Makita 9903 Review

Executive Summary

The Makita 9903 is one of the quietest sanders in its class, yet still benefits from a reasonable shot of power from its 8.8 amp motor.

Suitable for use on both wood and metal, the 9903 has an ergonomic design and includes a fitted dust bag. This ensures you can work comfortably, whilst leaving your work area clean and safe as you go – no more onerous clear up at the end of a job!

The Makita 9903 features auto-tracking, meaning you won't have to be constantly readjusting the tracking belt as you work. It also offers a variable speed control dial, and the ability to sand flush to the wall.

While getting the latter right takes practice, these features ensure a professional standard, high quality finish, whatever your project.

The Makita 9903 can be used on wood and metal, and is ideal for stripping off paint or rust.


Who's It For?

Sometimes the Makita 9903 gets bogged down more often than most professionals would want. It can also be difficult to work out how to use the sander to ensure the promised flush finish.

Therefore, the 9903 is probably more a sander for the home-improvement enthusiast, or those involved in smaller jobs that still require a quality finish, such as furniture and cabinet making, and joinery.


The Makita is designed with home improvement and smaller-scale professional work in mind. Its ergonomic front grip makes it comfortable to use, while its powerful motor runs at just 85dB. With its fitted dust bag, the 9903 is ideal for those who enjoy their work, but hate the mess it can leave.


  • Tracking – the automated tracking is second to none. When you have a lot of work to do – sanding a floor, for example – you don't want to have to keep stopping to adjust your sander's belt. With the Makita 9903, you won't have to.

  • Quiet – whereas a lot of sanders tend to run at a high whine, the 9903 features relatively quiet operation. Not only does this spare your eardrums, it also means you can get on with your projects without complaints from other members of the household, neighbors, etc.

  • Ergonomic design – the Makita is more comfortable to use than many equivalent sanders, and brings the pleasure back to a hobby that can often take its toll.


  • Difficult to source accessories, which is another reason the Makita 9903 is best suited to amateur/hobbyist use.

  • The dust collection hose seems a poor fit for the dust bag, although this is easily remedied with some basic DIY knowledge.

  • It would be nice, especially considering the initial outlay, if this sander came in its own case.

Is It Worth The Money?

If you're looking for an easy to use, reasonably powerful sander for home improvement projects, DIY, or small professional furniture projects, then the Makita 9903 could be exactly what you're looking for. The automated tracking belt certainly gives you one less thing to worry about.


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