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Model # R27401

Store SKU #733594

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RIDGID

6.5 Amp Corded 3 in. x 18 in. Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology

  • AirGuard dust collection system collects 90% of the dusts
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Backed by The RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement
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Product Overview

  • AirGuard dust collection system collects 90% of the dusts
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Backed by The RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement
The RIDGID 3 in. x 18 in. Belt Sander is powered by a robust 6.5 Amp motor to tackle a range of tough jobs. It has a variable-speed dial with electronic feedback to match the speed to the desired removal rate and maintain speed under load for consistent results. Its onboard vacuum adaptor fits a standard 1-1/4 in. hose for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment.
  • AirGuard dust collection for collection of 90% of the dust
  • Hex grip micro texture for a secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Automatic belt tracking to automatically adjust the belt to the center platen for alignment
  • Flat face that allows for flush sanding against vertical surfaces
  • Accessible brushes that can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
  • Lifetime service agreement with registration within 90-days of purchase (begins after the warranty period expires)
  • Hex grip micro texture enhanced micro-texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Accessible brushes can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
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Product Overview

  • AirGuard dust collection system collects 90% of the dusts
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Backed by The RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement
Model #: R27401
Sku #: 733594
Internet #: 100618248

The RIDGID 3 in. x 18 in. Belt Sander is powered by a robust 6.5 Amp motor to tackle a range of tough jobs. It has a variable-speed dial with electronic feedback to match the speed to the desired removal rate and maintain speed under load for consistent results. Its onboard vacuum adaptor fits a standard 1-1/4 in. hose for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment.

  • AirGuard dust collection for collection of 90% of the dust
  • Hex grip micro texture for a secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Tool-free belt release to make changing belts quick and easy
  • Automatic belt tracking to automatically adjust the belt to the center platen for alignment
  • Flat face that allows for flush sanding against vertical surfaces
  • Accessible brushes that can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
  • Lifetime service agreement with registration within 90-days of purchase (begins after the warranty period expires)
  • Hex grip micro texture enhanced micro-texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort
  • Accessible brushes can be serviced quickly for minimum downtime
  • Click Here to Register Your Product

    Test Item

  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs
  • California residents see Prop 65 WARNINGS

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Specifications

Dimensions

Belt width
3
Product Depth (in.)
15.02 in
Product Height (in.)
5.70 in
Product Width (in.)
6.49 in

Details

Amperage (amps)
6.5
Belt length
18
Color Family
Orange
Condition
New
Cord Length (ft.)
8
Corded Tool Type
Belt Sander
Cordless/ Corded
Corded
Dust collection type
Bag
Maximum speed (ft./min.)
950
Minimum speed (ft./min.)
400
Power Tool Features
No Tool Belt Change,Two Hand Grips
Product Weight (lb.)
8.22lb
Returnable
60-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Variable Speed
Yes

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase

Specifications

Dimensions

Belt width
3
Product Depth (in.)
15.02 in
Product Height (in.)
5.70 in
Product Width (in.)
6.49 in

Details

Amperage (amps)
6.5
Belt length
18
Color Family
Orange
Condition
New
Cord Length (ft.)
8
Corded Tool Type
Belt Sander
Cordless/ Corded
Corded
Dust collection type
Bag
Maximum speed (ft./min.)
950
Minimum speed (ft./min.)
400
Power Tool Features
No Tool Belt Change,Two Hand Grips
Product Weight (lb.)
8.22lb
Returnable
60-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Variable Speed
Yes

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed
Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase

Questions & Answers

Could you use this sander to refinish a 12 by 8 hardwood floor, or what would you recommend

I have a 12 by 8 bedroom that has harwood slats that need to be sanded, remove old paint, the old finish and some uneveness. Then I would stain and seal.
Asked by: ed
Absolutely NOT! Please disregard anyone telling you to use a 3 x 18 belt sander for sanding a floor of any type. This is truly beyond ignorant that anyone would tell you to do so. The right tool for the right job is one of the major rules, this is not the tool. Please visit any rental shop and they will steer you in the right direction, the information here seems quite the joke except for a few actual craftsmen.
Answered by: CopperMan
Date published: 2019-01-08

Does this sander come with a case or tote

I have bought other Rigid items and they have all come with their own case. This did not but i am sure if it was a returned item and maybe came back without it's bag
Asked by: Fairview
nope nothing and dont try to use it if your left handed the dust outlet will cut your hand up
Answered by: Frank
Date published: 2017-12-26

In lieu of using the dust collection bag, is is OK to attach a shop vac to collect the dust?

Asked by: dixiebooks
It's actually probably more efficient to attach a shop vac as opposed to the collection bag as you will save a lot of time. This machine works extremely well and consequently will fill the bag very rapidly.
Answered by: Greg
Date published: 2018-03-01

will this sander strip paint off of wood?

