Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 197
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bvb well designed
Rugged design that feels like it won't shake apart, and a lifetime replacement promise.
May 31, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bhough I'll be returning this.
The overwhelming majority of power tools I own have the Ridgid name on them. Typically I feel they are well designed, durable and carry an unbeatable warranty (as long as you register them). With that being said this is one Ridgid tool I can't recommend. The dust collection is about worthless. After a couple hours of use there is easily double the amount of dust on the outside of the sander (mostly covered) than in the dust collection (almost empty). The dust collection is coming apart after a small handful of short uses. If you choose to buy this you'll want to leave room in the budget for a sufficient respirator. It's mostly uncontrollable. It seems to have good power (the only reason I didn't give it one star) however I'm not sure what good the power is if you can't control where you're sanding. The only application it maybe tolerable for is large surfaces, and only if you're ok sanding the outer edge of the surface by hand. Several review claimed it has a 12' cord, mine only has a 6'. On a side note I didn't have the issue of sand paper not staying put as many of the other reviews, which may've been a result of limited use. Thankful Ridgid has a 90 day no questions asked return policy.
February 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mom Does a great job collecting the dust.
The only con is the location of the on/off switch. It is located on the grit where your hand goes, which makes it very easy to turn it off during your project. Suggestion would be for the company to locate it further down to avoid The accidental turn off. Otherwise a great little tool!
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToolGuy Ridgid did stand up behind their tool
This review is an update . I previously wrote a negative review of this sander, it had the problem holding the paper onto the front clip. I, like many others, have had great experiences with many other RIGID tools, but this sander (after it was a few months old) would not hold sand-paper. I failed to register so could not take advantage of the warranty. But Rigid saw my review and gave me a new sander. I will update later on my experience with the replacement. But, I just wanted to give a thumbs up to the company for standing up behind their products when they were not obligated to do so. That restores my faith in Rigid. And in the future I will not neglect to register for the warranty.
May 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dannyfixit 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.
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Rigid Quarter Sheet Sander
Easy to use paper is easy to change with little or no downtime. As usual this Rigid tool is of professional quality and it has already been used for over 60 hrs of continuous use in fine sanding of wood trim.
May 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AndyB Great Sander
I just built my dining room table and used this for all sanding. It did a great job sanding and also capturing the dust. I have used sander without the vacuum feature and it is almost unbearable on a big job. This was almost like no dust in the air! Awesome! I also love that it comes with a template to puncture holes in third part sand paper so you can utilize the vacuum feature no matter what paper you use. Recommended.
October 5, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by musicman Poor design
The front paper clamp is a poor design.I have used the sander about three times in four years and now the paper just flaps in the air in the front The front clamp is made of plastic and I guess it wore from the sandpaper vibrating in the somewhat loose clamp style. Which now that I think of it is not very good design choice since sandpaper can destroy the soft plastic and I should have realized it before purchasing it. I assumed because of the price that it was a better quality item. I will try another brand and see how it goes.
March 11, 2016