Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 91
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wes It Always Pays To Check Out The Clearance Items!!!!!
Found this on the clearance endcap at my local store for $40 and even though I didn't need another sander, I could'nt pass it up (always pays to have a spare).
December 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by woody Great sander
I needed to sand a wood floor in a bedroom. This sander had no trouble removing the old finish. I attached it to a shop vac with a drywall bag installed. I could not see or smell any saw dust during use. Great money and time saver.
October 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tedsay Ridgid Orbital sander
The Hook/Loop pad wares out and can only be purchased through the co website for $56 & A 3-7 day wait, you can buy a new unit for $114 at "The Depot"!...?
September 19, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ccs1 Not great
I have been through 2 of these in 2 weeks, First one the pad broke off. Home Depot was great and repaired it for free. Used it after repair for 10 minutes and another pad broke off. Again HD was great and replaced it with a new one. New one is now on Ebay and going to another brand.
August 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by simplefixes 6 inch orbital sander
I've had this sander for about a week now and have put it through it's paces and it works amazingly well, compare it price wise to the bosh 6inch orbital sander and it's a no brainer.
June 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tduke61 Awesome orbital sander
This is my 3rd Rigid orbital sander (4th, if you count the one I bought for my Dad). I am nearing completion of a 5000 sq ft log home and I have worn 2 of these out. I have sanded everything with this sander - logs, rafters, flooring, wainscoting, hardwood cabinets, hardwood trim, tongue and groove ceiling, board and batten garage exterior. They really are very well built, have a good balance and do a great job. It's hard to say exactly, but I would estimate 400-500 hours on each sander of very hard use (more than 15,000 sq ft). The velcro pad wears out first. Overall, this is the best orbital sander I could find! I highly recommend it!
January 24, 2008
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by madslamaxer RUN AWAY!
Thought this was the ticket for my sanding needs...I was dead wrong. After purchasing two for my small company, one quit after 4 hours use. I took it back with the receipt and got another one. After another 4 hours the other one up and quit. Took that one back as well and exchanged that one too. Now, just after 2 hours of sanding the other one quit mid job. This back and forth exchanging stuff during jobs is redundant and would be unnecessary had I purchased a better quality and more expensive tool. Buyer beware....spend the extra money and get something better than these pieces of garbage!
June 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Calal DO NOT BUY !!!
I have been in the cabinet business for almost 25 years. I bought this sander to maybe use it for about an hour once a week. I started using it when the pad came loose. I checked but could not see anything . The screw that came loose is under pad. You have to take off pad and tighten one screw about the size of one of those screws that hold together your i-phone. Yes people it's small. I cannot believe why Ridgid would make a 6" orbital sander with such a small screw that basically holds the business end of a heavy duty sander. It truly is a sander designed to fail. I bought a Porter Cable instead. I still have that piece of garbage ridgid in my shop in full view so that next time I contemplate buying a sander I'm reminded of this $125.00 lesson.
October 16, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dale24 Very disapointing!
I'm a professional woodworker who looked forward to the size and power this tool was suppose to have. After less than an hour of use, I had to replace the backing pad assembly with after market replacement parts----$10 plus shipping. Another 20 minutes of use and the backing pad broke
loose again. I ordered several replacement pads assuming this would be a perpetual problem. After getting another 20 minutes of use with the new backing pad I completely lost power and chucked the sander in the trash. I need tools that can be counted on and this one just isn't worth it!
August 5, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by petej Hook & loop backing pad did not last very long
The hook & loop backing pad did not last very long. My 12-year old, heavily used, Dewalt sander's hook & loop backing pad looks and works great.
The operation, effectiveness and usability of the tool is very good.
The short life of the hook & loop backing pad and the fact this part is not carried in the Home Depot, detracts from this tools rating.
March 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by John This product has design and quality issues
I have used this sander on a very limited basis. It has failed and been repaired several times under warranty. It was purchased with a life time service agreement through Rigid. You had to mail in the UPC, serial no. and a copy of the receipt as well as register on line. I did both . Rigid says yes we see you registered on line but the paper work you sent in has been lost and now your life time warranty is invalid. How convenient! In any event this product has, in my opinion, a design flaw(s) and quality issues as others have stated and the Mfg. appears to be limiting cost exposure regarding warranty.
July 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pierre I love it !
I really like all the features in this sander for a fraction of the price of other brands:
- The dust collection is impressive along with a shop-vac, the skirt work very well.
