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 Post subject: Makita MT sander?
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Hi guys made a thread about mac allister tools but i just keep coming back to wanting makita and i found the makita MT which just seems like one of the more expensive sander with some stuff removed... anyone used one or have any experience?

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Wheich MT sander, though? AFAIK the Makita MT (red) series of tools are older designs which are being phased ouut or have already been phased out from the blue "trade" range. The reduced prices reflect the fact that these are not the latest designs, and that they are made in China - quite probably under sub-contract. They are not always 100% compatible with the original tools from which they derive. Examples include the M940 belt sander (derived from the original 9400 belt sander, made from the mid-1960s until at least the late 1990s), the MT921 1/2 sheet orbital sander, the MT190 power planer, the MT3601 plunge router (basivally a version of the current RP0900 router use by many tradesmen) and the MT125 random orbit sander as well as a few "blue" items (sold in other markets as "red" tools), e.g. the MLS100 mitre saw and the MLT100 table saw - neither directly copies of existing/former tools but rather lower cost, sometimes less powerful and heavier variants of existing kit, again made in China (sub-contract?). Because the MT range are not made in their own factories (I'm told) the fit and finish are generally somewhat lower, but they are robust pieces of kit and parts seem to be readily available. Often seem to be sold as low-cost "market leader" products (even Screwfix sold them for a while reebadged as their "Site" tool range). For that reason they may well be worth a punt. Just don't expect much by way of accessories, etc

BTW I've owned an MLS100 and a MLT100 - both a bit agricultural but otherwise fine - and I've used the M3601 router (in 115 volt - a personal import) and there was nowt wromng with it at all.

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Thanks for the reply- the one i found seems to be an argos exlusive because it isnt sold elsewhere and its more of an orange (no idea if that makes a difference)

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I doubt that they are an Argos exclusive. ust Google and you'll find other vendors such as Robert Dyas. They seemto come and go inthe UK aswell as other marets. As to orange, that's probaby just colour reproduction failure, although in Oz and NZ these tools are generally green

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They have what looks like the same tool for the same price at Screwfix.
http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-m9204-125mm-random-orbit-sander-240v/2824R?kpid=2824R&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%2520Listing%2520Ads-_-Sales%2520Tracking-_-sales%2520tracking%2520url&gclid=Cj0KEQjw0IvIBRDF0Yzq4qGE4IwBEiQATMQlMbvJdGQ3HenjBhXSiWa6Kup9XWAWGXt0Bo9tHcFhloAaAqCg8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKiYuIb4xtMCFQ0x0wodXDcCYg


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Chatting with a colleague in Oz yesterday on I learned that Maktec/MT-range products over there are indeed orange, whilst the identical MT-range stuff in NZ is green.

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Above: In red from South Afric
Below: A green Maktec router from Korea

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Above: and just to confuse things, also from South Africa, only this time in orange.....

I've owned in the past a Screwfix "Site" saw (rebadged MT) in bright red as well as having used regularly a Maktec 4in belt sander (also bright red) and on Friday one of the glaziers brought-in a 900watt router, 110 volt and also bright red which came from Argos...... So the OP could indeed be right about the colour being orange, or then again it might be red, or even green......

Just to whet your appetite, various older Makita tools have appeared in "Maktec" guise (depending on market) including:

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Above: Maktec MT111 from South Africa which some folk might remember as the Makita 1100 planer
Below: Maktec MT580 from India

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Above: Maktec MT230 from SA (again). I still have a blue version of this tool - sold in the UK as the Makita MLS100
Below: Maktec MT372G laminate trimmer from the USA

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I also had an interesting link to an article in an Ozzie trade journal about Maktec/MT (here) which explains the philosophy behind it - and why it's probably a better bet to buy a Maktec/MT tool than, say, a Parkside, Workzone or oter cheap Chinese knock-off DIY item. Enjoy!

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