01 orbital sander looks to be comfortable to use – an observation fueled by the observation of an ergonomically-designed body and grip and the fact that the tool only weighs about 3.6 lbs. (with the battery). Makita opted for a standard “through-the-pad” 8-hole dust collection system. The pads are hook and loop 5″ which make the Makita LXOB01 easy to change and compatible with many off-the-shelf abrasive and sanding products.
The LXOB01 uses and comes with, Makita’s Rapid Optimum Charger, which will charge one of the included 18V LXT batteries in just 30 minutes. Between the quick charging, the fact that this product comes with two batteries, and the 20/40 minute run-time, the new LXOB01 seems truly ideal for carpenters, cabinet makers, furniture builders, refinishers, boat builders, auto detailers, and general contractors seeking a cordless random orbit sander.
Makita LXOB01 Specifications
|Description||18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless|
5″ Random Orbit Sander Kit
|18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless|
5″ Random Orbit Sander(tool only)
|Abrasive Disc Size:||5″||5″|
|No load speed:||7,000/9,500/11,000 OPM||7,000/9,500/11,000 OPM|
|Battery||18V LXT Lithium-Ion||18V LXT Lithium-Ion|
|Net Weight||3.6 lbs.(w/battery)||3.6 lbs. (w/battery)|
|Includes||Tool, 2 x 18V LXT Li-Ion|
Rapid Optimum Charger,
About the only thing that could make this tool more compelling is the fact that Makita sells it with a 3-Year warranty covering repairs due to defective materials or workmanship. The batteries and charger have a 1-year warranty.