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Makita 5010 will not work in random orbital mode

I have a Makita 5010 5'' random orbital sander that has been working fine until this morning. It now rotates at a high speed only but will not go into a random orbit mode as before. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Rick Cabot

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  • rmcabot Jan 13, 2009

    Thanks for your help. The sander is working just fine again.

    Regards Rick Cabot

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It sounds like the bearing in thee bottom plate is seizing. If you turn the pad by hand does the motor turn. It should be smooth. I would look at that. The bearing number for Makita is 211236-8 or if you can get a generic bearing it is 6002DDW. Let me know

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