Makita BO5030 Review 

By  Enda McLarnon

My Review of the Makita BO5030 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander


This model is no longer available in most online stores. You may still be able to get one of these as either a second hand or used model.

Why not check out our top 10 list of random orbital sanders by clicking here

The Makita BO5030 costs around $65-70 and is a great little orbital sander. Many people buy this one for two main reasons. The brand is well known for producing high quality products, and at this price, it is affordable for most people wanting to buy a good sander.

With really high ratings of 4.7 out of 5 stars, given to it by buyers, you also have the knowledge that this is a top quality sander. These ratings are taken from the average scores left by real life buyers, and as such, can be replied upon to be accurate, and useful.

Review Summary

Product Name:

Makita BO5030 5-Inch 

Product Type:

Random Orbital Sander

Average Retail Price:



A great value for money random orbital sander from a very good brand. This 5" sander is very versatile and is vert fast and efficient.

Key Features of the Makita BO5030 Model

  • Has a 3 ampere motor and spins at 12,000 orbits per minute - that means fast and smooth sanding
  • Comfort Rubber Grip - the rubber grip makes this easier on the hands sin terms of reducing vibration
  • Speed Control - Starting up is always the important time for a sander and this one has a slow start which is very useful indeed
  • Uses the Hook & Loop system - this is a popular system for quickly changing paper - this one uses 8-hole sandpaper or grit sheets
  • When ordering order with the case you pay an extra $8-10

Who Would Buy This Makita BO5030 5-Inch Sander ?

If you are someone looking for a good all round random orbital sander, then this would be an excellent choice. purchase. This one works really well across the whole range of both sanding and polishing tasks. It can remove stock quickly and can also be used for those finer finishes.


Main Review

In our opinion for the money this one is the best sanders available right now. There are better sanders available as you can see from our top 10 list, but that said, they all cost a great deal more. So at this price point this is a wonderful tool.

Makita are just a very good brand with a great customer service and when you need parts you can get them without any problems whatsoever. If you like quality then you will like Makita for sure. 


Now with most sanders there is of course the risk of the paper coming off. Just be aware of that and when that happens, stop the sander right away, otherwise it will badly mark the surface below.

That will not happen that often with this one as the hook and loop attachment works pretty well. It can happen when using any sander, not just this one.

Best in Class

When sanders are important to you and you need them for work, then we think Makita produce some of the best quality models on the market. The B05030 is currently the best one in class on the market right now.

“This is a powerful sander, with low vibration and that makes it easy on the hands.”

Makita BO5030 -  SUMMARY & VERDICT

Many of the buyers used this one on a daily basis and have had no complaints about it. There are of course cheaper versions on the market, and also more expensive ones, but for a good all round general purpose woodworker, this one performs very well.

Below you will find a very good video review of this product.


The Good Stuff:
  • Lots of very satisfied buyers
  • Good and effective 5" sander
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Exceptional value for money
The Bad Stuff:
  • Difficult to find any complaints
  • A couple of buyers though the mechanism to connect it to a vacuum was poor

Makita tools generally are classed at the higher end in terms of quality. This sander is no exception and we would highly recommend it to anyone, looking for a general purpose sanding tool.

If you would like to see our full top 10 list of random orbital sanders, then please click here.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun

Enda McLarnon

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