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6" Random Orbit Sander


6" Random Orbit Sander


The RIDGID 6 in. Variable-Speed Dual Random Orbit Sander features electronic variable speed control of 4000-10,000 OPM (no load speeds) to maintain constant speed and power under load applications. Its soft-start motor gradually increases the speed of the sander to provide an even finish. Its onboard vacuum adapter fits standard 1-1/4 or 2-1/2 in. hoses for a cleaner, virtually dust-free work environment.

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  • Lifetime Service Agreement - This tool is backed by the industry’s only lifetime service agreement, simply register within 90 days of purchase for free parts, free service for life.
  • 2 Position / Removable Front Pommel Handle - For superior ergonomics and flush sanding capability
  • Electronic Variable Speed Control - 4,000-10,000 OPM (no load speeds)
  • Dual Random Orbit Settings - 1/8" for fine finishing or 1/4" for aggressive stock removal
  • Powerful 4.0 Amp Soft Start Motor - Provides gradual acceleration and consistent power for a more even finish
  • Integrated Brake Pad - For a gouge-free workpiece
  • Micro Fiber™ Hook and Loop Backing Pad - For quick and easy paper changes
  • Ergonomic Soft Grip Handle - For added comfort and decreased vibration
  • On Board Vac Adaptor - Fits 1 1/4" or 2 1/2" hoses for a cleaner / virtually dust-free work environment
  • 8 Foot All Rubber Cord with Cord Wrap - For added durability and convenience
  • Hex Grip™ - Enhanced micro-texture for secure grip and maximum user comfort


Input 4 Amps.
No Load Speeds 4,000 - 10,000 r/min
Orbit Diameter 1/4 in. and 1/8 in.
Tool Weight 6 lb.
Includes R26111 Sander, Three Sheets of 80 Grit Sandpaper, Cloth Dust Bag, Hex Key, Front Pommel Handle Assembly, and Operator’s Manual.

Ordering Information

Catalog Number Model No. Description
23963 R26111  6" Random Orbit Sander  Buy Now
6" Random Orbit Sander is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 14.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5yrs with no issues I have owned several orbital sanders over the years, popular name brands all. This is the best and most durable and efficient one to date. After 5yrs of use, it still preforms as new. The ONLY issue I have had is with the adapter for the dust collection/shop vac hose. I had to "fiddle with it a few times for it to stay in place during operation in the higher speeds.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rigid refuses to acknowledge or repair pad issues I read the reviews and bought the sander anyway. I wrote to Rigid customer service about the reviews believing they could see what I saw n the reviews and realize there was a defective pad pattern. I was told by Tim there is no noted problem with the pad and Tim sent me an extra pad. Good thing. I was using the sander on a small table. Using light pressure as they have blamed users for the misuse in some replies. After about four total hours of use of this brand new sander I went to change the grit and pulled the sandpaper from the hook and loop....or i thought. I actually pulled the hook and loop pad away from the pad itself. I don't know if it's a glue issue or what. I replaced the pad easy enough, but can't believe Rigid doesn't believe there's a problem with the pad. The sander jumps around a bit but I can work with it. I don't get it, everyone is saying you have an issue with the pad, but you won't fix it.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my R2611 sander. It has proven to perform very well and is very rugged. I purchased my R26111 sander about 15 years ago. I have used it for many many hours for extended periods of time. The pad did come apart last year but after all the hours of use that did not surprise me. I have never had a problem finding various grit 6" disks from 40 to 1500 grit. I was bummed today when the bolt that connects the motor to the pad sheared off but nothing lasts forever. I would like to get the part and repair the sander if I can figure out how to get the broken bolt out. I would expect to get a few more hundred/thousand hours out of it.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't last Same as most everyone else, short time, then coming apart, but a step further...Replaced broken backer pad, and 2 weeks later small bolt connecting pad orbital assembly to motor sheared off inside. HD no help on return, have to wait however many weeks for a maybe repair, or buy a new sander. Guess what I'm doing. Bummed, thought upgrading to this brand was going to take things to the next level. Don't purchase if you need a sander more than a few months.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Premature failure - can't get parts The backing pad came apart after ~20 hours of use. There is no way to order the part 305189001. This is the second Ridgid power tool that has failed prematurely.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not enough grit availablity Make more heavier grit paper for this machine. 36/ 40/ 50 grit paper would be really helpful, especially given the price of this palm sander.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from this sander could be great if the pad wouldn't wear down so fast I'm on my 3rd or fourth one so far and the backing pad either wears out or completely breaks off after a few uses. I don't know why Rigid won't redesign . The main inner shaft is only attached by 1 tiny screw which can't handle the force and therefore the backer pad always breaks off. I think it's time to switch to Festool after all you get whatcha pay for ! All their power tools are gear driven too
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You will be amazed! Yes, You will be absolutely amazed at just how fast this sander can help you finish a job, just how fast Ridgid will accept your hard earned dollar and just how fast Ridgid won't stand behind their name. I've been a Ridgid brand tools supporter for years now, they have helped me earn my living and support my family. I showed Ridgid my support with every dollar I "Invested" in my tools. This sander has a design defect in my opinion, and it has been giving this sander an unfair handicap because Ridgid won't fix it, but they sure will be happy to take more of your money to sell you a replacement. "Don't bother looking for the part where you purchased the tool.... It's not there." The hook and loop pad fails under normal use almost quicker then you can get through a stack of sanding discs. I've purchased Ridgid tools for years now, and I make my living by depending on them to last. I didn't bother reading the reviews on this sander first because "it's a Ridgid" it'll last.... It feels nice in the hand, it's got great looks and other guys will be in envy when they see it work that wood. It'll be the same old story though, they got your money and you will be left wondering how it happened. At least you get to keep all your stuff this time....... As you can see in the picture, "There was only one brand for me"
Date published: 2015-02-17
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Why do the sanding pads not adhere to the Hook and Loop Backing Pad?

The sanding pads I was able to get stopped adhering to the Hook and Loop Backing Pad about half way through sanding the wood on my deck. Help? Also, I could not find 6-hole pads, only 8-hole so the holes on the pads do not line up with the Hook and Loop Backing Pag holes. Is that usual?
Asked by: MartyWill
I have never had a problem finding the correct pads. Our local HD has them. My pads adhere so strongly after many hours of use that I almost need pliers to get them off. The dust control system works when the holes are lined up properly.
Answered by: Jaybo
Date published: 2017-09-06

Is there a vac adapter for this sander?

Asked by: JoeTheWelder
You can hook up a vacuum to where the bag attaches.
Answered by: RIDGIDPowerTools
Date published: 2018-02-12
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