Makita debuts a cordless random orbit sander

makitaMakita expanded its lineup of 18-volt lithium-ion cordless tools with the new LXT 5” random orbit sander. It is offered in a kit version, model LXOB01, and as a stand-alone model LXOB01Z.

“With three speed settings, superior ergonomics and up to 40 minutes of run time on a single charge, the new LXOB01 delivers increased efficiency and mobility to woodworkers,” says product manager Joe Soto.

The three speed settings (7,000, 9,500, and 11,000 OPM) are easily changed with a one-touch electronic control switch. The large 1/8” random orbit action is engineered for efficient sanding, fast material removal and a swirl-free finish, according to Makita.

A pad brake reduces free spin, while a control system regulates pad speed at startup. The sander, which uses quick-change hook-and-loop abrasive paper, also offers a dust-sealed power switch and oversized sealed ball-bearing construction for longer life.

Additional features include an ergonomically-designed body and grip and an overall tool weight of just 3.6 lbs. with the battery installed.

Makita reports a 30-minute charge time with the supplied rapid charger.

The kit sells for $299 with two 18-volt batteries, charger, dust bag and a tool bag. The sander can be purchased separately for about $115.

Contact: Makita Tools. Tel: 800-462-5482.

This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue.