Model # R25011

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RIDGID 2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander with AIRGUARD Technology


2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander with AIRGUARD Technology

$44.98 /each

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Product Overview

The RIDGID 1/4 Sheet Sander features a powerful 2.4 Amp and easy-load system to quickly clamp paper tightly and securely. For added convenience, the onboard vacuum adaptor fits standard 1-1/4 in. or 2-1/2 in. hoses. And, for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment, the AIRGUARD on-board active dust collection system collects up to 90% of dust.

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  • Includes 1-R2501 sander, three sheets of sandpaper (120, 180, 220 grit) one paper punch, one heavy duty contractor bag, one dust bag and one operator’s manual
  • Permanent magnet motor that maintains constant speed and power under load
  • Through-body sealed slide switch for reliability and ease of use
  • Quick-release dust bag for quick and effortless bag removal
  • Hex grip micro texture for a secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Front paper clamp
  • Lifetime service agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase (begins after the warranty period expires)
  • Hex grip micro texture - enhanced micro texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
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Name 2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander with AIRGUARD Technology 2.3 Amp 1/4 Sheet Orbital Finishing Sander 3 Amp 1/4 Sheet Corded Palm Sander 2 Amp Corded 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander
Brand RIDGID DEWALT Milwaukee Makita
Ratings (226) (23) (45) (52)
Cordless/ Corded Corded Corded Corded Corded
Power Tool Features Bag Included,Case Included,Lock On Switch,No Tool Disc/Pad Change Bag Included,No Tool Disc/Pad Change Bag Included,Lock On Switch No Additional Features
Dust collection type Bag Bag Bag Bag
Reconditioned No No No No
Speed (rpm) 14000 14000 14000 14000
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Customer Questions & Answers

How can I get replacement sanding pad?

The pad that the sandpaper attaches to has worn out
Asked by: Anonymous
Call Rigid Customer Service: 866-539-1710.
Answered by: Max
Date published: 2016-02-05

how do I activate the airguard system (my room is full of dust from the drywall I am sanding)

Asked by: ranger28
There is no activation. It's just part of the unit. I'm pretty sure your problem is drywall dust, period. It is so fine that it drifts like smoke and clogs filters quickly- at which time the dust goes everywhere. It can also clog up your motor. I strongly recommend that you hook up a shop vac to it- but if it's the bag type, it will clog too. If you look at professional drywall sanding units, they have a built-in vacuum system. Also, what are you using for sandpaper? I use 80-120 grit drywall sanding screens for rough sanding. But last thing, consider using a different method altogether. Many forums on drywall finishing recommend against power sanders.
Answered by: CSpencer
Date published: 2017-02-05

Sandpaper retention clip issue, power switch placement issue.

Many of the reviews cite failure of the front sandpaper clip. They state that the clip is plastic, not durable, and that it wears out promptly if replaced. Another negative comment about the poor placement of the on/off switch also concerns me. I do not want a tool that has inherent design problems, or to pay to repair a tool that has a lifetime service agreement. I'm looking to buy a long-lasting, problem free tool, but am wary because of these negative reviews. Has Ridgid solved these problems? I had a Rockwell (Porter Cable) power block for decades before my garage/shop burned, and it never had any problem with paper retention, or with the placement of the power switch. That product is still available, but it is double the cost, and it does not have dust collection.
Asked by: Oakman
The people that use this sander and have a problem having the paper come off are using the sander incorrectly. Use the sander for what it was made for, and there are no design flaws. Use the right grit sandpaper for the job don't bear down on the tool let it do the work and use the sander going in the right direction. Yes thats right the right direction!
Answered by: eminence1963
Date published: 2016-12-07

1/4" pad sander

how to get service on sander it is registered with ridgid
Asked by: guardduck25 866-322-9842 Mon-Fri 7am - 1am EST Sat-Sun 7am - 11pm EST
Answered by: FLMIDM
Date published: 2017-02-01
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Customer Reviews