- I tested the scratch pattern on plastic as did Fine Woodworking Magazine and is is very homogenous.
- I have no problem whatsoever with the velcro padding as other complained.
- Vibration is minimum and hand position is well designed reducing fatigue.
I use it heavily for both coarse sanding and finish polish on wood furniture and really love it.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LakeJodecowoodworkers Absolutely the best Orbital Sander I have ever owned.
This orbital sander is dustless if you hook it to a vacum which is sooooo easy to do. Sander pads are easy to change.
March 1, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by hoffman It was a great sander while it lasted.
I have two of these sanders. Neither lasted more than a year before it quit working. The first one was the motor and the second was the switch. I had not registered either and Home Depot would not help me. So I took the switch from one and put it in the other. It worked up until this weekend and a bearing went out in the drive. The pad flops around. Now I am just a hobbyist and don't really use a sander that much so it doesn't seem that they should be wearing out this fast. I have a 5" dewalt that is ten years old. I am going to give both to Home Depots Ridgid rep and see if he can tell me why they worn out so soon.
December 23, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bigt34 Not worth the money
I have a small cabinet shop, and i thought I would give this one a try. I bought this sander thinking it might be similliar to the $500 festool sander. I knew it would not even be close, but I thought it would do a better job than my small palm sander. Man was I wrong. I also bought a pneumatic palm sander from Lowes, and was going to compare the two. The pneumatic palm sander kicked its butt. This sander was terrible. I can buy two palm sanders, one for each hand, and they would do a better job. The sander also got real hot and had no power whatsoever. Terrible sander for the money.
July 26, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by chrisruiz this sander could be great if the pad wouldn't wear down so fast
I'm on my 3rd or fourth one so far and the backing pad either wears out or completely breaks off after a few uses. I don't know why Rigid won't redesign . The main inner shaft is only attached by 1 tiny screw which can't handle the force and therefore the backer pad always breaks off. I think it's time to switch to Festool after all you get whatcha pay for ! All their power tools are gear driven too
March 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ILWW Uhmmm....
Make alot of tables so sanding efficiency is important to project completion. Looked at this product for approx 1 year then pulled the trigger. Why are the other 6" sanders so elusive and expensive? Took this baby home and was really impressed by the 1/8 setting. The soft-start is annoying but compared to efficiency; so what. On my 2nd table, it simply turned off and would not turn on. I returned it to HD for exchange and they honorably complied. I offered for them to keep the box as I would simply throw it away and they accepted. I left with the machine, manual, front handle, and cheap allen-key. I sanded one side of a table-top through 4 grits and was quite pleased with not only its apparent ability but leveling quality as well. It seemed to me that the added inch reduced sanding time in half. I flipped the TT over and started off with 80G. Two MINS in, the machine simply QUIT...again. I returned it to HD and again they graciously exchanged it. I have no intentions of keeping this machine, I simply needed it to finish a current project. I will be be returning this piece of junk to HD, post-haste, as soon as the BOSCH 6" arrives. I own Ridgid drills/drivers, trim and big routers, belt/spindle sander, 1/4" sheet sander, and the 18G brad-nailer (which I LOVE)! However, this sander is junk! Ridgid - Shame!!!! Evaluate it, fix it, and re-release it at about $160. Until then; BOSCH, here I come.
March 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by IndyColts3962 Durable and Easy to Use
I refinished the hardwood floors in my house using this sander as the edger in all but the dining room. In the dining room, for reasons that would take to long to explain, I sanded the entire room with this sander. I had a Ridgid shop vac hooked up to it for the entire job. It really sucked up the sawdust, but wear ear plugs if you don't want to be deaf for a few hours. I am extremely pleased with this sander. It works great and has been very durable. I have since used it to refinish a back door that the dog scratches when she wants in and to refinish several pieces of furniture. This sander is durable and works great. I have several Ridgid tools now & I am becoming very loyal to this brand.
August 21, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Willy Awesome Tool
This sander cut my sanding time in half. Had to sand 5 18" steel pipes and this sander did that with ease.
Highly recommend this sander.
February 10, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by longdar Premature failure - can't get parts
The backing pad came apart after ~20 hours of use. There is no way to order the part 305189001. This is the second Ridgid power tool that has failed prematurely.
