Ridgid Oscillating Sander (Motor hard starting problem)

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Blog entry by woodshaver Tony C posted 12-31-2017 03:02 PM 8310 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our daughter-in-law gave our son a Christmas gift (2017) of a Ridgid Oscillating Sander from Home Depot.

Motor won’t start every time and if it does start it’s slow starting and strains a bit before starting.

Same problem with the motor/solenoid that I had after buying 3 and returning them a few years ago. I found the reason why the motor would sometimes not start and then end up smoking if you didn’t turn it off immediately.
Watch this youtube video that I found…. it shows the reason why this is a problem and the fix to make the sander work correctly. The MOTOR is not the problem....

I removed the 18 gauge wire counting each turn as I removed it from the solenoid. I bought a roll of 18 gauge magnet wire and rewound the same amount of turn back onto the solenoid and then added 25 more (tight)turns of this wire to make the solenod magnetic throw more powerful. You’ll need a soldering gun, solder, and flux to solder the wire back onto the solenoid terminals.
There is plenty of space for the extra windings. No wire has been added to the one you see here.

Now when I hit the switch the sander kicks right on every time without hesitation. Hope this help anyone with this problem.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 12-31-2017 03:12 PM

Great info Tony, I have that very same unit, 3 to 4 years now, only I don’t use the belt, I just use it for the spindle, so far no issues.


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#2 posted 12-31-2017 04:13 PM

Great info to the sufferers of this poorly wired solenoid Tony. You would think that something like this would have been corrected by the manufacturer long ago.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 04:31 PM

Thanks for your help with this dad.

-- Alan - Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 12-31-2017 05:24 PM

Tony, A man of all trades! Happy New Year sir! Good information! Hope I remember it as I have one I purchased off eBay but have yet to mess with it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-31-2017 05:30 PM

Good information Tony since I have the same make spindle sander. No problems with mine so far thank goodness!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 12-31-2017 07:43 PM

Glad to hear no one has had this trouble with their sanders. Maybe this fix will help anyone that does!
My son was a bit upset when he plugged the sander in and it didn’t work. It’s a good sander when it’s working and no one makes a Belt/Spindle sander combo like this Rigid unit; so I told him… let’s find a way to get this working right. You got to love YouTube. Many thanks to Mark Reis and his YouTube video that help me find the fix for this unit.

Happy New Year to you all!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 01-01-2018 03:17 AM

You are a legend Mate.
I wish You, Carol and all your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Thanks for sharing this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 01-01-2018 03:49 AM

Good fix. Those are great sanders, I was just using mine tonight.

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2018 04:03 AM

I don’t own that sander but good information to pass along to anyone in need.
Happy new Year to you and Carol. Time for some of that palm juice. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 01-02-2018 05:05 PM

You should not have to fix a new machine. If the manufacture will not replace or repair the machine, demand your money back and buy from a different manufacturer. How can it be a great machine if you have to rewire parts.

-- It isn't always about being fast or even accurate that counts, it's being willing

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#11 posted 01-20-2020 12:38 PM

Yup! But sometimes you got to take the low road!

Sure the machine is not great if it doesn’t work. Going through the manufacture sometimes takes a great deal of moves to get the problem fixed then you wait for something to come in the mail and it’s most likely coming from China.
Oh! And you just may get the same problem part again!

I think I took the right path to fix this problem!

In this case we were up and running in no time! Now it’s a great machine for us anyway!

PS. No other manufacture sells this type of machine that has a belt and spindle set up.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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