You need this if you sand inside curves

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Review by ferstler posted 11-24-2008 09:38 PM 11632 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This device is no longer in production, but used models might show up here and there. It had a list price of $99 when it was available new, and I lucked out and got the last display model at my local Home Depot for sixty-seven bucks.

The top is cast iron, the rotational speed is 2000 rpm, and the oscillating range is 5/8 inch. The motor draws 3.5 amps and the weight is 49 pounds. The metal spindle is 1/2 inches in size and while it will hold a sanding sleeve that diameter you also have four rubber spindles in sizes up to 3 inches. The unit also has throat plates to accommodate the assorted spindles, and there is a really good 2.5-inch dust-collecting port on the back. This works very well, and even though the unit is located inside of my shop, when I run a hookup hose through an open window to my dust collector on my exterior deck (the collector blows the dust out into my “natural” back yard) very little dust gets into the shop interior.

Home Depot no longer sells sleeves for this device, but you can get all you need by simply ordering the things from Grizzly. In addition, the original Ryobi versions were only available in multi-grit sets, whereas Grizzly will sell you sleeves in any grit type you want, in any quantity.

This unit does not have a tilting table like the more upscale Ridgid version, nor can you hook up a belt attachment, as with the Ridgid. However, it does take 3-inch sleeves (the Ridgid tops out at 2 inches), and the motor drive assembly seems bulletproof. I have used it quite a bit, and it does some jobs that no other tool I have could do. A device like this might sit unused for some time as projects come and go, but when you need to do interior contour sanding it can save the day.

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 12:05 AM

I have this unit and use it often, it’s a very nice unit for the price.
Thanks for the advice on getting the sleeves from Griz.!

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#2 posted 11-27-2008 08:20 AM

So many times I wanted to buy one of these and never did : ( My friend has the DELTA version but rarely uses it although he likes it when he does need it . I might get one of those RIDGID models , but I’ll have to do some more research on them first .

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 01:14 AM

Though the Ryobi is out of productions, if you have a Menards close-by, you can get a similar model there at reasonable price. Menards handles the PerformaX brand. I have used mine quite a bit, and it is well worth the $110 I paid for it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 01:43 AM

I like having the belt plus a range of sizes on the Rigid model.
I think the smaller foot print of having two units (Belt and spindle) in one station is well worth the extra $ in foot steps alone.
p.s. the Rigid has a vac attachment.


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#5 posted 05-12-2009 05:28 AM

im trying to pick one of those up because i dont want to pay like $300 for that jet or $800 for the clayton. I have used the triton before but it didnt feel right

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 05:40 AM

I’m with Bob the Ridgid has both spindles and a oscillating belt that can’t be found any were else for under $1200 of course that’s a much larger unit than the Ridgid @ $ 199 a couple of my students have one and love it.


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#7 posted 03-12-2011 09:46 PM

I have a Ryobi for sale with all the sleeves and spools on a stand.
The box type insulated stand is large enough to hold a vacuum.
All for sale$50.00

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