Model R2601


  • Best-in-class dust collection captures up to 90% of dust particles
  • Overmold on top and base offers the user comfort in multiple grip points
  • Electronic speed control from 7,000 to 12,000 RPM (no load speed)
  • Soft start and pad brake for a gouge free work piece
  • Through-body sealed slide switch for reliability and ease of use
  • Quick release dust bag for easy removal


Input 120V, 3 Amps
No Load Speed 7,000 – 12,000 OPM
Orbit Diameter 3/32”
Pad Size 5"
Vacuum Adaptor 2-1/2” and 1-1/4”
Tool Weight 3.5 lbs

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36883 R26011  5” Random Orbit Sander  Buy Now
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Sander, 2 Sheets 80 grit paper, dust bag, hook & loop pad, heavy duty contractor bag, and operator manual
Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by great product overal I've had many ridgid tools and this sander is a good one. It's outlsated many big box store sanders. November 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Worked great after repairs for service I purchased this 5" RO sander some time ago, and have had good luck with it on many projects. I started having problems with the sander slowing down, and randomly starting and stopping while sanding. I tried quite a few things to preclude user problems, and finally got an O.K. to send it in for service. The sander finally came back after several months, and was in top shape, having been repaired at the Ridgid Service center nearest me. We've been running it for several months now, and it performs like a champ, with hard sanding all day long. I'd buy another if needed + November 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sander works good - I bought another one for different grit I had my first Ridgid sander 4 years ago and then last year bought another on so I do not have to change grit all the time. Variable speed helps with controlling the amount of material taken at one time. Dust collection is good. Only problem is the on/off switch is located in a bad position so I inadvertly hit it at times. November 24, 2014
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unable to detach the old backing pad. The screws are plastic and have an hexagonal hole, I think. I have not been able to unscrew them. There are four screws, set below the flat surface of the pad, Are those the correct screws to turn to remove the old backing pad? Is there a special tool to unscrew the screws?
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Unfortunately, there are no detailed written procedures available for removing and replacing the R2601 sanders backing pad. It has four screws you remove, remove the old pad, the put the new pad in place, and re-install the screws. They should be tightened down securely.

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Mine has little metal screws and I used a flat head screwdriver, it seems to be a combination head screw but I could not tell if it was meant to take a torx or allen head wrench, I just stuck the screwdriver in the slot going across the entire head.
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