Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 97
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by msb3 RYOBI 1/4 Sheet Pad Sander
After doing some light sanding with the sandpaper provided with the sander, and then with some sandpaper I found at home, I was quite unhappy with my purchase. I found it very difficult to affix the sandpaper to the sander using the clips, and the sandpaper lasted only a couple minutes, since it would tear at the ends. I then bought some 1/4 sheets of higher quality Diablo sandpaper with adhesive backing. Now, it works exceptionally well. The better sandpaper is longer lasting and does not rip or tear; the sander now does a great job. I suspect this is why the round version of this Ryobi sander with hoop and loop sandpaper attachment has received far superior reviews.
March 2, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by scanny Not such a bad tool, but...
I had it for 2 years and was using it ocasionally, light duty I would say. Then a spring clamp broke (a wire which holds sandpaper in place).
Funny thing is that it is not possible to find this part (cost $1.61) in Canada. I tried to order part on RYOBI web site, it redirected me to some US parts provider and they put me on a waiting list for the part. After 2 months they told me that part is in stock but shipment is going to cost me $34 USD. So I had to cancel order and buy another sander.
So the bottom part is that RYOBI sander is a good device, I was pretty happy with it when it worked but if something (even smallest and cheapest part) is broken then don't waste time trying to fix it. Next time I would buy some decent Makita or Bosch or other good name sander it will save me money and time on the long run.
December 10, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Major disappointment
Debated buying this or a 'mouse sander'. Bought this one and within 15 minutes I'm thinking I will see if they will take it back. Clips don't feel like they'll last long. Sandpaper supplied ripped apart very quickly.
My guess is that it might be ok for a little bit of small hobby work but anything bigger don't waster your time and money.
Very disappointing for a Ryobi which I usually find to be moderate quality.
October 6, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tradin Not any good
Garbage..... Pad wore out in no time and ruined a piece of mahogany Screws came threw the pad and sandpaper and scratched my tabletop
I returned it and they replaced it with a Rigid that was worth more money and did not charge me the differance Thank You Home Depot
November 15, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ellamama Sander self-destructed, producing metal and plastic shrapnel
I had this sander for about 5 years. I used it about a dozen times for relatively small here and there and took good care of it (the storage case is very nice!) But the sander's life ended abruptly when it self-destructed after being turned on for a project. The sander came on for a moment before the motor broke apart, breaking open the plastic case, sending shrapnel everywhere. I'm relieved there were no injuries or damage, but am horrified by what could happened.
Lessons learned: (A) Always wear eye protection and protective clothing when using power tools. (B) I doubt I'll buy a Ryobi tool again.
November 15, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hsingmomto3 Buyer beware
I bought this for my husband several years ago as part of a set. We used it for maybe an hour on a bathroom renovation, and breifly to sand down an outdoor project. It was a nice product. Notice the WAS part. In the middle of the outdoor project the motor cracked in half rendering the tool useless. Thankfully there were no injuries but now we have a paper weight.
November 22, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by taskswap Doesn't last long
As other reviewers have noted, quarter-sheets don't last long on this sander - something about the clips and pad tear the edges and the paper rips off quickly. I haven't had that happen with other sanders. It doesn't LOOK any different from others - maybe it's the gripping force?
Anyway, if you switch to stick-on sandpaper you'll pay three times as much for sandpaper but the sheets stay on well. The problem THEN is the foam pad is not very durable. It started to deteriorate after about 20 sheets, and basically shredded about a dozen sheets after that.
I rated it average because I discovered that several online vendors sell the backing pad for only $2! Honestly, that's not much more than stick-on sandpaper itself costs. I got a half-dozen, and now I just change the pad every few dozen sheets. It raises the operating cost, but not by much and this is otherwise a pretty decent little sander for the price...
August 2, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AGregg Would not recommend
If I had read the reviews before purchasing this sander, I would not have purchased it. I ended up returning it after only using it once. The main problem I had was with the pad. Supposedly you can use the adhesive backed sandpaper with this machine, but if you do use it you can't get it off the pad. The instructions say the sandpaper has to be removed right after using the sander while the paper is still warm, but warm or cold I could not get all of the sandpaper off. In fact, the paper sticks to the pad so strongly that I ended up ripping off chunks of the pad in the process. This sander might be okay if I had used clamp on sandpaper, but once adhesive backed paper is used the pad is trashed and you can't use it again. The other problem I had with this sander was the dust bag. It literally did not work at all. When I finished sanding there was more dust on the piece of furniture I was sanding than in the dust bag. It simply does not work.
May 22, 2013