22 Jun Turners, Restorers and Flooring Pros May Like Makita’s New Polisher-Sanders
Designed for automotive body shops, a couple of new sanders from Makita may also appeal to bowl turners and hardwood flooring installers, among other woodworkers. Bowl turners who have been using a standard drill to spin small discs might appreciate having a dedicated tool that can handle the workload better. There’s the 18 Volt XVP01ZB (tool only) which is also offered as a kit (XVP01R1B), and the 12 Volt VP01Z (which is named VP01R1 as a kit).
The 12 Volt model is a brushless 3″ polisher and 2″ sander. It’s equipped with a 3” polishing backer plate and a 2” sanding plate. As a kit, it includes a 2.0Ah battery, a charger, a carry bag and a 5-piece abrasive accessory set. The tool has an auxiliary second handle that can be attached on either side for more control, or not at all. That handle is angled away from the work surface, preventing unwanted contact. There’s a variable speed trigger with power lock-on, and the 2-speed design is 0-2800 RPM in polish mode and 0-9500 RPM in sanding mode. The brushless motor lets the tool run cooler and more efficiently. A rubberized gear housing helps protect delicate surfaces, and wire mesh air vent intake covers help prevent pad fibers from entering the motor. There’s anti-restart protection that is engineered to prevent motor start up when the battery is inserted with the power switch in the locked-on position. The tool has a compact and ergonomic design at only 5″ long, and it weighs only 2.4 lbs. with the battery installed. A spindle lock button allows for easy wheel changes and the battery has an integrated L.E.D. charge level indicator. This tool is part of Makita’s 12V max CXT® series, and is not compatible with 12V max pod-style tools, batteries and chargers. There’s a 3-year limited warranty on the tool, battery and charger. The kit includes two 3″ hook and loop foam polishing pads and a short-haired wool cutting pad, plus the 2” sanding pad and an adapter.
The 18 Volt kit also comes with a 2.0Ah battery, a charger, a carry bag and a 5-piece abrasive accessory set.