Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 91
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RORR This thing is garbage do not buy!!!!
I went through 3 of these sanders before I finally gave up.... cheaply built.. only good thing about it is how Home depot stands behind it... but got tired of driving to the store constantly to replace it after a days worth of work!
August 28, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jjc122161 Soft Start\Worn out pad
The soft start is annoying. If you let go for a second you have to wait for it to start again. This is hard to get used to. I only use this about 2 times a year. The sand paper is difficult to remove from the backer. You need to use your nails to get behind it or the backing Velcro comes off with it. Now after changing the paper a few times the backer is going to be needed to be replaced as others have said in their reviews. I believe the backer should be redesigned.
August 18, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by widow123 good to use
Easy to hold,vacuum works well.Handles over head and high on wall
August 27, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by woodshopbob Two Repeat Failures
Bought this sander in late 2006 while building a strip canoe. It worked great, at least for two days when the switch failed. It was repaired under warranty and has worked well until Decdmber 2010 when the switch failed again. My use has been intermittent and relatively light duty, so a repeat failure does not make me happy. Unfortunately any other alternative in the 6 inch ROS with dust collection category are many times more $$$. The inconvenience of repair cost is the price to be paid I guess.
December 14, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mbigler Nice Sander when it works
Bought this as a recondition thought it might be a better buy. Was I wrong !! I used this sander 5 times and then it just quit. Took it to have it looked at for repair, remember recon tools from Ridgid do not have a warranty. Was going to cost 79.00 for repair I only paid 90.00. Took it home and threw it in the trash were it belonged. Shame Ridgid won't stand behind their recon tools.
February 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oreokid Great for house hold projects and easy to use. Cuts your project times down by half.
Easy to use and having the control settings to speed up or lower your power is a plus. Light weight and versitial for anyone to use. Having the catchers helps keep clean up to a minimal. Overall this product is perfect for anyone with wood projects In mind. Highly recommend trying it and seeing is believing.
April 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by disappointed It is no deal
I bought this sander to replace a dewalt I had for 10 years + this tool made it almost through 1 heavy duty project, don't wast your money it is not the deal it seems!
June 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jimS don't buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1st one died right after warranty ran out,something like 100 days.I am a cabinetmaker so i use often,thought maybe just got a lemon,so i got another one.lasted only 2 weeks the main shaft flywheel assembly snapped.Home depot replaced it.the new one lasted just passed warranty again.What junk!My story is not over yet 2 weeks ago i saw rigid had changed a couple of things and lower price ,i thought maybe they resolved the issues,well it just died 10 min ago,guess i was wrong.
April 4, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by oldmanwithashop This sander is a nightmare, and has serious faults.
I agree with the many reviews regarding design flaws with this sander. It stopped working the first time I used it. I returned it to Home Depot and bought a Makita 5 in which was less money. Okay, it does not have the bells and whistles this Rigid poor excuse for a sander says it has, but it works really well. Don't waste your money on the Rigid sander. Oh.. and the instructions are worthless as well.
September 8, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by AZSUN Easy to use - Bogs Down When Sanding
Quiet but bogs down easily while sanding. Feels good in hand when using. Would buy better quality sander next time.
June 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Grilldowner gets the job done
I got this sander to finish table tops and large panels. It will definitely get the job done. Having good sanding discs is a must. I use Klingspor discs. I like the dust collection because I can hook this up to my Rigid shop vac with the 2" diameter hose. Getting the continuous on switch to engage can sometimes be a little tricky. The sander will work well. I like the long cord also. It is a good value for a 6" sander.
May 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by celebrationBoatworks Great Sander, Pad is sensitive to abuse
I use this sander in my boat maintenance business. I have used higher priced models in the past and this sander is by far my favorite. The only down sides are that it is quite heavy with a vacuum hose attached and the will not take much abuse. Accidentally sanding without sandpaper will ruin the hook for the Velcro style hook and sand paper. Also is you try to sand something to hard like a bolt or other pointy object it can burn the pad creating a hard ridge.
