Model # R27401

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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
$99.97 /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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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. I used it to plane out a table made of uneven dimensioned lumber, with an 80 grit belt at first to strip it down a lot and then 120 grit to smooth it out. The table I was working on is 8x4 ft, FYI.
Answered by: trueoutdoors
Date published: 2016-11-25

It stopped collecting dust in the bag. I assume it is clogged somewhere, but not sure how to clear it.

Asked by: dopcam
Check the connection where the dust collection bad is slide on. That is the spot where it can get clogged if you forget to empty the bad
Answered by: carnini
Date published: 2016-09-05

would this work for a 4x5 front porch with railings and 2 long stairs?

I am trying to figure out if I need to buy both a belt sander and an orbiter sander to do this job. I am wondering if I can get away with buying this one and using my existing mouse for tight spots.
Asked by: Porch
I would along with sanding with the grain. Avoid cross sanding across the grain.
Answered by: SignDoc
Date published: 2016-04-20

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
Yes it came with the bag
Answered by: Nilia
Date published: 2016-07-07

Can you take 3/8" off the bottom of a door with this sander?

Can you take 3/8" off the bottom of a door with this sander?
Asked by: Tawny
Depends on construction of the door. If it's masonite I would hesitate creating that much dust for 3/8" removal of material. For that matter, anything more than fine tuning 1/16-1/8 inch, I would cut off regardless of material. You certainly could do it with an aggressive sandpaper however, it will take much longer than cutting off a 1/4 inch and fine tuning the last 1/8 in or so.
Answered by: Brian
Date published: 2016-11-28

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

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes. You can connect a shop vac with a 1-3/8" ID hose in lieu of the dust collection bag.
Answered by: JamesC
Date published: 2015-11-08

can i use this on metal

I want to bevel some knives
Asked by: goofy
I wouldn't use it on a fine knife, like a kitchen knife. But a pocket knife, it would be a quick sharpen job to set the bevel, then use a stone to make it fine.
Answered by: OldPro
Date published: 2016-09-06

How do i get a new dust bag for my sander

Asked by: JS62
Hi JS62. You can special order the dust bag through The Home Depot Store. Hope this helps!
Answered by: RIDGID Power Tool Team
Date published: 2016-03-24
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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 193.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ridged Belt Sander A well designed sander; easy to change sanding belts and good ergonomics. The weight makes it easy to use but stout enough for most any job. Some others are just too heavy and bulky.
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is not a heavy duty belt sander. For small jobs, it works. Motor could have more power! L... This is not a heavy duty belt sander. For small jobs, it works. Motor could have more power! Like said: this is a good sander for small jobs.
Date published: 2016-10-25
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
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overheats It overheats and it is too slow, as well as not heavy enough. I am usually very happy with Rigid products, but this one is not worth the $99.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. Dust collector collects dust very well. Works great. Dust collector collects dust very well.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Workshop User The sander's variable speed and auto belt alignment work as specified. The dust collector requires a powered vacuum hose to to remove sanding dust, rather than just the provided bag. But that is not unusal for small sanders. The unit has sufficient power at all speed operations to run the belt and didn't heat up after 20 minutes of continuous sanding with 80 grit belt. The small front wheel make sanding the inside of a curved surface difficult as it will easily gouge the sanding surface. Otherwise my rating would be 5 stars. And a best value purchase at $79.00
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light Duty Use The size is comfortable, not cumbersome. The belt tracking feature is helpful, but also allows the belt abrasive to move more than expected, (requiring additional attention). The RPM's are noticeably slower, possibly extending belt life, but also can be problematic with motor bogging down,relative to pressure applied. (Likely directly related to motor amperage) The tool that I received has an intermittent trigger response issue, whereby the sander will not respond at all when trigger is pulled. And may or may not eventually begin rotation (within 10 seconds)
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Sign Finishing I bought this belt sander for my wood sign project and it did a great job. It was very easy to use and I really liked the feature that allowed one to change sanding belts without tools - just flip a lever!
Date published: 2016-03-01
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