Makita has released a new 6-inch Random Orbit Sander, model BO6050J, with two mode switch for both sanding and polishing.

According to the company, the sander is a versatile solution for carpentry and fine woodworking, as well as auto and boat detailing.

"Users can shift from aggressive sanding and polishing to fine sanding and buffing by simply turning the dial," said Andrew Camp, product manager, residential construction, Makita. "Carpenters and woodworkers will appreciate the improved dust extraction and top wood sanding performance with up to 13,600 sanding strokes per minute. For automotive and boat detailers, the variable speed allows for an increased range of random orbits from 1,600 to 6,800 per minute to match the speed to the polishing application."

The BO6050J has an ergonomically-designed barrel grip and side handle for increased comfort, with a lock-on trigger switch and soft-start for smooth operation. Additional convenience features include "tool-less" backing pad change and a removable pad protector that protects the work surface and backing pad. It has an efficient through-the-pad dust collection system with built-in dust port and dust extraction channel attachment for use with a job site vacuum (sold separately).

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