I achieved a flawless, swirl-free finish with the Makita BO5041 random orbit sander

The Makita BO5041 random orbit sander promises a superior and faster sanding experience, but does it have the grit to make the grade? I put it to the test with hands-on DIY tasks

An orbital sander on a half sanded windowsill
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Homebuilding Verdict

The Makita BO5041 Random Orbit Sander impresses with its powerful performance, versatility in sanding a range of surfaces, and its user-friendly features – making it a top choice for both DIYers and professionals.


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    Superior sanding performance

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    Variable speed dial and lock-on button

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    Easy to handle


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    Some users may prefer a cordless sander

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    Relatively short power cable (2 metres)

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The Makita BO5041 Random Orbit Sander is a mains-powered orbital sander, suitable for craftspeople and tradespeople alike. As an avid DIYer, sanding is a common task in my home renovation projects – so I was eager to test this model from the famous Japanese toolmaker. 

The BO5041 claims to be more powerful and faster than many of its competitors, and promises to provide a smoother finish. All of this sounds good on paper – but did this random orbit sander have the grit to make the grade? 

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen.