Rated 5 out of 5 by Short Great Sander
This is the second-smoothest running sander I've ever used next to my Festool, which cost me $200. I can't speak to the longevity as I just purchased it but it blows my old PC out of the water. I've read some negative comments about the power switch and vacuum hose hitting the work surface. Honestly, one shouldn't use a 2 1/2" vacuum hose in the first place. Too much vacuum actually makes the sander fight you. The smaller hoses clear the work surface easily, and I've never had a single problem with the power switch. So far it has been a great sander for me.
August 1, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by HBPhillie Has done the job for 5+ years and counting
I was looking to buy a 6 inch Rigid Sander and was discouraged by the bad reviews that it received... and a little confused. I have owned the 5 inch sander for almost 6 years and I thought I would look at it's reviews for comparison. This sander gets bad reviews so now I'm really confused because I already own this one and I know it's a good sander, it's my go-to sander. I've been woodworking for 30 years and bought this one to replace a Craftsman PSA sander and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It does everything that I expect it do and I've only replaced the pad once... I bought a new one and used the old one for cleaning rust w a piece of Scotch-Brite. The pads get kind of grimy w WD-40 when you do this and you don't want to sand a nice piece of wood with it.
I would give this sander 5-stars if it fetched me a Beer but it only gets 4 stars because it does what I bought it for. I don't believe in giving a tool 5 stars for doing what it's supposed to do.
Bottom line.... this guy has been a very good shop tool and I expect it to keep chugging along.
May 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bowdude66 Excellent tool But Ridgid is starting to slack off on features.
This sander is everything I wanted and operated without a flaw. I'm starting to wonder though if Ridgid is starting to slack off on quality. The other electric Ridgid tools have nice long rubber coated cordes and lighted plugs with Velcro cord wraps, not this one. Whats going on guys? you are starting to worry me !
July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Diablo Great, reliable quality tool
I am a professional wood worker and I bought this sander in 2010 and have put this thing through the ringer with heavy use and abuse, not one single problem ever except that I finally wore out the sanding pad, I figured it was cheaper and faster for me to buy a replacement pad at Home Depot for $14 than have it in service for any amount of time. If you let the tool do the work for you (the instruction manual even says do not apply pressure, let the tool do work for you or you can damage the bearing and motor) and use good sandpaper you can not go wrong with this sander. I have done thousands of great refinishing and repair jobs with this sander with out a single issue.
February 27, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by MossGaBoss Just didn't last
I am not a heavy duty user of power sanders. I would say in the past year the total time spent with this sander would be less than 5 hours. It stopped vibrating when I started hooking it up to my Rigid shop vac to keep the dust down in the garage. Now when I start it, it simply spins with no vibration at all. With quality such as that I will purchase a different brand when this tool gets replaced. Yes, there is a warranty, but I like most Americans did not register my product when purchased. Guess I learned my lesson.
January 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jessmc76 Great multi-use tool
I have very small hands, so finding tools that I can use with proper grip/control isn't always easy. This sander is the perfect size! Excellent sander for many uses. I've used it for detail work re-finishing hardwood floors and stairs, so far, but it's going to be fantastic for furniture as well.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by milburnton 5 inch random orbit sander
Have used this sander for several years.The first one lasted for about 6 months and quit.Sent it back and i was sent a new one and up till now it is still working fine.I use it in a hobbyst work shop at my home.
November 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by bonner Great sander, but frequently fails
When this sander is working, it is great. The two different grip options are both comfortable and easy to use. Dust collection is great too, even with the standard dust bag.
However, the switch has failed on this unit twice in 14 months of use, the second one within 4 months of the first repair. Thankfully, the lifetime warranty will cover the work but the frequent downtime is not good.
November 24, 2014