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

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  • 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

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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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.)
8.22
Returnable
60-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Variable Speed
Yes

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Lifetime Service Agreement with registration within 90 days of purchase

Questions & Answers

48Questions48Answers

Is it good floor sanding hardwood floors?

Asked by Trucker July 2, 2021
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Yes if your carful and take your time.

Can i use on outside deck

Asked by Dodo13 March 11, 2021
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Yes you can. Just watch out for nails and or screws that might be raised above the wood surface. And as always be aware that you are using an electric powered tool, stay away from wet conditions.

What are the dimensions of the sanding surface plate? i.e. it is 3" wide X how long?

Asked by MARK September 24, 2020
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It’s a belt so it wraps. It’s between 7.5-8 inches on the surface though.

what model is this unit

Asked by boat September 13, 2020
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Hi Boat, Thanks for your question. The model number for the RIDGID 6.5 Amp Corded 3 in. x 18 in. Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology is R27401. I hope this informations was helpful and we appreciate your interest in RIDGID! - Eve

How are yiu supposed to change the power cord when they are out of stock after Rigid discontinued manufacturing them?

Asked by Cameron August 21, 2020
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Go online and look for an exploded view of how to take it apart, or look in your owners manual.

Can I connect it to a shop vac?

Asked by Brandon August 11, 2020
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Hi Brandon, The RIDGID 6.5 Amp Corded 3 in. x 18 in. Heavy-Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander with AIRGUARD Technology R27401 has an onboard vacuum adaptor that fits a standard 1-1/4 in. hose for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment. I apologize for the delay in response and we appreciate your interest in RIDGID! - Eve

can it be run upside down

Asked by rich August 7, 2020
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It should run in any position you can hold it.

What is the replacement sanding belt that goes with this product?

Asked by Pam July 31, 2020
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It requires purchasing new belts

Is there a way to tighten the belt beyond the side lever?

Asked by Jeff April 22, 2020
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I've experienced the same problem but after further inspection, it seems to happen when dust builds up between the rollers and the sandpaper. Sand paper tends to stretch as well. There is no adjustment to tigten the rollers other than what is provided

Does this sander come with a belt of sand paper already in place?

Asked by James March 7, 2020
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Yes.

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Customer Reviews

  • 3.9
    out of 774 reviews
  • 72% recommend this product
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Failed After 1 Hour of Use
Shopping for a Belt Sander and this one caught my eye for the lifetime service agreement. This sander could have been the last one I would ever have to purchase. The cost was about twice that of sanders with similar power rating. This sander failed after about 1 hour of use. It sounded like a bearing failed, motor still worked but no belt movement. I do not review often and really hate to write a negative one. This sander had to be the one in 10,000 made that made it through all the QC checks. Whatever the reason this was my experience.
by BigDinNLV
1 person found this helpful
Broke right away.
Bought this sander for a renovation project. It broke within the first 10 minutes. It has now been sitting at a warranty repair shop for over three months. No sign of when the defective parts will be available. I have lost all confidence in Rigid tools! The renovation project has been on hold now for this length of time
by Kenneth
Works great and helped speed up the overall process. I could not have done it without this belt d...
Works great and helped speed up the overall process. I could not have done it without this belt dander
by Adam
1 person found this helpful
It has been a few years since using a belt sander and I was a bit concerned with the quality of a...
It has been a few years since using a belt sander and I was a bit concerned with the quality of a $100 belt sander... Well, I am happy to report this sander worked perfectly right out of the box. No issues with the belt, it stayed in place, and replacement was a breeze. I am very happy with the purchase. The dust collector worked pretty darn good too... Not as good as having a vacuum hose attached, but I am not complaining in the least. Very happy with the purchase and made my project go smoothly. Hopefully will be using it soon. It is a keeper and great for a homeowner that does not need to use on a daily basis. But I am sure it would hold up well for frequent use if the operator does not abuse it.
by Mike
3 people found this helpful
Love this. Unlike the other belt sanders I have used in the past, this one feels truly heavy duty...
Love this. Unlike the other belt sanders I have used in the past, this one feels truly heavy duty and like it will last. I use it mostly for sanding hardwoods and it's been great. The vacuum bad is pretty impressive for already coming with the body. Keep up the good work, Ridgid!
by Janine
2 people found this helpful
It sure did NOT meet my expectations. I bought this to sand paint off of my front door to repain...
It sure did NOT meet my expectations. I bought this to sand paint off of my front door to repaint it. Not only did it not do well, it DIED 45 minutes into the job. A CORDED power tool made specifically for sanding died doing a simple sanding job in under an hour. I buy and use Rigid tools. This one disappointed.
by HomeDepotCustomer
7 people found this helpful
right out of the box I liked the way the rubber grips felt, it made it very comfortable to use fo...
right out of the box I liked the way the rubber grips felt, it made it very comfortable to use for long periods of time, as for operating this sander I think the air, exhaust system on this thing could have been thought out better because after 10 - 15 minutes of use on oak slabs I had dust all over my work area and everything, and nothing in the bag, and I had to blow it out really good because it was plugged up. the thing that drew me to this sander was the lifetime warranty, to me that makes it worth it, just make sure that you stop every so often to blow it out, I know for some that might be a bit of an inconvenience, but I still recommend, Just like everything else if you take care of it, it will take care of you. the pictures will give you some idea of the kind of mess that it makes...
by busybeaver
2 people found this helpful
I burned out two other belt sanders (one Skill and one Black and Decker) but this rigid worked ex...
I burned out two other belt sanders (one Skill and one Black and Decker) but this rigid worked excellent for 8 hours with very little downtime. The auto tracking belt worked pretty good and changing the belt is very simple not to mention the lifetime warranty. So far so good.
by sweetexpressions
16 people found this helpful
Damaged prior to shipping
For the 1st time, I'm disappointed in Home Depot (online). Received my sander in a damaged box which was re-taped prior to shipment. Its clear the unit had been dropped multiple times due to both ends of the box were pushed in or crushed. This is NOT shipping damage, the tape is tight over the top of the damage and not conforming to the actual box damage shape. Returning unit to store, unopened, for exchange. I don't know if it will die 4 month from now due to the drops before I received it. If these are opened box or returns, it should be stated in description. If it's Home Depot's policy to ship damaged box products that would have been difficult to sell in a store (who would actual pick this one from a shelf), it should be stated in the description.
by Unhappy
13 people found this helpful
Great for Sign Finishing
I bought this belt sander for my wood sign project and it did a great job. It was very easy to use and I really liked the feature that allowed one to change sanding belts without tools - just flip a lever!
by DickB
9 people found this helpful
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