April 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wildog Great Tool
I have had mine for over 5 years and it hasn't failed me yet and the only problem was my fault but I got the part and was back up and running in just a couple of days.I have had really good luck with 5 different Ridgid Tools I own. The trick to the warranty is you have to fill out the paper card and send it in AND register it on line.If you don't do both ways then it voids the Warranty so watch out and do both ways. My nephew is a paint contractor and I almost have to fight him to use my own sander because he loves mine so much and is such a miser he won't buy one himself
August 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RicJames Not enough grit availablity
Make more heavier grit paper for this machine. 36/ 40/ 50 grit paper would be really helpful, especially given the price of this palm sander.
April 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jimi68 rigid 6 in random orbital sander
Sander worked great for a couple months . Then the motor went out had it repaired then it went out again in about 2 min i also have the 5 in rigid nothing but problems the switch has went out 3 times in less than a year never again will i buy a rigid tool . I would think that a sander would last longer than the package of sanding discs i bought with it . ...
October 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigDaddy Hard working tool for the money
Bought this sander to feather out old paint on my 50+ year old wood siding. Worked perfectly and gave me no issues.
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by citizen Great sander for the price
You just can't get a better sander with these features for this price. There are sanders out there with the same features as this though not all in one like this. Brands like DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, etc are very well respected but you won't get their premium models for $100. The 12' cord has just about aliminated extension cords and the dust bag is easy to install and remove and both size vacuum hoses will fit this thing. Soft start feature and dual patterns will adapt to any conditions. The free LIFETIME service agreement when you register is a no brainer. Regular wear items like brushes are even covered. This will last you a lifetime, Ridgid will make sure of that.
March 10, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by boxmaker cheaply made
i had three of them.. kept having them replaced and fixed. Not worth it anymore.. I have a cabinet shop and used this sander once every 2 weeks for about 4 hours. So total of 1 day out of the month.. how can something be coined aggressive or heavy duty when it breaks so easily.. The problem with this sander is a small #6 x 1/2" screw that holds counterbalance and sanding pad. It loosens up and breaks. the screw is so small that if you try to tighten it so that it doesn't come loose, it breaks. what a joke this sander is .. do not buy!!!!
May 9, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JMcGuire You will be amazed!
You will be absolutely amazed at just how fast this sander can help you finish a job, just how fast Ridgid will accept your hard earned dollar and just how fast Ridgid won't stand behind their name.
I've been a Ridgid brand tools supporter for years now, they have helped me earn my living and support my family. I showed Ridgid my support with every dollar I "Invested" in my tools.
This sander has a design defect in my opinion, and it has been giving this sander an unfair handicap because Ridgid won't fix it, but they sure will be happy to take more of your money to sell you a replacement. "Don't bother looking for the part where you purchased the tool.... It's not there."
The hook and loop pad fails under normal use almost quicker then you can get through a stack of sanding discs.
I've purchased Ridgid tools for years now, and I make my living by depending on them to last. I didn't bother reading the reviews on this sander first because "it's a Ridgid" it'll last....
It feels nice in the hand, it's got great looks and other guys will be in envy when they see it work that wood. It'll be the same old story though, they got your money and you will be left wondering how it happened.
At least you get to keep all your stuff this time.......
As you can see in the picture, "There was only one brand for me"
February 17, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by nckellys Not bad
I've had mine for abot 3 yrs. The die cast metal plate that the pad attaches to broke. I'll probably buy another since it has lasted about as long as the Bosch 6" sander I bought before and paid 2.5x as much for. I design and build kitchen cabinets and furnature as a part time business so my sanders see some use. I will probably see about getting a replacement part and fixing this one so I have a spare.
It would be nice if they had replacement pads in the store and I have a huge stockpile of 6" 3M microfinishing paper (good paper) and some is 6 hole while other is 8. I had to drill holes into the pad for dust collection for the 8 hole paper.
This sander really does sand well. I like the results better than the Bosch. Just wish it was more durable.
February 17, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by LipRipper Good But
I had mine from 03/09 to 08/09 and returned it today and got another one primaily due to the fact that all others which HD does not carry are alot more $$$ so I took a chance again. Make sure you have a reciept which helped the return, HD scores a 10+ in my book due to the ease of return. Reason for return, same as the Rigid 5" ROS was the pad where the sanding pads attach to lost it's grip and pads were flying off. Tried different mfg. of the pads, new ones old ones and same result. Will see how this one holds up, keeping reciept.
August 27, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hope 6 in. Variable speed dual sander
Best sander ever,battery is good. Machine heavy enough but not too heavy.
October 10, 2014