March 11, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lxf1101 Why has t taken me so long?
Years I have been using a 5 inch Dewalt orbital sander.
Why didnt I switch to the 6" sander before. Lots of power and I can dial it right back on delicate sections. Love it!!
April 8, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GoFloors Great until you need a replacement pad
Some of you don't like holes in your paper.. They really don't have any purpose. But hard to find without. Bona and norton both have 6 inch hook loop. Ask the pro desk. Also the pad wares out and is hard to replace. You have to order from manufacture. Runs strong and the weight helps it be more aggressive for floor sanding. This machine is not a floor sander it's only good for fine sanding not rough sanding.
May 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by flbuilder Great sander
I bought this sander for a trim project I was working on that required a bit more muscle than my hand or my B&D Mouse could provide. I bought this sander mainly becuase of the 1/8" vs 1/4" orbit selector for heavy sanding. Bottom line is that in about 45 minutes I fully sanded, including removing gouges and severly uneven edges, what I could not have done all day long with the Mouse. That's no knock on the Mouse, this is just a much more powerful tool. The tool is a little heavy for holding vertically while sanding as I did (pieces were already fastened to the wall). My arms tired after 5-10 minutes, but this tool would be fine for sanding on a horizontal surface. Lots of power, smooth operation, felt like a quality tool. I liked the 12' lighted cord for the extra length and easy identification to see if it's plugged in. Highly recommended.
February 19, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Plasma Best Sander Ever Had
I own three other sanders - finishing, belt and a large drum sander. This one is my favorite. If you are serious about woodworking this is the first and last to buy. I have done furniture and floors with it, my friends are using it, and still running. Had it for about three years. The pad is a bit worn but still capable of doing the right job. Very efficient and aggressive sander for finishing jobs. Good material removal.
June 24, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by steveg1228 best sander ever!
Great sander! Plenty of power and versitale. Love the hook and loop design.
April 22, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by yourpalAllen poor product support
I used my sander for a short time before the sanding pad wore down. Home Depot does not stock them and Ridgid's warranty is not easy to use nor practical. A new pad thru this website is $42!
Ridiculous. A poorly designed part needs additional supplied with the product and availability at the store.
I bought a 2 pack on another website for less$
April 17, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DVMOO7 Poor Design
I used sander for two weeks then the bottom rubber piece that is used to attached the sand paper to just fall off. It has 4 screws that hold that part to the rest of the assembly. It appears that the four screw are not enough to properly hold the bottom piece together. The holes on the rubber where the screws are attached eventually got so enlarged that it could no longer hold bottom anymore and just came flying off.
November 10, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheToolMan Solid Sander
I've owned this sander for several years (at least 5 years) and have been very happy with it.
- Loooong cord. I believe is is 12-15' long. Ridgid does not overlook this important detail. A nice bonus is the lighted plug with a sander icon on it. This helps when you have several tools plugged into a power strip. I can quickly and easily locate the plug I want without playing the guessing game
- Consistent and solid performance --doesn't clog with sawdust
- Plenty of power
- Does not overheat - even after 45 minutes of continuous use
- 2 different orbit patterns
- Variable speed with trigger lock
- Support handle (the black outrigger) can be rotated 90 degrees
- Durable and tough (I've dropped it several times with no visible damage)
- Full Lifetime Warranty on all Ridgid handtools --Warning: This does not cover normal wear and tear but rather manufacturer's defect, not unlike other main manufacturer's warranties. So exercise care and caution
I have been very happy with my sander and expect it to last for the next decade, at least.
December 29, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NoFG Works good when it works
Mine has failed twice. I did not read the warranty close enough and failed to properly register it. HD tightened some loose screws the first time free of charge but shortly after that the output shaft and screw broke and it's beyond economical repair. Definitely a design flaw with that tiny main shaft. I loved it while it worked though.
