|Item Weight||4.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12.9 x 7.9 x 5.4 inches|
|Item model number||R2501|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||bare-tool; attachments|
|Warranty Description||Limited Three Year Warranty and 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee Policy; Lifetime Service Agreement|
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Ridgid R2501 1/4 Sheet Sander
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- AirGuard technology provides best in class dust collection of up to 90 percent
- Quick release dust bag allows for quick and easy cleaning
- On board vacuum adaptor for easy vacuum hook up
- Easy load system allows for easy and quick paper change
- Permanent Magnet Motor maintains constant speed and power under load
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The RIDGID 1/4 Sheet Sander features a powerful 2.4 Amp and easy-load system to quickly clamp paper tightly and securely. For added convenience, the onboard vacuum adaptor fits standard 1-1/4 in. or 2-1/2 in. hoses. And, for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment, the AIRGUARD on-board active dust collection system collects up to 90% of dust.
From the Manufacturer
Ridgid R2501 1/4 Sheet Sander is equipped with AirGuard technology to provide best-in-class dust collection of up to 90-percent. The quick release dust bag allows for quick and easy cleaning. This sander has an on board vacuum adaptor for easy vacuum hook up, as well as an easy load system that allows for easy and quick paper changes. The permanent magnet motor maintains constant speed and power under load. This sander features an overmold soft grip with an improved ergonomic grip for user comfort, and a 12-foot cord with a lighted plug to easily identify live tools. It comes with three sheets sand paper (120, 180 and 220 grit), paper punch, Operator’s Manual, and heavy duty contractor bag. Specs: Input - 2.4 Amp motor; No Load Speed - 14,000 OPM; Orbit Diameter - 1-1/16 inch; Vacuum Adaptor - 2-1/2 inch and 1-1/4 inch; Tool Weight - 3.5 pounds.
Top Customer Reviews
For the coarser paper that the unit can hold, the machine works quite well and I am satisfied with the speed, quality of the sanded surface, effectiveness of the dust collector, handling of the sander, and convenience of the opposing "on" and "off" buttons.
Definitely not recommended until the front clamp is fixed.
There are two problems with the front clamp. First, there is a plastic surface sitting on the sand paper. Second, when the plastic wears down a bit, as it must with many paper changes, the clamp falls backward and lands against the housing. With the clamp mostly resting on the housing and putting only a little pressure on the sandpaper, the sandpaper (especially high grit paper) is prone to pop out. When the sandpaper pops out while the sander is running it puts that much more wear on the plastic clamp surface. It looks like the clamp will fail when the plastic wears down only about 0.015" or 0.020" Now that I understand the problem better, it is not surprising that the popout problem first appears on the thinner, higher grit paper.
I have changed the paper a few hundred times, but I expected the sander to last a lot longer than that.
Most of the other brands of sander use a metal wire clamp. All these designs are very similar.
I made a trip to both HD and Lowes carrying my own 1/4 sheet of 600 grit paper. I tested my 1/4 sheet on all the sanders I could at both stores. All the brands with metal wire clamps held the 600 grit paper well, and looked like they would give a very long life. These brands with metal wire clamps included DeWalt, Mikita, Ryobi, Black & Decker, and Porter Cable.
Only this Rigid sander and, I think, the Bosch sander have a plastic surface pressing on the sand paper aa part of their clamp design. Unfortunately I could not test the Bosch.
In any case, I am now considering only sanders with metal wire clamps.
The clamping mechanism is not sufficient enough to hold non-adhesive paper to the unit, so it comes off immediately.
Unless your intent is to use a sander on rare occasions for very small jobs, you will save money in the long run by purchasing a better designed sander which might cost 2x the price. Adhesive paper is very expensive.