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RIDGID

Model R27401

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Store SKU #733594

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

$99.97 /each
  • 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

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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)
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  • Accessible brushes can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
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Could you use this sander to refinish a 12 by 8 hardwood floor, or what would you recommend

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S.L.C.,Utah
September 27, 2012
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.
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May 16, 2016
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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 Read More
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. Read Less
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September 5, 2013
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No. This one does not have enough power. I would recommend going with a more powerful model.
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Falls Church, VA, USA
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June 25, 2013
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Absolutely. I used it to strip/finish a 20' X 80' split-level deck. Just remember to sand WITH the grain; not across the grain, or in circular motions. And in your situation, remove the floor molding beforehand.
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June 25, 2013
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Absolutely.
Commercial floor sanders can be tricky to use, especially in the small area you describe. They can do a lot of damage in unskilled hands. I know from experience. The drums chew a lot of wood when you start and stop if you don't have the feel for it. You won't know until you put a coat of finish on and see the drum marks.
I have finished several floors with a belt sander with excellent Read More
Absolutely.
Commercial floor sanders can be tricky to use, especially in the small area you describe. They can do a lot of damage in unskilled hands. I know from experience. The drums chew a lot of wood when you start and stop if you don't have the feel for it. You won't know until you put a coat of finish on and see the drum marks.
I have finished several floors with a belt sander with excellent results. Yes, it will take a little longer but it's a good safe choice for DIY work. Use the belt sander along the grain and an orbital sander for the edges that cross the grain. Read Less
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Littleton, MA
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May 19, 2013
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You could, but the sander surface is small which makes it not ideal for sanding large areas such as floors where you need the surface to be uniformly level and even. A floor sander with a larger surface area is recommended. If you were going for a rustic look, then a belt sander would be okay, but would take a lot longer to complete the sanding than a floor sander.
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Winter Springs, FL, USA
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May 17, 2013
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Absolutely not! Rent yourself a drum sander to ensure a more even floor. This sander is not of the quality standards to do this type of job.But do not get the Diablo sandpaper belts. They do not hold up. Also check the thickness of your floor slats. If the floor has never been re-finished before, you should be ok. Otherwise, the tongue and groove portions may separate.
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Aromas, CA, USA
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April 5, 2013
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Yes, I feel it could be used for this, though not the ideal tool. This will leave sanding marks if you are not careful and will require a finish sanding (random orbital) prior to staining/finish application. The correct tool for the job will save you many hours of work time. Though this could work, this is not the ideal tool for the job.
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April 2, 2013
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If you are a beginner, yes. This is heavy-duty a sander as you should start with.
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Champaign, IL, USA
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December 9, 2012
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You could use it around the perimeter of the room, but you would probably need to rent a floor drum sander from your local tool rental store to do the job right.
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October 30, 2012
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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.
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October 3, 2012
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I wouldn't. I would spend the extra money for the makita or porter-cable 21 inch sander
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September 28, 2012
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A belt sander could be used in that type of application. However, given the area you need to cover, possibly renting a floor type sander from a local rental service, would be better for that type of job.
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In lieu of using the dust collection bag, is is OK to attach a shop vac to collect the dust?

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Kingsport, TN
May 18, 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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February 10, 2015
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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.
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Cheektowaga, N.Y.
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January 20, 2015
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I personally wouldn't change the tools intended usage. When the dust bag fills up I would just
empty it and start off again with a fresh bag.
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New Hampshire
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October 5, 2014
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I did that, the inch and a quarter hose was a little lose but stayed put while sanding.
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February 18, 2014
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yes but the range of motion becomes limited and you will find it combersom
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Wilmington, DE
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February 15, 2014
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I haven't hooked it up to my shop vac yet, however other reviews said they have and it works great. I do know that my vac does fit it.
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Richmond, VA
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February 3, 2014
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Absolutely! You just may need an adapter, depending on the size of your shop vac.
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Dallas, TX, USA
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January 21, 2014
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I don't see why not. I tried but my hose wouldn't fit onto the dust collection port.
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Chapin, SC
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October 17, 2013
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It may be a bit more cumbersome, but sure. Jjust remember to clean your vac filter regularly. The sanding particles are very fine and will quickly load up your filter.
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Falls Church, VA, USA
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June 25, 2013
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Absolutely. Use a hose clamp. I also strap the power cord to the vacuum hose at the 3' and 6' points, so they can be handled without disruptive tangles, twists, loops, and disconnects.
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June 7, 2013
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absolutely they sell attachments for almost any tool that has a collection bag for use with a shop vac
I would rather use a shop vac so im not breathing in the saw dust and helps keep the area your working on clean
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Littleton, MA
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May 19, 2013
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Yes. You can connect a shop vac with a 1-3/8" ID hose in lieu of the dust collection bag.
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Does this sander come with a case or tote

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Asheville, NC
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September 4, 2015
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
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Shreveport LA
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July 10, 2016
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Mine did not come with a case or tote.
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Westwood, MA
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March 1, 2016
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No it does not come with a case or tote.
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Fort Worth, Texas
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January 26, 2016
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No case or tote.
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Sterling, Virginia
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October 29, 2015
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The one I just bought did not come with a bag.
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October 20, 2015
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No Case. Great sander.
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Aromas, CA
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September 9, 2015
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Mine did not include a case.
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New Orleans, La
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September 7, 2015
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Mine did not come with a case or bag
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September 7, 2015
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no, it does not have a case or bag.
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September 6, 2015
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Mine has no storage case or bag. Regardless, it is one of the best belt sanders I personally have used.
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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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September 6, 2015
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Yes it came with the bag
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Can this sander take 3/8in off a door frame?

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September 14, 2015
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Maine
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July 26, 2016
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You can't take 3/8" off a door frame... usually the door stop is 3/8", so if you take 3/8" off the frame, it will be even with the door stop, which means there will be a gap you can see through. Plus it will look unprofessional, like you didn't know what you're doing. Better to take 3/8" off the door with a straight-edge guide and a good carbide blade on your circular saw. Put tape on the door the whole Read More
You can't take 3/8" off a door frame... usually the door stop is 3/8", so if you take 3/8" off the frame, it will be even with the door stop, which means there will be a gap you can see through. Plus it will look unprofessional, like you didn't know what you're doing. Better to take 3/8" off the door with a straight-edge guide and a good carbide blade on your circular saw. Put tape on the door the whole length that the saw will slide along so you don't scratch your door. Then sand the cut marks off. Read Less
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March 1, 2016
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It could, but it will take a fair amount of time and probably require changing the sanding belts you use. Using a wood plane might work or a circular saw depending upon what part of the door frame you intend to cut.
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October 20, 2015
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Wow, nearly 1/2 inch off of a door frame? Of course any sander could do this, but the challenge would be to keep the frame even and plumb. I do not know that sanding it back is a good idea, maybe notching it back first with a small circular saw or reciprocating saw. (that would work better if it is HEIGHT you are trying to achieve instead of WIDTH. I have done this when I needed HEIGHT by notching it Read More
Wow, nearly 1/2 inch off of a door frame? Of course any sander could do this, but the challenge would be to keep the frame even and plumb. I do not know that sanding it back is a good idea, maybe notching it back first with a small circular saw or reciprocating saw. (that would work better if it is HEIGHT you are trying to achieve instead of WIDTH. I have done this when I needed HEIGHT by notching it first, then sanding to clean it up. Read Less
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September 23, 2015
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Thank you for the answers, I wanted to sand down the door frame because I have some rowdy neighbors who accidentally broke my front door. After I measured the door frame I realized it was built 3/8 of an inch to narrow for a standard 36in by 80in front door. I wanted to fix the problem for good by sanding the door frame, thus if my rowdy neighbors come back I can just buy a new door and not have to worry Read More
Thank you for the answers, I wanted to sand down the door frame because I have some rowdy neighbors who accidentally broke my front door. After I measured the door frame I realized it was built 3/8 of an inch to narrow for a standard 36in by 80in front door. I wanted to fix the problem for good by sanding the door frame, thus if my rowdy neighbors come back I can just buy a new door and not have to worry about having to cut it down again. Read Less
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September 16, 2015
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You will be sanding for a very long time....why not just cut the door?
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yes it does.
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September 15, 2015
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Hi DoorDestroyer, Trying to sand off 3/8 in off a door frame will take a long time to do. You may use this product for the purposes listed, sanding wood, metals, and plastics. Smoothing rough boards, chamfering, rounding edges and removing rust, paint, varnishes, and stains. Hope this helps!
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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 166 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Damaged prior to shipping For the 1st time, I'm disappointed in Home Depot (online). Received my sander in a damaged box which was re-taped prior to shipment. Its clear the unit had been dropped multiple times due to both ends of the box were pushed in or crushed. This is NOT shipping damage, the tape is tight over the top of the damage and not conforming to the actual box damage shape. Returning unit to store, unopened, for exchange. I don't know if it will die 4 month from now due to the drops before I received it. If these are opened box or returns, it should be stated in description. If it's Home Depot's policy to ship damaged box products that would have been difficult to sell in a store (who would actual pick this one from a shelf), it should be stated in the description. May 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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! March 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good tracking I really like that this sander (unlike my previous ones) does not require constant adjustment to keep the belt aligned. I have yet to do any adjustment when changing belts. That, combined with the lifetime warranty make this tool my first choice. July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Sander I'm a furniture maker and would say this is a great sander. Well made and works great with my dust collector! July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great sander good power, well built, good weight and size,good dust collection July 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Good Belt Sander Overall this is a good product. I am able to use this product on many different projects. You can also use it as a table sander by simply laying to its side and clam it down know your hands are free from holding it! The only thing could be better is not all wood dust gets blown in dust bag and dust bag is not a very good filter. But it's better than a lot of other products out there! July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very Impressed The day I brought this home from the store, I used it to sand a a dresser, a nightstand and all they drawers. Performed flawlessly. Not sure what happened with the other reviews but the auto track centering worked great. I highly recommend this belt sander if you want a quality tool that will last a long time. Ridgid's Lifetime Service Agreement is just icing on the cake too! July 1, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by junk Poorly designed auto track. Doesn't keep belt centered. Even the manual adjustment know will not stop it from wandering back and forth. Thought it was defective and returned it. 2nd one had the same problem. My advice, try another brand. June 26, 2016
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