Makita 9404 Review

Executive Summary

With a powerful 8.8AMP motor, the Makita 9404 can handle wood, metal, multiple layers of paint, and rust with ease. It runs quietly in comparison to other sanders, so won't cause problems with the neighbors, even if you live in an apartment.

With its 16ft cord, you probably won't even need an extension cable for most jobs, and will enjoy fantastic flexibility. The longer cord makes the 9404 ideal for sanding walls, as it is easier to bring up above head height.


Who Is It For?

While the 9404 is more aimed at the committed hobbyist or home-improvement enthusiast, but it has the power to be a good workhorse or back up for contractors and handymen, too. The Makita 9404 is a genuine all-purpose sander, and the 16ft cord makes it an attractive option for professionals.


Makita have a reputation for producing reliable, durable tools, and the 9404 is no exception. Designed to promote precision, control, and comfort, it delivers on all counts. It’s fast, powerful, works great and produces almost no noise.

Perhaps the best thing about the 9404 is the fact that, even though this is a professional machine, hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts can also use it without any issues. Also, the dust collection bag is great and almost no dust escapes it, so you don’t have to worry about making a mess while getting work done.

Makita 9404 detail


  • Long cord, offering greater flexibility.

  • Powerful 8.8-AMP motor

  • Can handle wood, metal, rust – almost anything, with ease

  • Great for hobbyists and professionals alike

  • Easy to use

  • The dust collection bag works very well


  • Can be awkward to use for freehand vertical sanding

  • Not for every budget

Value for Money

The Makita 9404 is a good investment for individuals doing a lot of carpentry, woodwork, or DIY, as well as those going into business as handymen or contractors.

Makita consistently prove the saying that “you get what you pay for”: their products might seem a little on the high side, price wise, but they more than pay for themselves in terms of durability and functionality.

The 9404 is the perfect example of this – it may cost more than most belt sanders on the market, but once you get your hands on it, you will know where that money went. Highly recommended.


The manual for this product is available on our manuals page.