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Makita BO5031K Random Orbit Sander Review
A great All-Rounder
by Lorenz Prem on 09-22-2014 6:39 am

The BO5031K random orbit sander is a favoriteamong users on the internet. It seems to perform well for justabout everyone. I really liked its bigger brother, the BO5041K,when I reviewed it in my workshop. Let's take a look if the BO5031Kis the great all-rounder it is said to be, or if the voices on theinternet got this one wrong like they so often do.

The Makita BO5031K Random Orbit Sander

The BO5031K is a general purpose 5" random orbit sander fromMakita. Its 3 amp motor and 22,000 rpm top speed compa

Makita RT0701 Trim Router Review
A performer with a minor flaw
by Lorenz Prem on 05-11-2014 6:24 pm

My router collection grew this week with theaddition of the Makita RT0701 trim router. It was on my shortlistof challengers for the title of best trim router. Let's take a lookat what qualities lifted the RT0701 into the ranks of the best trimrouters on the market.

The Makita RT0701 Trim Router

The RT0701 is a trim router from Makita. The basic kit includesa motor unit and fixed base. Additional base options andaccessories are available separately or as part of one of the moreexpensive kits.

Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner Review
Great almost all the way around
by Lorenz Prem on 04-20-2014 1:54 am

Makita's PJ7000 is Japan's entry in our seriesof plate joiner reviews. Besides being turquoise the PJ7000 lookslike the other competitors so far. Let's take a closer look andfigure out what the PJ7000 is all about.

The Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner

The PJ7000 is a traditional plate joiner from Makita. It wasdesigned to cut biscuits slots at an industrial pace in cabinetshops and other high-throughput environments. The PJ7000 followsthe traditional design of marrying the motor housing and gearbox ofa grinder with a

Makita BO5041K Random Orbit Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 12-22-2013 2:54 pm

The Makita BO5041K caught my eye the instant Isaw it. It looks like a compact random orbit sander with a coupleof handles glued on. Since a lot of the work I do in my woodshopinvolves hours of sanding, I ordered a BO5041K for a test driver.Let's take a look at this novel design and find out if it makes theBO5041K a better compact sander.

The Makita BO5041K

The BO5041K is the top of the line 5 inch random orbit sanderfrom Makita. It blurs the line between the compact design meant tobe held from above, and the slender b

Makita FD02W Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-19-2013 6:58 pm

The Makita FD02W drill/driver found its way intoour shop as part of a larger kit. The specs place it far behind theleaders in the category and limit any attention it might get fromreviewers and customers alike. That does not mean, however, thatthe FD02W is a poor power tool. Let's take a look at the MakitaFD02W and find out how well it performs in the Hingmy workshop.

The Makita FD02W Drill/Driver

The FD02W follows Makita's alternate black&white colorscheme. The hard plastic white shell of the drill is coveredwith

Makita DT01W Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-06-2013 12:25 pm

Working our way through all 12V drivers in themarket, we arrived at the Makita DT01 cordless driver. A very goodlooking tool, the DT01 wants to be a general purpose driver. Nevertaking numbers at face value we put the DT01 through its paces.Let's take a look at how the Makita DT01 performed in the ourin-depth review.

The Makita DT01 Driver

The DT01 is a small 12V cordless driver from Makita. It isintended to be a general purpose medium duty driver. Its small sizemakes it the ideal tool for installers, cabinet builders

Makita SH01 Cordless Circular Saw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-06-2013 8:22 am

A small circular saw is one of the most usefultools nobody owns. It can make straight cuts in tight places;something we all use our jig saws for. When I had a change to getthe Makita SH01 cordless circular saw into the shop as part of akit, I had to jump on the chance. Let's take a look at what theSH01 can do, and if its cut is as true as that of a full-sizesaw.

The Makita SH01 Circular Saw

The SH01 circular saw is Makita's smallest cordless circularsaw. Powered by a 12V battery the saw was engineered for maximumagil

Makita BO3710 Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 04-02-2013 12:25 am

In our quest for the best palm sander a verypromising contender found its way into our shop. Most people wouldthink the larger footprint of the Makita BO3710 is its moststriking attribute. What's more promising is the beefy, all-metalbase plate the sander sits on. It gives the BO3710 the foundationnecessary to challenge for the top spot in the sander category.Let's take a look if the BO3710 indeed outperform them all.

The Makita BO3710 Palm Sander

The Makita BO3710 is a 1/3 sheet sander. As such it is largerthan most

Makita BO4556K Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 02-27-2013 1:42 pm

Working our way through the lineup of 1/4 sheetpalm sander Makita's offering has found its way into our shop. TheBO4556 made a great first impression when it arrived in a ruggedand stylish looking carrying case. The sander concealed within,however, was very pedestrian looking. Knowing that looks can bedeceiving, we put the BO 4556 through its paces. Let's see if thetool was able to impress, or sink to the level of mediocrity thatis so common with palm sanders.

The Makita BO4556 Palm Sander

The Makita Bo 4556 follows t

Makita LXFD01CW Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 12-11-2012 2:11 am

Makita's compact line has been a favorite amongcarpenters ever since it was created. The tools in this line aresmaller, more compact versions of the regular lineup(R5FZQ43AN86S). The LXFD01CW is the entry level drill/driver inthis lineup. It has been designed to make the best compromisebetween performance and size . Let's take a look what it can do inthe workshop.

The LXFD01CW Drill/Driver

The LXFD01CW is one of the power drill options in Makita's 18Vtool lineup. Being a compact tool, the drill is smaller than theful

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Recent Reviews
"Drill/driver OK, reciprocating and circular saws are junk. No torque, circular saw won't cut thru a 2x4, reciprocating won't cut a 4x4 without bogging."
"Indeed, this one is the best 12V driver. Get it. You will not be disappointed."
"I use this one for heavy work. It can do it all. None better."
"Love this Router"
"Great driver with only minor issues. App is limited. The last gen is almost as good, yet a lot cheaper."
"This saw replaced a Delta Unisaw in my shop. It's rock solid, powerful, and well made. Fence rivals Biesemeyer or Unifence. Worth the price, IMHO."
"Excellent performance but tough to use at high speed with soft wood, tends to drive too deep before impact kicks in."
"This is my only true drill. The key-less chuck works flawlessly as does the power/speed switch which is handy for drilling various density material."
"A quality sander that performs well day in and day out. Not the best dust bag, that's minor for me. Fits well in my hand and no fatigue with prolonged use."
"A good option for those looking for their first saw, or those looking to upgrade from a "portable" job site saw. Buy a decent blade and you'll be happy."