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06-04-2010 05:33 AM

Well, I did very little in the shop today but my wife left a trail of destruction in her path. She sanded 25 doors today and began running the door lip bit.

I get home from the “real job”, excited to see the completed doors. Well, she tells me the drum sander broke. Actually the conveyor belt motor is giving out on it and will not pull the door through when pressure is placed on the door from the drums. So it looks like I need to buy a new conveyor belt motor.

Then she points at our Ridgid 6” ROS. She says “it is done”. Yep, it is burned out! Just a side note, we have a 5” Ridgid ROS, we have exchanged that 5” ROS 4 times, we are currently on the 5th 5” ROS. The only reason I have the Ridgid 6” ROS is because a friend bought it for just one job and did not need it anymore so I did him a favor and bought it after it was just used on one job and he gave me a nice discount off of the new price. I love both of my Ridgid TS but I hate Ridgid’s ROS. They simply suck!!! And, because of all of the problems we have had with the 5” ROS, we babied the 6” ROS and it got less then 1/2 the work I give the 5” ROS, and yet it still died on us.

I have to take some credit for the Conveyor belt motor going out on us though. I took a kitchen job that maybe we should have passed on but we needed the work. The lady only gave us until 6/12/2010 to complete the kitchen which I felt up to the task. Well, all the panels are raised and I needed to plane them down to 1/2” after glue up. They were 13/16”. My planer switch is broken and so I ordered a new 220 magnetic switch from Grizzly but I could not wait until I got it so I sort of used the sander to plane my panels to 1/2”. It took a while but the sander worked like a champ! Then today the conveyor motor quits on me.

So I do love woodworking, just wish there were no bad woodworking days, especially on days when I do not even get to get dusty.

Later, Jerry

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 05:43 AM

Wow a tough one Jerry usually my stuff breaks when I’m broke.

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 02:27 PM

Yep Jim,

We also happen to be broke ourselves. So I will wait to fix the Drum sander with the money from our next job and the Ridgid Sander 6” I am going to make contact with Ridgid because it is less then 6 months old. I think the conveyor motor cannot be more then 250 or300.00. I am also wondering if I might be able to put an after market conveyor motor on the drum sander. Mainly because if I get a replacement from Steel City I am afraid I might burn up the new one a year or two down the road if I were to ever use it hard again.

Thanks Jim for the response,


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#3 posted 06-04-2010 09:33 PM

Some days you get chicken; other days you get feathers. Know what you mean about broken things and being broke at the same time.

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 12:48 AM

I do not think Ridgid tools are meant for heavy duty use.

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 01:28 AM

Thanks for all the understanding woodworkers out there. Sometimes it is good to know we are not alone. On a good note, the converyor belt motor replacement is 190.00 total, I can get it locally here in San Antonio so no shipping charge. That is great news. The sander should be replaced free. So not too bad.

I do have some good news. I think it should be a separate post though so I will do a new post for my good news! But it you don’t see my new post, basically I just traded a fella a router for a shaper.

Happy woodworking!


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