Ridgid and Dewalt 5 in Random Orbit Sander Review

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Review by kosta posted 09-27-2010 02:11 PM 17131 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Episode 79 Dewalt and Ridgid Sander Comparison from kostas workshop on Vimeo.

In this episode I compare and review the Dewalt 5 in random orbit sander and the Ridgid 5 in random orbit sander. Both sanders cost around $60 so they are in the same price category. I have used the Dewalt random orbit sander since may of 2008 and so far it has worked pretty good. I have used the ridgid random orbit sander for about 5 weeks and so far its been working really good.

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 05:39 PM

Nice review Kosta!

I’ve had the older version of the Ridgid for years and it still is a reliable machine. I actually got a second one so I could have it at home as well as at work. As you said in your video, the rubber overmolding makes it really comfortable when sanding for extended periods.


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#2 posted 09-28-2010 01:41 AM

I have a Porter-Cable 343K random orbit sander, I find it vibrate more than I would consider it normal. I haven’t tried these two. Which of these two would you say vibrate more?

Makita BO5030K random orbit sander I also tried. When you lift up the sander, it will start spinning full speed. It sands fine, but when you take it off the work-piece, it starts spinning so fast that you can’t put it back down without creating sander scratches.

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 03:40 AM

Thanks for the review.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 01:37 AM

I would definitely say the dewalt. its shakes like hell. I know exactly what your talking about when you pick the sander up and it spins at full speed. I was using 60 grit to sand a panel about 3 months ago and every time I would put the dewalt down to start sanding a cloud of dust would shoot out from the side.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 12:17 AM

Thanks for the review Kosta. I only had a finishing sander and even with 60 grit it wouldn’t remove much material, as expected I guess. I looked at the Ridgid sander a few weeks ago and purchased it this morning after watching this review. It works great and feels really comfortable. I held some others as well and Ryobi had one that had your hand in a vertical position, which I could see becoming uncomfortable very quickly so I passed right on that one. DeWalt’s wasn’t terrible, but the Ridgid’s extra cushioning is nice. Ridgid also had a 6inch model which was even more comfortable but it was $50 more so I went with the 5.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 05:44 PM

I also thank you for the review, Kosta. Because of your review I have been saying I needed the unit and my wife got it for me for Valentine’s day (yesterday). I have just tried it on a 2×6 with the provided 80 grit and it seemed great. I didn’t notice much vibration at all (but this is the only orbital hand sander I’ve used). In three passes over the 2×6 it took a lot of the roughness off. I had it hooked up to my 2-1/2 in vac and didn’t see any dust. I think it’s going to be a great tool (and I seem to be getting a number of Ridgid items).

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 07:28 AM

yeah this sander has really good dust collection

after sanding this panel for 2 minutes on each side with 100 ... on Twitpic

This is after sanding this panel for 2 min with 100 grit sand paper.

I dont care what anybody says but Ridgid sanders have really ... on Twitpic

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 04:55 PM

That’s a good pile of dust!

Oh yeah – and the unit has a lifetime warranty to boot!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#9 posted 02-17-2011 05:08 AM

yeah thats one of the best things about ridgid tools is their lifetime warranty

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 04:11 AM

I’ve had the ridgid 5” orbital sander for 2 years. I would say that I’ve put about 80 – 100 hours on it and it was fine up until about a week ago. Yesterday it started to bog down and when I shut it off, it was smoking and there was a boiling sound coming from inside. I’m very disappointed and because it was a gift, I had no receipt and it wasn’t registered for warranty. My loss. I’ll shop for a different brand next.

I also have a ridgid 12” compound mitre saw. I love the deck and the mechanics of the mitre, but the saw cuts a slightly circular cut, which renders it useless for the fine woodworking I need it for. I also have a Bosch 12” sliding mitre, which is flawless. The warranty repair shop returned my Ridgid saw to me, saying that the laser was out of adjustment, as if this somehow is the reason it cuts crooked. (I have no use for the laser anyway). A little disappointed in Ridgid right now.

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