2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander with AIRGUARD Technology is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 225.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sander was easy to hold and load sandpaper into the sander. Sander was easy to hold and load sandpaper into the sander.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The 'clip' on the front to hold the sand paper sheet barely holds the sheet. This renders the wh... The 'clip' on the front to hold the sand paper sheet barely holds the sheet. This renders the whole unit worthless. I bout this about 3 years ago and barely used it until this summer. I had several projects this summer (that I bought a different sander to complete) and tied repeatedly to get this to work. Putting a couple strips of masking tape on the back side of the sandpaper where it goes into the front retainer helps, but doesn't prevent the paper from coming loose. Putting two sheets of paper on also helps, but doesn't prevent the paper from coming loose. Spare yourself the pain of trying to make this work, followed by the pain of buying a different sander when you fail to make this unit work.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its a palm sander what more do you want reviews state it wont hold paper....... I had no problems... Its a palm sander what more do you want reviews state it wont hold paper....... I had no problems. Dust collection is outstanding when working with wood even with the bag only. Great palm sander. For those that have a problem have the sandpaper staying attached, use the sander correctly and you wont have that problem.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sander - if you make your own Custom Sheets I see a lot of complaints about the clamps that hold the sandpaper. My clamps are very strong and they work great. I like the design. The problem is a standard 1/4 sheet is only 5.5 inches long. Therefore the paper is barely long enough to get the paper under the clamp, leaving you about 1/4 inch to divide on each side. It is very, very frustrating to try and divide about 1/4" (1/8" on each side) to allow at least some paper under the clamp. I resolved this problem by cutting my own sheets 4.5 x 6 inches. I even like to make it 6.25 inches which gives you plenty of length. DUST: You can punch holes by using the paper punch template included or a standard paper puncher which allows more dust to pull through to the dust collector bag. You can also connect a vacuum hose to the sander by removing the bag. This is a strong work horse with a frustrating paper (clamp) issue. Make these adjustments and you have a great tool I wore out my runner pad, but easily ordered three replacements to have on hand. If Ridgid make a longer sheet for this sander I would sure like to know where to get them.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from took it out of the box and started sanding right away. it worked fine and took the wood down fast... took it out of the box and started sanding right away. it worked fine and took the wood down fast good sander
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sander Perfect size for small projects and gets the job done.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My opinion on the front clip problem Tonight I was using my sander and i couldn't help but think how great it was (at first). The paper is easy to change, it came with a case, and IT DOES COME WITH A HOLE PUNCH! Then i started having the front of the papers pop out of the sander. At first i thought it was fluke but then it started happening all the time even with new sheets. I went online and googled the problem and came to the review at this site. Yes the reviews are correct you will eventually start to have this problem with the product. I have had my sander a while and some people say 10 hours before the problem starts to happen. I can't say if it is 10 hours but it will start to happen. I am sorry rigid, for that reason, this is a product defect. Read on to find out the cause.... I couldn't understand why a product would work fine for so long and then just start letting the front of the paper go. There had to be a reason, and, here is what i think it is.... 1. IF you pull the front clip open as far as it can go you will see that where the clip contacts the paper it looks rough and maybe white and hazy. From repeated use the soft plastic clip starts to get very rough which leads to point 2. 2. I notice (IMO) than when the front clip is worn and rough it actually pushes the paper away from the clip when it tries to clamp down. This little push causes the paper to move forward and the clip does not have as big a "bite" on the paper any longer. It is the rough edge of the clip pushing the rough side of the paper forward. When the clip is newer it slides over the top of the paper. Perhaps the spring is a little stronger but read on to see a work around. Read point 3 for THE band aid FIX! 3. Yes i have sort of a fix for this, that is until i get this sander in for service. Given that the clip used to be smooth and the sandpaper rough i needed to find a way to make it that again. What i did (more to test my theory) was to take a some black shinny glossy duct tape and cut a strip about 1/2 inch wide. I then taped over the tip of the sand paper with the tape on both the front and back of the sand paper (folding it over at the end). You only need to do this on the front of the paper. Now 2 things seem to help in doing this. a.) The paper is a bit thicker perhaps addressing a weakened spring and b.) the clip now making contact with the smooth shinny tape slides on the paper and does not cause it to push the paper forward any longer. I have used this workaround on at least 8 quarters of paper and it has not let go once. This clip issue is a big problem and if i had to buy a sander again i would look for one with 2 clamp clips like the rigid has on the back of the sander. Sure my fix idea slows down paper changes but and no contractor is going to cut little pieces of duct tape for each piece of paper. I do it cause it works and lets me still use the sander. I will still be contacting service to test out this "legendary" Rigid warrenty About the comments on the dust collection. It is true this little bag does not catch much dust at all. The fan of the sander seems to blow more air out the side of the sander than in the bag causing softer woods to make dust everywhere. The truth of the matter is that i like the way this sander feels in my hand and its performance. That is what the rep sold me on when i bought it and to that effect it lives up to those two qualities. I generally use a vacuum on mine so the bag doesn't bother me as much and i don't know what other sanders perform like but with a vacuum attached there is little to no dust on the project. It does get annoying when i get into tight spots and i have to take the hose off. I own many rigid and dewalt products. All of my rigid products are great with the exception of this one. I would buy any of them over again with the exception of this sander. The shame of it is that if this sander did a better job with the dust and holding the paper it would be a 10 out of 10 for me. oh and PS if any one from rigid is reading this, every one of my orange tools has a case except your belt sander. YES it matters. Thanks for reading
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a waste I have not used this much as my random orbital does most jobs. However, each time I come to use this unit, it can't hold the paper on the front. Finally, today I got determined to make it work however I had to modify it. No luck. It grips such small piece of the paper with a too weak of a spring loaded lever that the high vibration rate pops it out. Trying to use 150-320 grit papers, so fairly fine. Using a <80-100 grit might allow it to hold on for a while. However, it looks like the grit would tear up the plastic hold-down within short order. It all seemed like a good unit, but its not. Tossing it in the dumpster now, then off to Lowes for something else.
Date published: 2016-03-29
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