Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 36
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RayS Disappointing
I own a Ryobi drill, circular saw and reciprocating saw and am satisfied with their products. This sander is another story. I bought this sander from HD online and it was delivered as promised. Although the product boasts a 10,000 per minute spin rate, mine hardly made ten revolutions per minute. When I put my hand on the bottom plate, it stopped spinning altogether with the minimum of pressure. (I have a finishing sander which just vibrates. An orbital sander is supposed to spin. ) I returned the sander to the local store which provided me a replacement without any problem. When I got home, I tried this replacement sander and was met with the same poor results. Received my money back but what a waste of time.
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ A perfect finish
This sander produces a smooth perfect finish! I was surprised at how comfortable it sits in the hand during operation. Although other reviewers claim that it is not a random orbit sander, I have had no problems with it and it seems to work exactly as Ryobi has advertised it to. It can and will remove material very quickly, so be mindful of the pressure you are exerting during use. As always, I use Diablo sand paper packs with this product and have had excellent results. Pair this up with a corner cat sander, and you have the perfect combo. The built in dust collection also works wonderfully, and provides plenty of suction to remove dust and put it in the included bag. A vacuum can also be attached easily to the dust port.
April 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AtlantaDan Does what it's supposed to do, if you understand what it's supposed to do
I've used the sander on several projects, and the results have been fast and scratch-free. Reviewers should remember that random orbit sanders have heads that move in tiny ovals. This principle differs from grinders - where the heads spin at high revolutions per minute. OPM is not the same as RPM, so don't expect to see the head spinning at a high rpm.
May 14, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Pizzacn Great tool needs a better battery
The orbitital sander works great just wish the battery lasted longer. Better have an extra handy to finish the job.
May 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dick Worst ryobi
I am building a boat, and I have burned out 4 of these. The old blue one lasted 8 years. So I went on E bay and found a nearly new blue one. So far, so good!
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Does what it is supposed to
I love this sander. It is powerful and relatively quiet. The sanding disks stay put. The dust port really collects the dust and it connects easily to a dust collector or vacuum. If is perfect for quick jobs that don't warrant laying out an extension cord and it works just as well as my plug-in model.
May 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BILLYCHILIBOB UNFORTUNATELY I HAD TO RETURN THIS ITEM.
I AM A BIG FAN OF RYOBI BATTERY OPERATED TOOLS AND I OWN A LOT OF THEM. THIS SANDER HOWEVER, IS ADVERTISED TO TURN AT 10.000 RPM. I CLOCKED MINE AT ABOUT 100 VERY UNSTEADY REVOLUTIONS.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Impatient Best tools
So glad I started getting Ryobi cordless tools. Snap in a battery and go. No cords, no hoses, no loud compressor, light weight, easy to use. Tip, don't put weight on the sander, use your finger tips to guide it. The paper grit is the key, not forcing the sander down onto the surface.
May 3, 2016