Asked by: j1055930
Yes, this belt sander is the best for rough sanding work strip painting. I usually use 120 - 240 grid sand paper for remove surface painthing.
Answered by: Ridgidbear
Date published: 2019-03-13
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Customer Reviews

6.5 Amp Corded 3 in. x 18 in. Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 550.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I did a little research and this Ridgid belt sander had pretty good reviews. It is rather q... I did a little research and this Ridgid belt sander had pretty good reviews. It is rather quiet for a belt sander and the adjustable speed was appealing and quite handy. The dust collection worked like a champ the first day. However, early into day two of my (probably two week) project, the dust was no longer getting sucked into the bag. It simply just collected in the machine hampering progress and needing to be shaken out every 30 seconds. For me, this is a deal breaker! Not to mention, the sanding belts would squeal a lot, as though it just needed to be adjusted / tightened a bit but with no way to do it. The belts would squeal without even applying hardly any pressure, so no, I wasn't trying to go for broke here folks. What a disappointment. I have quite a collection of tools but this would have been my first Ridgid product to be included in my gear. I say "would have" because I'm returning it to HD. Thank you Ridgid for wasting my valuable time.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Product held up under extreme use I had removed a carpet in a house I bought to find a nice hardwood floor covered with paint. I bought this product after renting a large sander which missed too much of the paint even though the floor is even. I was afraid it wouldn't hold up under the extreme use of hours of heavy use over three to four days. I went down to 40/50 sandpaper and it worked very well. It wasn't too heavy or big and I was able to go along the baseboard as well. I've never sanded a floor before and was relieved to be able to do it! I definitely recommend this product for sanding projects. Oh and I left the floor with a distressed look. I added some oil and it looks great! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the exhaust stopped working after the first day. The bag never filled up again. I was 2.5 hours away from Home Depot or I would have brought it in to find out what was going on. However, it didn't affect the sanding but I did have more dust on the floor. I stopped periodically to sweep it up.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have the last model of this (R2740), have used it heavily for the past 3 years for DIY and amat... I have the last model of this (R2740), have used it heavily for the past 3 years for DIY and amateur wood working (primarily wine barrel furniture) and I love it with one caveat. Any time I am removing a lot of material (e.g. layers of old finish or aggressive wood removal with 60 grit or rougher belts) the dust collection system tends to get clogged. And I wouldn't mind unclogging it if it was more accesible/you didn't have to tear into the tool to do so. Attaching it to a dust collection system dramatically helps in keeping it from clogging, but is rarely convenient for this type of tool and what I use it for. The newer model looks like it has a different dust bag and may well have a different dust collection system in it. If not, Ridgid please work on a more powerful dust collector and/or easier access to unclog the interior port where the belt pushes dust. Beyond that I love this tool and may even buy the newer model in hopes it's been improved. Plenty of power, variable speed is nice, constant on button is a must for my work, compact and nice to hold and use.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I originally purchased the RYOBI. It was cheapest option. The project was refinishing a 30' x 15'... I originally purchased the RYOBI. It was cheapest option. The project was refinishing a 30' x 15' deck. Less than half way through the job, one of the "plastic" rollers holding the belt melted. I went back to Home Depot and looked at the other options. The RIDGID was almost double the price but had aluminum rollers which will handle higher temperatures. Compared to the RYOBI, the RIDGID did a much better job of dust collection. I had a massive clean up after using the RYOBI. And automatic belt tracking is a key feature that everyone should look at before purchasing a sander. I wasted so much time with the tracking on the RYOBI. I had to make only one adjustment with the RIDGID and the rest of the project was tracking free. For twice the money you get a more reliable power tool.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Budget work horse. I first ordered a larger Reconditioned Bosch but when it arrived it still needed to be reconditioned, so it was returned (purchased not from Home Depot). My budget was limited and I needed to start my project, so I went to the local HD and bought the 3x18 Ridgid. I choice this ones because I wanted Heavy Duty and affordable with what generally was good reviews. I installed a front porch (6'x28') about 6 months ago and needed to sand the floor to paint it. Even though it was a new installation, the sun and weather took a toll on the floor and that needed a heavy sanding. The sander worked very good for it's size. I would have liked a larger and faster sander but did not want to spend more $. The tracking is adequate, I never lost a belt, nor ripped up a belt. If you need to edge sand I would recommend using a new belt and go slowly and lightly. I worked a few hours at a shot in the upper 80's weather. The sander runs warm, I took short intermittent brakes so as not to risk frying it, and had no issues. I would recommend this to someone who wants a smaller, easy to control sander.
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to refinish 4 beams it worked great the tool... Used to refinish 4 beams it worked great the tool ran for hours on end perfectly
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Within hours of using this the first time the dust bag stopped working and there was no way for m... Within hours of using this the first time the dust bag stopped working and there was no way for me to shake, scrape, pour or in any way get the collected dust out of the sander. Since I was sanding a deck outside I went ahead with my job and let the dust fly. Then the belt tracked to the right too much and ripped the paper, FIVE times. Five pieces of expensive sand paper made useless. I immediately wrote to the RIDGID Customer Service Department and asked how I could fix this. Their automated response says that a professional will get back to you within a day or two, and sometimes even the same day. NOT TRUE! Two weeks has passed and no one has gotten back to me. I do NOT recommend this product or this company.
Date published: 2019-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I've used a RIGID orbital sander and a RIGID sabre saw for years and have been impressed with the... I've used a RIGID orbital sander and a RIGID sabre saw for years and have been impressed with their quality and function. So I was surprised by this experience. I purchased one of these belt sanders and used it for about 2 hours before it stopped turning on. The motor hadn't sounded like it was straining but I checked to see if it was hot anyway...it was only warm. It worked well while it was running though. Dust pickup was outstanding. Took it back to the Home Depot store and they exchanged it for another new one. The second one ran for less than an hour before it stopped turning on. I returned the 2nd one to the store for a refund.
Date published: 2019-05-17
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