Makita’s Brushless Drywall Sander with a long reach
Makita has added a new dryawall sander to its lithium-ion (LXT) range. The mobile sander features a 18v brushless motor which can produce a load speed of between 1,000 – 1,800 rpm. Speed control is via a variable speed control dial. Likewise, the tool features a constant speed control function to ensure the required speed is maintained under load. At only 5.7kg, this drywall sander is highly functional and can be used for prolonged periods without causing strain in hands or arms.
The machine features a flexible head for progressing work in hard-to-reach places. Similarly, the sander’s dust brush is fully removable, allowing the system’s easy glide roller wheels to achieve flush-to-wall edge sanding. Finally, the machine features a large two-finger trigger that’s easily accessible even when wearing protective hand gear.
To reach tall ceilings and walls, the drywall sander is fitted with a large telescopic pole. The standard pole is long enough to reach most walls, extending to 420mm. The pole can be set at various heights, allowing the user to match its length to best suit the task they’re working on. For those wanting to use the tool on ceilings, an extension handle set is available (item – 199937-7), which provides an additional 575mm to ultimately achieve an overall working reach of 2.1 metres. The extension handle is supplied with an accompanying support belt to more evenly distribute the tool’s weight around the user’s body.
The handle forms part of a collection of accessories specially designed to complement the drywall sander. Users will also be able to purchase 225mm abrasive discs in various grits, ranging from 40 to 320. Created with the trade in mind, each disc is sold in packs of 25 and are available through all reputable Makita stockists.
Products in this range are supported by the company’s innovative LXT battery technology. When compared to traditional batteries, LXT batteries support anytime charge, long-time storage and are shock absorbent. Designed with the trade in mind, the batteries provide superior charging times; a 5.0Ah battery can be fully charged in as little as 45 minutes with the DC18RC fast charger. What’s more, being battery-powered means the tools can be used freely, without having to connect to a mains power source.