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Forum topic by BobinSachse posted 01-08-2019 03:02 PM 889 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BobinSachse

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01-08-2019 03:02 PM

I bought this one used a few years ago and used it once or twice with limited success. Last night, I decided to give it a thorough go-over. Turns out I didn’t get everything that is supposed to be with the sander. One part that is missing is the fan. I looked for replacement parts and Rigid no longer makes it. I called Rigid support and they are worthless. I was told to go elsewhere. They don’t make the part anymore. I know that they have not made this part for many years now. I asked “what now. you stopped making a part for your product and now left your customers hanging.” their answer was to look elsewhere and they couldn’t help me.

So, anyone have one of these and had the fan break? I understand that is a common problem. If so, what is a work around, since the spindles won’t fit properly with the fan missing.

Thanks!!

-- Bob Y.


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Grumpymike

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#1 posted 01-08-2019 05:31 PM

I have found thru the years that Grainger sells many items that replace allot of OEM parts … Takes a bit of searching, but worth the hunt.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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BobinSachse

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#2 posted 01-08-2019 06:31 PM

Great idea, but unfortunately a “Swing and a Miss….” They don’t carry any replacement parts for this tool.


I have found thru the years that Grainger sells many items that replace allot of OEM parts … Takes a bit of searching, but worth the hunt.

- Grumpymike


-- Bob Y.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 01-08-2019 06:49 PM

I looked up the diagram to see the fan you’re talking about. I’ve been inside my sander a couple times, but I guess I never realized that was a fan. It doesn’t look like a dust collection part, so it must be to cool the motor.

My guess is that as long as you have a dust collector hooked up to it, there will be plenty of airflow to cool the motor.

What specific performance issue are you having with your sander? I’ve found mine to be one of the most useful tools in the shop. Maybe one could rig up a spacer so the spindles fit correctly.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BobinSachse

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#4 posted 01-08-2019 07:11 PM

The nut on top of the spindle won’t completely tighten.

What is the thickness of that fan part? I can rig up a spacer of sorts as you mentioned.

I have read on reviews that if you don’t regularly clean that area out, you can break that fan, and if you don’t have on, it is even more important to clean it frequently.

I do need a couple of other parts, but they’re not discontinued, so I can get them from Rigid or another company…..

Thanks!!


I looked up the diagram to see the fan you re talking about. I ve been inside my sander a couple times, but I guess I never realized that was a fan. It doesn t look like a dust collection part, so it must be to cool the motor.

My guess is that as long as you have a dust collector hooked up to it, there will be plenty of airflow to cool the motor.

What specific performance issue are you having with your sander? I ve found mine to be one of the most useful tools in the shop. Maybe one could rig up a spacer so the spindles fit correctly.

- pintodeluxe


-- Bob Y.

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Chad_B

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#5 posted 01-08-2019 07:56 PM

i have this sander, my fan is present and working. I wonder if you could just use a large washer and cut a notch in the bottom of the washer to go over the little pegs sticking out of the shaft? this would allow you to tighten the top nut? use a dremel tool to cut the notches?

Just brainstorming for ya

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Chad_B

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#6 posted 01-08-2019 07:57 PM

i was just watching a video on the sander on youtube and mine seems to be way under powered compared to the ones on youtube, i also bought mine used, i think i will be taking it apart and seeing whats wrong. Mine spins very slow, I actually dont use it much because of the slow speed.

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BobinSachse

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#7 posted 01-08-2019 08:36 PM

I have a fried with a 3D printer. If I could get come pictures and measurements, I could probably get some made…..


i have this sander, my fan is present and working. I wonder if you could just use a large washer and cut a notch in the bottom of the washer to go over the little pegs sticking out of the shaft? this would allow you to tighten the top nut? use a dremel tool to cut the notches?

Just brainstorming for ya

- Chad_B


-- Bob Y.

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Chad_B

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#8 posted 01-08-2019 10:32 PM

I can do that when I get home tonight.

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BobinSachse

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#9 posted 01-09-2019 01:25 PM

Cool!1 that would be great!!


I can do that when I get home tonight.

- Chad_B


-- Bob Y.

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Oldschoolguy

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#10 posted 01-09-2019 01:49 PM

Just my 2 cents. I’m from the old school. Periodic preventative maintenance will go a long way in keeping your tools working.

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BobinSachse

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#11 posted 01-09-2019 03:23 PM

I agree completely. Too bad the guy I bought this tool from didn’t see it that way.


Just my 2 cents. I m from the old school. Periodic preventative maintenance will go a long way in keeping your tools working.

- newbie65


-- Bob Y.

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JRsgarage

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#12 posted 01-09-2019 08:17 PM

I don’t have this sander but I think Grizzly and Wen have similar units…maybe contact them and see if their parts will fit.

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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BobinSachse

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#13 posted 01-09-2019 08:57 PM

Grizzly has one, but it is like the newer model. Rigid redesigned the sander and doesn’t have the fan set up like the model I have. I’m gonna either have to rig something or with enough pics and measurements, have one made….

Thanks for the suggestion!!

-- Bob Y.

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Steve

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#14 posted 01-09-2019 10:37 PM

one square is 1”

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BobinSachse

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#15 posted 01-09-2019 10:52 PM

Thank you!! How thick is it and how tall are the “fins”?


one square is 1”

- Steve


-- Bob Y.

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