A year ago, or so, someone wrote in Duckworks
about his experience with a Bosch GST 85 PE oscillating
saw, and his praise made me buy one for myself,
and it is a gem! Worth every penny!
Having a week's vacation we had planned to
go sailing with our Klepper XXL, but the weather
wasn't what we had expected so we did some housecleaning
and I fiddled with my leeboard:
A Makita BO3700
in the box
When the weather is too bad for sailing, or paddling,
you can do other things instead. I decided it was
time to improve my leeboard a bit!
Therefore I began by having a go at my old dented
leeboard with our old trusty Bosch oscillating sander
The machine quickly gave up - wouldn't get a firm
grip on the paper, so that it worked loose, again
and again. Tried putting extra strips of abrading
paper in the claw that failed, but that was a very
So the Bosch was for the scrap heap, what to get?
I wanted an old style one, as those with pointed
noses wasn't anything I needed, even if Black &
Decker had a nice one - deWalt's being clumsier, and
costlier. But the first shop didn't have any more
of that B&D sander we had looked at in the display,
so off to the next warehouse.
Here we again had problems finding the B&D model
we were interested in (nifty feature was the cyclone
filter attached to its rear end, taking care of most
of the dust). But being of unusual form the abrading
paper you needed ware packed five by five, with Velcro
backsides, and you can guess the price for sanding
an entire boat - not really to my liking.
|While waiting for
a clerk to help us I spotted a Makita BO3700,
complete with a little dust bag.
While waiting for a clerk to help us I spotted a
Makita BO3700, complete with a little dust bag. Nice
to hold and not too expensive - we had looked at Bosch
range, the Pro models being far out of bounds, and
the smaller Bosch seemed to hold the paper very tentatively,
or use Velcro, as the one mentioned before.
Naturally we couldn't find any under the display
case, while all other models seemed to be represented!
About then an attendant did show up, and he said it
might be somewhere else, locked away.
but as he spoke I saw two BO3700 boxes four meters
above our heads - so the attendant went looking for
a mobile lift.
We waited and waited, and eventually he came back
with a skylift-like truck and got one of the boxes
for us. Made me wonder what would happen if the shop
had even a little earthquake - tons and tons of machines
and spare parts would come tumbling down, that's beyond
At home I unpacked
the sander, which came with an eight language
instruction leaflet, one dust bag, and a safety
At home I unpacked the sander, which came with an
eight language instruction leaflet, one dust bag,
and a safety manual (really dumb instructions about
what not to do - I only missed a 'Don't use under
water!' from the rows of don'ts it included!).
The clips that holds the abrading paper in place
are very sturdy on the Makita, and that I really liked.
|The clips that holds
the abrading paper in place are very sturdy on
the Makita, and that I really liked.
In use, it was amazingly quiet, and much more efficient
than the old Bosch, even though it is only 180W!
If you don't find suitable holed abrading papers
it comes with a punch that does them for you! You
just attach the paper the normal way to the machine
and then set the sander in the punch and press down
- finished! Great!
It comes with
So, full points on most details, like effectiveness,
cost of use, build quality, design. The only negative
is that it had been very nice with some more dustbags!
One is just a few too few!
We paid about $110 in a Bauhaus warehouse in Sweden
Tord S Eriksson,
Owner and moderator of Bagboater