Model # R27401

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Store SKU #733594

RIDGID 3 in. x 18 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology
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RIDGID

3 in. x 18 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology

  • AirGuard dust collection system collects 90% of the dusts
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Backed by The RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement
$9997 /each
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Product Overview

The RIDGID 3 in. x 18 in. Belt Sander is powered by a robust 6.5 Amp motor to tackle a range of tough jobs. It has a variable-speed dial with electronic feedback to match the speed to the desired removal rate and maintain speed under load for consistent results. Its onboard vacuum adaptor fits a standard 1-1/4 in. hose for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment.

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  • AirGuard dust collection for collection of 90% of the dust
  • Hex grip micro texture for a secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Automatic belt tracking to automatically adjust the belt to the center platen for alignment
  • Flat face that allows for flush sanding against vertical surfaces
  • Accessible brushes that can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
  • 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
  • Accessible brushes can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
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Specifications

Dimensions

Belt width
3
Product Depth (in.)
15.02 in
Product Height (in.)
5.70 in
Product Width (in.)
6.49 in

Details

Amperage (amps)
6.5
Belt length
18
Color Family
Orange
Cord Length (ft.)
8
Corded Tool Type
Belt Sander
Cordless/ Corded
Corded
Dust collection type
Bag
Maximum speed (ft./min.)
950
Minimum speed (ft./min.)
400
Power Tool Features
No Tool Belt Change,Two Hand Grips
Product Weight (lb.)
8.22lb
Reconditioned
No
Returnable
60-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Variable Speed
Yes

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase

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Customer Questions & Answers

Could you use this sander to refinish a 12 by 8 hardwood floor, or what would you recommend

I have a 12 by 8 bedroom that has harwood slats that need to be sanded, remove old paint, the old finish and some uneveness. Then I would stain and seal.
Asked by: Anonymous
Absolutely NOT! Please disregard anyone telling you to use a 3 x 18 belt sander for sanding a floor of any type. This is truly beyond ignorant that anyone would tell you to do so. The right tool for the right job is one of the major rules, this is not the tool. Please visit any rental shop and they will steer you in the right direction, the information here seems quite the joke except for a few actual craftsmen.
Answered by: CopperMan
Date published: 2017-07-18

In lieu of using the dust collection bag, is is OK to attach a shop vac to collect the dust?

Asked by: Anonymous
It's actually probably more efficient to attach a shop vac as opposed to the collection bag as you will save a lot of time. This machine works extremely well and consequently will fill the bag very rapidly.
Answered by: Greg
Date published: 2016-12-08

Can this sander take 3/8in off a door frame?

Asked by: DoorDestroyer
It could but keeping a nice appearance may take some finesse. Start with 80 grit then 120 grit Let the sander do the work...don't press to hard to avoid gouges.
Answered by: CM
Date published: 2017-03-13

Does this sander come with a case or tote

I have bought other Rigid items and they have all come with their own case. This did not but i am sure if it was a returned item and maybe came back without it's bag
Asked by: Fairview
Fairview Mine did not come with a case or tote.
Answered by: GUU
Date published: 2016-07-12
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Customer Reviews

3 in. x 18 in. Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 240.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I decided to go for the RIGID because of... I decided to go for the RIGID because of my experience with my other RIGID tools, like a 10” Table saw, shop vac, hand-held circular saw, AND also the fact that they come with a lifetime warranty. I’ve used it on one project so far and it works perfectly.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really gave this sander a tough initiation, sanding down ripped studs from an old house put tog... I really gave this sander a tough initiation, sanding down ripped studs from an old house put together to form a patio table. At times the sandpaper would slowly move to the side, but the automatic realignment worked great, getting it back to center.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I love it I was a good buy It work faster that other machines
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I got this belt sander for a deck project. Having used my dads' old belt sander, I knew that this... I got this belt sander for a deck project. Having used my dads' old belt sander, I knew that this would blaze through the deck and rails in short time. WRONG! Has variable speed which is lettered instead of numbered for some reason. Speeds are from slow to almost stopped. I used this for about an hour and finally gave up. It has fantastic dust collection and outstanding belt tracking. It feels good in hand and easy to use and understand. The motor was bad so Home Depot chose to replace it instead of refund it. I have not had the chance to use the new one yet but I did notice, while picking out the replacement from the shelf, that all but one of the 6 boxes had already been opened. I guess "replace and restock" is the answer for this item.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I chose this sander for the variable speed and expected it to be rugged enough for some heavy dut... I chose this sander for the variable speed and expected it to be rugged enough for some heavy duty sanding. The variable speed kept changing and I had to readjust it. The sander struggled when I put it under a load which was simply sanding down some floor leveling with 80 grit sandpaper. It should have been easy but took 45 minutes to sand a 16 square foot area that was less than 25% coverage and no more than 1/16 in spots. Very disappointed and will return it or trade in on a different make/model.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall, it's not a bad little sander. As others have pointed out, the speed is a little on the s... Overall, it's not a bad little sander. As others have pointed out, the speed is a little on the slow side and it bogs down a bit with pressure but It's always done well. But on the negative side, I've found that the belt tracking isn't always great and if you apply a moderate amount of pressure, the belt can shift side-to-side more than expected. The other shortcoming is the dust extraction port. These are advertised as working with 1-1/4" vacuums hoses but it only sort of works. The hose fits loosely in the hole and doesn't actually make contact with the sides. With the vacuum running, the hose stays in. With the vacuum turned off, it falls out easily. I might have to line the port with a little tape or something to make it a tight fit.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tool goes in the category of "why didn't I buy one of these years ago!" The first project I ... This tool goes in the category of "why didn't I buy one of these years ago!" The first project I used it on was to strip some old cabinets for refinishing, the sander worked great and sped up the work considerably. I liked the auto-centering feature that kept the belt aligned. Changing belts is quick and easy. The dust collection system on this sander was impressive, I was sanding indoors and expected a huge mess but the amount of vacuuming required after the work was done was minimal. I am extremely pleased with this sander.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well for me so far ... I have had issues with Rigid products in the past, afer reading some reviews, I was hesitant on purchasing this sander but needed one. I have used several low end (HF) and higher end (PC) ranging in price from $40-$375. So far I personally like this sander, I have sanded dining tables, pallets, roof tiles, one side of 150 white cedar fence pickets for 90 minutes straight without any issues. I've used 8 to 10, 60 - 120 grit belts in 2 months of use, never had a tracking issue and belt change is fast and simple. Two thing thing I think could be improved with this sander is the size of the dust port and adding an adjustable front handle. Enlarging the dust port
Date published: 2016-04-03
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