Makita debuts a cordless random orbit sander

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Makita 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.

Makita's new random orbit sander is part of the company's growing lineup of more than 50 cordless tools.

“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. www.makitatools.com

This article originally appeared in the May 2013 issue.

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