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Improved switch design, great dust collection

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Review by nwbusa posted 887 days ago 2722 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Update: I’ve owned this sander now for over a year, and it has gotten a lot of use. It’s been a great tool with no problems, so I’ll leave the five stars in place. The original review follows:

I haven’t had this sander long yet, so my 5 star rating is based on
design and recent performance. After I have used it for a longer
period of time, I’ll come back and update my rating if warranted.

I really want to comment on two aspects of the sander design. First,
the power switch. I’d read in some reviews that the design of the
switch could lead to inadvertent power ons/offs, and when I looked at
the display model at HD, I could see how this would be the case. I
bought it anyway, and was pleasantly surprised when I got it home and
unpacked to see that apparently, Ridgid has redesigned the switch on
newer models (which is the one I bought). The older models have an
orange switch that is not recessed into the body housing of the
sander. The newer versions have a dark gray switch that is well-recessed
into the housing, such that I can’t imagine being able to accidentally
hit it. In fact, they may have recessed the switch a little too well,
but all in all, it looks like a good design change.

Second, the dust collection. I was actually amazed at how well the
dust bag worked on this sander. In fact, it worked so well that I
wouldn’t even consider bothering to connect my shop vac to it. It
didn’t get all of the dust, but close enough not to quibble over, in
my opinion. I didn’t even feel compelled to wear a dust mask or
respirator when sanding my garage, and am very conscientious in using
PPE in my shop. I did, however, use hearing protection.

12 foot cord is a plus, too!

Overall, this sander performs well and if it holds up over time, then
I will be very satisfied.

-- John, BC, Canada




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nwbusa

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b2rtch

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#1 posted 887 days ago

I have the same sander for probably two years, It works great.
I use mine with my modified Rigid shop vac and Dust Deputy and it works great.

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The vac suction help keep the sanding disc cleaner and longer and, more important, my lungs dust free.

-- Bert

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Paul

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#2 posted 887 days ago

Mine works well also, I find the recessed switch kind of difficult to use, also the noise level is higher than with my other sanders but overall it works well and catches the dust very well.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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cutworm

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#3 posted 882 days ago

I like mine. When I hook it up to my shop vac there is nearly no dust. Mine has the recessed switch. No big deal to me. Ridgid makes great tools but they have problems with switch location. The switches on my router, sander and jig saw all take a little effort to operate but they all work really well. Thanks for the great review.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Paul Pomerleau

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#4 posted 853 days ago

I love this sander, it is my favorite in my shop and is always sitting on my workbench plugged in ready to go.
I bought it last June 2011 and sent in the paperwork for the LSA (Lifetime Service Agreement).
Last week I was working on my quilt rack shelf.
When I took the sander and touched the wood, it burned it (the wood).
I have 220 grit paper on it, and the disk was spinning so fast, that it would burn the wood when you touched it.
It just suddenly happened without warning.
I googled it and it said the brakes are gone.
I looked up the nearest Ridgid Service Center and brought it to them.
A couple of days later, I got a call that my sander was ready to pick up.
The disk is much stiffer now and works like new.
It didn’t cost me a penny and I was told that brakes wear out as does anything else.
I’m a bit disappointed that it didn’t last a year and I only make small wood projects.
However, at least with the LSA I don’t have to worry about it as it will be repaired fast and free.
It still remains my favorite tool in my shop.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Scott Oldre

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#5 posted 197 days ago

I have two of them, and am quite pleased with their performance. Haven’t owned any others, so can’t comment on preference, but these do a fantastic job and noise level if fine, and the finish they leave with 400 is awesome.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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