|Product Name:||Makita 9403 11 Amp 4-Inch-by-24-Inch Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag|
|Features:||Quietest belt sander in its class: only 84 decibals,4-inch-wide belt with a speed of 1,640 feet per minute for fast material removal,Labyrinth construction seals motor and bearings from contamination,Large front grip is positioned for operator comfort|
Makita 9403 Belt Sander Review
FEATURES Of Makita 9403
The Makita 9403 is known for its low noise levels. This is very handy feature especially when your workshop is located within an office building. Its noise level is only 85 decibels which is quite suitable for all work operation.
At 13 pounds the Makita 9403 qualify to be classified as a heavy-duty belt sander. With this amount of weight the Makita 9403 is able to penetrate through a hardwood floor or even grinding at tighter angles. For this kind of weight you can work for many hours with this machine. The Makita 9403 is used in its horizontal position considering the fact that it’s a heavy weight belt sander.
Makita band was really committed to design the 9403 for heavy duty work. Apart from the powerful motor the 9403 has some unique seals in motor compartment that are engineered to avoid dust infiltration. As the belt is moving it produces some fine dust particles, which can end up infiltrating the electric motor rendering the entire machine useless. The seals make the Makita 9403 a tireless machine this means that it can do an enormous amount of work without suffering. With the seals the 9403 can never slow down.
The ceramic platens that Makita 9403 uses are replaceable and this is a very unique amazing feature. Most sanders use steel to reduce the rate of wear and tear on the platen. One advantage about ceramic is that it does not heat up as fast as metals. Ceramic maintains its shape for long and does not extend wear to the belt.
Although ceramic will crack eventually it is replaceable.
FUNCTIONALITY AND PERFORMANCE
On the front of the Makita 9403 is a pistol grip handle with a trigger operation switch. The pistol grip handle has the squeeze the trigger mechanism. It is very comfortable to handle the pistol grip and also you can rest your peaceful on the front grip. It has a tilted angle meaning that the user can apply light bodyweight onto the machine, so that he/she can apply some pressure to the woodwork and as well as reducing his own fatigue.
The Makita 9403 has a powerful belt sander motor. With 11 amps motor the 9403 is among the biggest belt sander. What 11 amps means in terms of speed is that it can do 1640 square feet per minute. With this kind of power it can chew through hardwood in a splash.
The 9403 is a variable speed belt sander meaning that it allows the user to control the power being generated by the motor.
The Makita 9403 has 4″x24″ belt which is huge enough to allowing it to remove 0.75 square feet of material at a time. This mathematics counts when a massive amount of sanding to be done.
In the 9403 flush sanding is possible since it has a nose. Its nose is not exposed enough to enable contour sanding but it is equally satisfying.
The 9403 has an auto tracking belt system which works all the time but to be on the safe side you can regularly check if the belt is in line.
You should also wear a dust mask. The Makita 9403 has dust collection system. In order for dust collection system to work a small exhaust fan is fitted that helps in directing sawdust formed underneath the sander up to the cloth collection bag located on the rear of the sander.
The dust collector is made of a clothing material hence it faces the some limitation in that some fine dust particles penetrates through the cloth. For this reason you should always wear a dust mask.
Note that the dust collection bag in the 9403 can move up to a rotation angle of 360 degrees to enable it to get into tight spaces.
I believe I have highlighted all design features as well we have taken a look on the massive performances of 9403. Makita as a brand has directed all its energy and resources in quality assurance. The Makita 9403 has demonstrated the creativity of the brand. The 9403 as a machine is a beast many professional carpenters and woodworkers are willing to spend their money on. The 9403 is a top notch and classic design belt sander. I assure you will be making a wise choice when you select and buy this machine for your next sanding project.