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Posted on Cordless RO Sander- Ryobi issues- Need Council

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 03:09 PM

Congratulations on having the courage and ability to make the leap to earning money from your hobby. Respectfully, i think your trying to run a pro business with a hobbyist mentality using a cordless sander does not make any sense. I’ve had several Ryobi tools and some run better than others, but over the years I’ve replaced them with better tools and given the Ryobis away. I think I still have a big corded hammer drill in a box in the shop somewhere.
EVERY SINGLE wood project you do will require sanding, and it’s a mindless task that while not fun is necessary. I would suggest you look to invest in a dust collector and then run a hose drop over your assembly table along with a cord reel, so that you can easily circle the project with cords and tools.
Time and costs will be the two things that will be the biggest factors to determine profitability, “re-buying” tools, replacing batteries, and using small sanders for big projects will eat up your profits. I’ve got several sanders that all do a particular task quickly and well, all vibrate with the more expensive better built ones having less. My top user for 5” RO is a dewalt, that i’ll wear leather palm padded gloves for extended sanding. I try not to have hours of sanding and reduce much sanding with card scrapers and planes.

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