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12-24-2011 02:45 PM

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Santa’s sleigh was over loaded and he dropped a sander off for me to use. Anyone have this unit and how do you handle dust collection?? Also is there a supplier for the replacement sanding drums and belts or is Ridgid the only option?

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 03:09 PM


I have this sander and enjoy it. I handle dust collection with a 4” to 2 1/4”’adapter that connects my 4” flex hose. I bought a few replacement drums at the HD at the time of purchase. I’d be interested if others found replacements elsewhere.


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#2 posted 12-24-2011 03:40 PM

I bought this unit because of the good report it received here on LJ. My GD got me a 10% discount from HD and I paid 180.00 for it. I just got it last weekend and haven’t got a chance to use it. I was using a Riobi borrowed from a friend to finish up some Christmas Gifts before I bought it. Looking forward to using it soon.

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 03:53 PM

Not sure but you might check here- for sanding sleeves. I get mine there but they are for a Bridgewood sander.

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 04:01 PM

What Lee said about the dust and I love mine! It is the claymore of sanders and should have printed in raised lettering, this side toward enemy. It is a great all-around answer to most of my vertical sanding needs. Before getting mine off ebay, I used to mount my 4×24 on its side and clamp it down to a discarded luaun closet door so I could fair outside curves. But now, I have a better answer and so do you. And I didn’t even mention the spindle sander… way cool too. Sanding sleeves are easy to find, nothing special.


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#5 posted 12-24-2011 04:10 PM

I’ve had mine for almost three years and it’s one of the handiest tools I have. I use a 2.5” shop vac hose to connect the sander’s dust port to a reduced 4” blast gate at my work bench. Does a great job.

Most of my sanding uses the belt sander attachment, and I’ve found that I need to remove it from time to time and clean the dust from inside, as well.

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 04:50 PM

I’d say I’ve had mine about 2 years. It may have even come the same way yours did 2 years ago. I’m not sure how I lived without it. I have yet to see a bad review.

My only complaint with this unit can easily be fixed by looking here.

I buy replacement belts where ever I happen to be or be ordering from. You can get the stuff everywhere.

Edit; for dust collection I just reduced my 4” line and connected it to my collection. I’m not sure what you currently have, but even plugging it into a vac should work. The built in collector works fine.

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 05:11 PM

I’ve had one for quite a while and use it a lot.

If you don’t have a full scale dust collection system, just plugging your shop vac hose into the dust port in back works great.

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 05:24 PM

I think I bought my belts from Klingspor, but my “tubes” from the Depot. Both work fine.

Yeah. I wish the dust collection was a BIT better, but … that really just speaks to how well the 4424 works, overall.

It’s a gem of a tool.

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#9 posted 12-24-2011 06:17 PM

I’m another very satisfied owner of the Ridgid Oscilating sander. I buy belts and drums from Klingspor

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#10 posted 12-24-2011 09:35 PM

Thanks to all for your comments, it sounds like I got the right one. I am looking forward to trying it out next week.


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#11 posted 12-24-2011 09:47 PM

Harbor Freight has spindle tubes as well as belts. So far , so good : )
The spindles come in assorted grits , but there is one size (too big) that doesn’t fit onto the Ridgid spindle.
The price is right though , so I use that extra tube on my drill press mounted sander.

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 10:16 PM

The sander uses any 4”x24” belts which is fairly common.
And here is a project that shows how to make your own spindle sander sleeves:

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 10:29 PM

I’ll second the folks that say these are excellent machines. It is a really handy tool to have around. I also have the sleeves from Home Depot. They are not too expensive and occassionally come on sale….last time I bought them it was during a 2 for one sale. I have read where there are alternative sources…but with them being inexpensive at HD I have not had to do that much research.

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#14 posted 12-25-2011 12:19 AM

Thanks SA for the link. I have left over Velcro from my hook and loop drum sander. I haven’t got it out of the box and looking at modifications already. Love it!!

I have a bench that I just use for sanding, routing, and breaking down plywood, what would you all think about mounting it at the end at the same level? I could use the bench as a continuation of the sanders table. I have an auto start/stop vacuum that I could use for dust collection. I love this forum!


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#15 posted 12-25-2011 01:37 AM

Mine has been a winner too. Not too happy with the 4” x 24” belts I have, but I’m gonna change brands.
Don’t forget the belt/drum cleaning stick. Those things work, and they last a long time. Sure helps the life of the belts and drums.


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