Rated 1 out of 5 by Jarred420 Same issue as all the others
I purchased this product to replace the DeWalt model I borrowed from my father. Never have I been so unhappy with a RIDGID product. The front sandpaper holder is WORTHLESS, it holds coarse grit sandpaper OK for a while but it wont hold really fine grit paper AT ALL. Now its down to being very little better than a corded paperweight. I will be replacing this with a different brand very soon. This is very sad as I tend to be very loyal to RIDGID in all my tools i.e. Currently owned, Belt Sander, Random Orbital, 1/4 sheet pad, 3 piece air compressor, 1/2 inch 18 volt compact drill, 1/2 inch 18 volt hammer drill, 18 volt X4 impact driver, 18 volt X5 impact Driver. I feel that RIDGID needs to make a design change ASAP for the hold down or they wont be able to sell any sanders at all.
March 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by dsoro78 Avoid - Faulty Product
As per all other reviews here, this sander works great for a few hours of use. After 10hrs or so, the front clip will stop holding sandpaper rendering it essentially useless.
A secondary, but minor, issue is the sawdust collector. It doesn't work at all.
The sander did perform well before this issue, but DO NOT BUY, as the front sandpaper holding clip is essential.
This sander is now a useless piece of equipment, and I'm hoping it will be replaced, as it's clearly a design defect.
For reference: My entire tool collection is Rigid. All other products I own from the company are excellent. I've also used them 10x more than this sander, and they are bombproof. This is the ugly duckling of the product line
January 10, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by billyfaith Same problem as most people the sand paper will not hold in the front clip anymore.
I would like rigid to respond to all the complaints about the sand paper not holding in the front clip anymore. Is this a defect? Will they stand by their product and send out a complimentary replacement part? Thank you.
December 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by tiabos front clip doesnt hold sand paper
we used the sander about 3-4 years ago for about 10 hours.
we decided to use it again this year and it won't hold sand paper on front of unit the back holds well but not the front.
start sanding and it kicks out the paper.
also you can't find any paper with holes.
I have a Makita and they gave you a hole punch for the sander.
this one didn't give you that.
October 30, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by whereisthesandpaper Nice idea, poor execution - no one carries perforated sand paper - not even Ridgid website!!!
Nice idea of a sander with perforated sand paper. Worked great for the 3 sample sheets...
Lowes doesn't carry more sand paper for this with perforations in it...
Home Depot doesn't carry more sand paper...
Ridgid's Own Website doesn't list any...
WTH What the heck is going on????
Disappoined and project undone...
March 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by davehal9000 Forth one and still fails me
I first encountered Ridgid's non-plumbing related power tools during a stint working at Home Depot. They got outstanding reviews from customers so when it came time to buy a sander I grabbed this model.
It worked great for about a year, then it wouldn't hold the paper anymore. Tried various tricks of the trade but eventually nothing worked.
Being a Home Depot employee I was able to take it back and get a new one. The new one didn't last as long as the first. I took it back and got another. I'd bought several other Ridgid power tools on the meantime and figured the sander was a fluke. In short order this sander failed as well.
Luckily I'd saved the box and all the needed paperwork this time. I moved and wasn't working at Home Depot anymore so I had to handle things the "right" way. Our new local Home Depot made arrangements to have it repaired at an approved repair facility. Once again it lasted about a year.
Tonight it failed me for the last time. I'm going to look briefly online to see if there's a real fix at this point but I'm done with Ridgid sanders. I won't buy another and wouldn't recommend anyone else do so.
December 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by tonzellia Great sander.
I had this sander for several years it is a great sander, but the sandpaper occasionally comes off; this is a problem with several different Palm sanders I own because the spring don't have enough tension. I gave it a 4. Star because ridgid is my favorite brand and I just roll the end of the sandpaper and tuck it and it works great for hours.
November 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by budman98 Great little tool
Works great. Does as expected. No problems with it at all sanding new cabinets.
November 27, 2014