Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 361
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by capt835 Bad Motor right out of the box
I purchased this yesterday at about 4 PM. I took it home, assembled it and tried to turn it on. It only hummed loudly. I double checked the installation of the 2" drum I installed and it turned very freely. I tried again and it only hummed. I packed it up and returned it for another one and the service people were extremely courteous and helpful. I picked up another one and tested it there. I have the second one home now and so far it works just fine. I read on the Ridgid website others had a problem with bad motors as well. I do recommend this product because of the name and because of the Home Depot Service Reps.
August 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by leebert51 pretty good tool
It is a pretty good tool. It does an array of things such as straight edge sanding and then can become a spindle sander. I give it 3 stars for quality because it has a lot of plastic in it and no cast iron top.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carlos Excellent
It really is an excellent machine for me, simple and quick to change the band, and adjust it ... very simple and eficiente.l!
August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EdM Good machine
Worked great out of the box. Nice having 2 tools in one
August 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GoodWoodbyTopher Took the plunge, got all wet.
First off, I am in love with the idea of this machine. It is super convenient to have two machines in one. I found the table to be sturdy and the size of the machine well proportioned. The belt sander attachment was a little wobbly but sanded smooth/flat surfaces.
I am a big believer in user reviews. I figured I would take the plunge and go against the "complainers" of this product. Thankfully HD gave me a full refund and unfortunately an opportunity to join the complainers.
In short, right out of the box, with my family watching in anticipation, I flipped the switch and just heard the buzz of the motor trying to get the spindle turning. Flipped it off/on a few times, still just a humming machine with no turn.
I decided to give it a spin with my hand and it finally started turning. Something in the motor housing rhythmically clicked with the spindle turns.
Interestingly enough, if I laid the unit on its side (on the side of the on/off switch) the unit fired right up and spun effortlessly with no clicking. So, needless to say, having to turn the entire unit on it's face every time I want to sand something is not going to happen.
The unit never did start/spin with the on/off switch, I always had to hand turn it while it was on but not turning the spindle.
If they ever decide to make this unit more dependable, I will definitely buy it again. Hey Rigid, let me know if you have any suggestions on alternative units.
Thanks so much.
goodwoodbytopher dot com
August 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Short Pure excellence
This is the best sanding unit I've ever used. Buy it ... now.
July 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TJ not enough power and too noisy
I like the concept of having a spindle and belt sander combined in one unit but ridgid did a poor job designing its version of what a spindle and belt sander should be like. It doesn't have any real power, it stalls very easy when the slightlest pressure is applied to the belt and it's very noisy. I'm kinda surprised other manufacturers haven't designed a version of their own. The best thing about it is it is convenient to have two sanders in one unit, it saves time and space.
July 10, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Julian Good Sander
After reading other reviews, i decided to purchase the sander. Set-up is easy and straihtforward. However, intstalling the belt sander and making adjustments is tricky. After several minutes, the belt sander was installed. My first use was on a small box made out of poplar and oak. I was smoothing out the corners when the belt sander tore apart in half. I couldnt understand why. Maybe it was a cheap belt sander or the several minutes of installing the belt sander was incorrect. I will try another name brand belt sander and see if it performs better.
June 28, 2016