Makita has been on a roll, having recently introduced 18-volt cordless versions of tools previously available only with cords: a sliding compound miter saw, a power planer, and now the LXOB01 random orbit sander. When I first heard about this sander, I couldn’t help wondering: Why? The cordless sanders I’d seen before were aimed at the DIY market, and it simply hadn’t occurred to me that a company would make one for pros.PerformanceThough I’ve had the LXOB01 for only a few weeks, I’ve used it enough to say that it works surprisingly well. It’s slightly slower and about a half-pound...

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