The Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag is a mid-level sander engineered for professionals and home enthusiasts alike. Carpenters, wood workers, cabinet or furniture makers and other contractors looking for a fast and efficient removal solution will find a great match in the Makita 9903.This lightweight sander combines the robustness of a high-end machine and the price of a low-end machine.
This machine packs on 8.8 amps, which is about 2 to 3 times the power of other 3 x 24” sanders, and great speed variability of 690 sfpm to 1440 sfpm. To ensure speed consistency, the 9903 is equipped with an electronic load control. A variable speed control dial allows users to vary speed to application. A finely balanced and ergonomic tool, the Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag offers a front grip design with low center for more comfortable sanding.
The box is flat on the top and the right side, allowing users to sand flush right to the edges of a workspace.There’s an extended base for horizontal sanding using nose and side of sander. Putting smooth finish right to the most detailed jobs is quite easy.
The Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag weighs 9.5 ounces, which means you can sand more with less muscle work, and performs very quietly. There’s an auto tracking belt system that automatically tracks belt. Also included is a highly efficient dust collection system for maintaining cleanliness of work area. A lengthy 16.4-foot power cable allows easy maneuver around spaces. If preferred, one can also attach the optional sanding shoe for more depth control and precision.
Makita 9903 Features & Specifications
- 3” x 24” belt sander with solid built and powerful 8.8 motor
- Electronic speed control, auto belt tracking system, and dust bag
- Allows flush to wall sanding
- Variable speed control (690 sfpm – 1440 sfpm)
- Quietest sander in its class: offers 85 – decibal operation
- Front grip, low profile design
- Extra long power cord for better navigation
- Dust bag and dust collection system
- Optional sanding shoe included
- Weighs 9.9 pounds
- 1-year warranty
Makita 9903 Review
The highly efficient, well-built Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag has earned more raves than regrets in actual consumer reviews. Carpenters and woodworkers who have been looking for the best quality sander have found the answer in the Makita 9903.
Users have remarked that the sander is a pleasure to use. For one, the 9903′s auto belt tracking system works perfectly.One user shared that he had to spend about 5 minutes adjusting new belt; with the Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag, he didn’t have to go through this task at all.A versatile sander, you can use it horizontally or vertically.
Users find that the Makita 9903 is also great for occasional bench sanding as you can easily clamp it over to a bench and use a stationary sander.It works very quietly, eliminating the need for earmuffs. 16″ power cord eliminates the need for an extension cord when working on larger projects. Built is very solid; some users have shared that the tool continued to work well after dropping it accidentally.
No sander is perfect, but Makita has done well in keeping the 9903′s flaws to a minimum. The dust collector, for instance, can collect only up to 80% of the dust. One user wished the handle grip has more downward title to minimize torquing of wrist. Despite these flaws, the Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-24-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag sander has earned the highest recommendation from users.