The Makita BO 3710 is a finishing sander, and it being a Makita tells you a lot, as one of the most respected names in the power tool industry you know you’re going to get a lot of tool for your money. Apart from drills and jigsaws, they also make sanders of all different types, and this is one of the best. Its features make it a very competitive buy for anyone looking to get their hands on an orbital sander for both finishing and detail work.
The design of the BO 3710 is such that it reduces vibration, thus it’s a comfortable tool to work with. This is particularly important as prolonged vibration can lead to irritation and impaired performance. From the point of view of the tool itself standing up to vibration, the clamp at either end of the base makes it stable enough to withstand movement without causing parts to dislodge or misalign.
This sander utilizes an orbital mechanism and is fairly standard in its operation, but one way it excels and is able to perform better than the competition comes in the form of it’s user friendly/ergonomic design; the handle ensures comfort to the user and consequently gives you good control over the tool, and the centralized position of the dust extraction mechanism/dust bag means there is no bias between left and right handed users. This is unlike some sanders on the market that have their dust extraction port on one side, which could result in dust blowing straight out onto your forearm for instance.
Other user friendly features include a large clamping lever for quick an easy changing of sanding paper, and a large trigger switch to ensure smooth and easy operations, with the pressure spread over your first and second fingers.
The effective dust collecting system will save you the time that you’d otherwise spend cleaning up your post sanding mess, but with many tools this can be hit and miss at best, and downright detrimental at worst. Luckily the dust extraction system here comes with a lot of praise from users; the dust bag is zipped making it more efficient in holding and disposing of dust. Of course it’s worth being aware that you’ll never find a 100% perfect dust collection bag, by its very nature air blows right through the bag, so invariably some dust will always go with it.
The built in punch plate is a great cost saver which we were really impressed with. This enables you to use standard sheets of sandpaper and punch holes in them, instantly making them just as effective as the special heat and dust dispersing sanding sheets you require for an orbital sander – again, a big cost saving!
This Makita sander has a 190-watt motor which is bigger and more powerful than the motors of almost all other orbital sanders. It also comes with the aforementioned dust bag and punch plate, as well as abrasive paper and foam pads, so you’ll be well set up straight out of the box.
- Ergonomic design, well considered for every aspect of operation
- Superior motor power for the highest level orbital sanding (in other words, short of using a belt sander this is as good as it gets)
- Lightweight (1.5kg)
- Less noisy due to reduced vibration both for you and for the sander
- Fast changing of sanding paper, complete with sandpaper punch plate
- Solidly built, powerful yet small
- Not as powerful as a belt sander
- Some users have complained that the tool is still dusty despite the dust extraction mechanism and that it is hard to undo the zip if the dust bag gets full – so this shouldn’t be used for prolonged periods of time, and more importanly, it should be cleaned regularly
The Makita BO3710 sander represents the pinnacle of what an orbital sander can do. It’s certainly not cheap compared to other orbital sanders, but if you’re after something that’s built to last it’s the better choice every time. If you’re still not sure then consider the accessories that come with, these also give this sander the upper hand among its competitors. So again, if an orbital sander is what you’re after, you won’t find much better than this.>>> Click Here For Pricing & Reviews on Amazon <<<