Makita just announced their new 18V LXT cordless 5-inch random orbit sander. The new sander is said to run up to 40-minutes, and features three speed settings, ergonomic grip, and quick-change 8-hole hook-and-loop sanding pad.
Features and Specs:
- no-load speeds: 7,000/9,500/10,000 OPM
- 1/8″ orbit diamater
- “up to 20 minutes” runtime on high speed setting
- “up to 40 minutes” runtime on low speed setting
- 5-inch, 8-hole, hook-and-loop sanding pad
The new sander will be available as part of a kit (LXOB01) or as a separate tool-only add-on (LXOB01Z).
Just going by the specs and pricing, this is not going to be one of those tools that shakes up the industry. “Up to 20 minutes” of runtime at high speed is something we have come to expect with continuously-run tools. If you can manage with a corded tool, you’ll save a lot of money and frequent trips to the charger. At least Makita’s LXT batteries charge very quickly in their standard rapid charger.
The grip doesn’t look all that ergonomic compared to corded sanders, but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
What do you think – is “corded performance without the cord” worth a trip to the charger every 20-40 minutes?