July 22, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by blake third one going back
thought I was getting a great sander.. works well for a few months, but with 2 times of week usage, the disc holding pad wears out and disc go flying..taking back my third one for that reason.. on top of that home depot does not stock coarse disc... you may find 100 grit...3 strikes now im out
September 25, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by z06maniac Replacement parts not readily available
In general, I love Rigid tools. They are very affordable and usually incredibly durable. A couple of months ago I bought this sander to refinish my deck. This tool has tremendous power. Takes a while to figure out how to use it with skill. The first surprise is that the sand paper selection for this sander is extremely limited compared to competitor 5 inch sanders. In the last phase of my project the micro fiber hook and loop pad wore out, and it would no longer hold a sanding disc. You can't buy the pad on-line or in Home Depot stores. You have to call Rigid to even get the phone number and the part number to order, and you can only order it during normal business hours mon-fri. Ironically, HD stocks replacement pads for other mfg 5 inch sanders, but not the 6 inch Rigid!!!. If I had to do it again, I'd buy someone else's 5 inch machine who's replacement parts are readily available.
August 15, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DellDude Works great last long time
Great for large jobs. I was amazed at how much difference the 6 inch had over the 5.
February 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by THORSALMON COMFORTABLE AND EFFICIENT
NOT SURE IF 2 SPEEDS IS NEEDED BUT VERY COMFORTABLE AND EFFICIENT . LARGE REAR PORT INSTALLS ONTO AND SHOP VAC
February 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Rich Sander fails and lifetime warrenty is a joke
I made the mistake of buying two of these sanders. Both have failed. When returned for repair under the lifetime warrenty, Rigid indicated they were "not covered". I made the mistake of buying 7 Rigid products. Some they managed to get registered, others, the materials I sent in have "disappeared into the either". The companies position on this boils down to "to bad, so sad"
February 1, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jonas I was pleasantly suprised by the performance of this sander.
I was choosing between the 5" and the 6" and found that the 6" was many times better. This machine cuts with (course) and smoothes (fine) the wood flat like no other sander I have used. No down pressure is needed and I have found no circular patterns in the wood. It balances well on the wood and is easy to handle. I also like the dust collection port.
October 30, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Pdqwint One major weak link to otherwise great product.
I was hired to help restore a mid-century modern post and beam house designed by a famous architect. Repairing rot on the beams is my main job and required that I purchase a random orbit sander. I am pretty much brand loyal because of my experience with my other Ridgid tools, so I went straight for the Ridgid. I loved working with it right out of the box. Plenty of power, The choice of 1/8 or 1/4 diameter orbits is a great feature for the work I'm doing. I had a little trouble with the "Lock-on-Button" as I was having trouble avoiding the trigger and kept accidentally deactivating the lock. I have figured that out now.
My big problem with this product is that after only using it for 10 days, the hook and loop pad has worn out. Based on my experience, comparing info with my co-workers who use different brand and the reviews I've read about this sander, it has a problem with this. What makes the problem worse is that the replacement pad is not available where I purchased the tool, nor have I been able to find it elsewhere. I have ordered 3 of them from an online source but they are special order and I won't likely have them for 2 weeks! I'm dead in the water.
I expect better from Ridgid and based on my other experiences with your products I know Ridgid expects more from itself, too. At least I hope they do!
Without the problems I've mentioned, I would rate this sander 4 stars, at least. The weak quality of the hook and loop material brings it down to a 3.
The fact that the replacement part is not available at Home Depot, or anywhere else that I've been able to find, is inexcusable and since I'm screwed at the job site until my replacements come, the rating now has gone down to 2.
Come on Ridgid! Fix this!
August 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by WesH Excellent Sander
Worked well out of the box.
Sanding discs are hard to find.
January 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SandaBoat Worked great...for 4 hours.
Went through two of them in one day. After the first one quit, I exchanged it. After the second one quit, I returned it. No symptoms, just quit dead both times. Both quit after I came back from a break and the sander had cooled down. Those four hours each one was working were great hours, but I guess I expect more than an half-day's work from a tool.
July 1, 2012