Rated 1.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cyclone Disappointing
I own several of Ridgid's power tools. For the money they all perform well. Their 5" sander is disappointing. I've had one for two years, I use it rarely and it no longer works. I would understand it if I used it for commercial purposes, but I use it maybe four times a year.
February 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by wsmiller Quit on me after one day!
I bought a Ridgid table saw about 5 years ago and it has been great in every aspect. I recently purchased several other products, but it is too soon to say how well they perform. The 5" orbit sander was doing great the first day, but the on-off switch is a little difficult to move. On the second day the sander quit working altogether and I am not sure why. I thought maybe it was the switch since it did not feel or appear to be overheated. When I turned on the sander it had a delayed start so maybe it was the switch. I will know more when I try out the new one. If it reacts the same way then maybe there is a design flaw.
January 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by puddletownwoodworking Bearing Failure
I've been professionally using this sander since it first came to market. The I/O switch was ALWAYS a problem, however because it worked so well I was willing to ignore that issue. Then Ridgid decided to redesign the switch and they thought it a good idea to also re design the bearing, I surmise to increase the dust collection. It did increase the dust collection (however so slightly) but now the bearings get clogged with dust. Too bad that in their re design they didn't re design the bearing seals. I installed a first gen bearing on the newly designed model and (using a shop vac for dust extraction) the sander works great without clogging the bearings.
October 19, 2013