Makita has finally launched an 18V cordless 1/4 sheet finish sander, model DBO480 (intl).
The new Makita cordless finish sander has a similar design and geometry to their 18V XOB01 random orbit sander, which launched 10 years ago in October 2012.
The new 1/4 sheet sander features a 1.5mm orbit diameter (just under 1/16″).
There are two speed options – 11,000 and 14,000 orbits per minute.
- Works with 1/4 sheet sandpaper (4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)
- Sanding pad measures 112 x 102mm (~4.4″ x 4″)
- 1.5mm orbit diameter
- 11K/14K OPM
- 22K/28K SPM (sanding strokes per minute)
- Weighs 1.1 kg (~2.43 lbs) tool-only
- Weighs 1.7 kg (~3.75lbs) with battery
- Includes dust box
- Includes square and triangular sanding pads
Makita product flyers say that their engineers redesigned the balancer to reduce tool vibration down to 2.9 m/s^2.
The brand also says that the new sander can deliver higher work efficiency than the AC equivalent in rough finish sanding applications.
It ships with two sanding plates, the dust box with paper dust bag, an abrasives sample pack, and 1/4 sheet punch plate.
The sander appears to be built with a brushed motor, with the same being true for the new Milwaukee M18 cordless finish sander. Dewalt’s 1/4 sheet cordless finish sander has a brushless motor.
Users familiar with Makita’s 18V random orbit sander should feel right at home with the ergonomics of the new sander.
The Makita DBO480 sander is now available in Europe, Australia, and other markets. USA availability has not yet been announced or confirmed.
If you can’t wait, you can buy it from Amazon Germany for ~$128 including shipping* for the tool-only (DBO480Z), at the time of this posting.
There is also the DBO481 and DBO482, which seem to differ from the DBO480 in slight ways (the online manual shows differences in the plate).
* Approximate price is accurate using exchange rates at the time of this posting, international transaction fees might also apply.
I have had great experiences ordering bare cordless power tools from global Amazon stores, but there’s always the risk of a hassle when it comes to returns. Also, don’t count on being able to get global models warrantied or repaired in the USA.
I can’t guarantee the DBO480 is perfectly-suited for USA market. If anyone can shed light on whether it will work perfectly here, or how it differs from DBO481 and DBO482 models, please chime in!