Ridgid Belt Sanders are the perfect companion while sanding wood and other materials largely during finishing purposes. They are aggressive work horses working seamlessly with a circular belt which is driven by the encased motor. There is a loop of sandpaper which is tightly attached and centered on the circular belt all along the stretch. Our carpenters, wood workers, cabinet makers all find them useful.
These Belt Sanders are one of the few manufacturers providing both Hand-held and the Stationary Belt Sanders. The Hand held Belt sander moves over the material whereas in the stationary model, the material moves according to the sanding belt. The Stationary belt sanders work with a disc sander and are mounted on a work bench. Their usage pertains to sanding metals especially aluminum.
Belt Sanders work furiously to remove stained paint from wooden cabinetry, help with old wood and can smooth wood. Ridgid Belt Sanders often arrive with variable speed which helps in slowing down sanding processes and also stopping it when required during finishing work. Let us analyze some of their hand-held models available:
3 "×18" belt sander: Picks up dust effectively with its twin fan high efficiency dust collection which has one fan for cooling the motor and the other for collecting dust. The 12 foot rubber cord with cord wrap is convenient and durable.
The variable speed dial, 6.5 amp motor and automatic belt tracking to adjust belt to the center of platen are some of its handy features. The Tool-free belt release feature is good to change belts faster. The flush sanding use enabling it to be used vertically needs mention. The dust collection system works amazingly to collect large dust.
3 "× 21" ridgid belt sander: This model is a powerful workhorse indeed with its 10amp motor which is belt and gear driven, adding power and durability. The variable speed matches with speed. The 3 position pommel handle provides great comfort. This model has die cast construction making it durable. Flush sanding for the vertical surfaces is a useful feature. They have accessible brushes for quicker service. The belt tracking could be adjusted finely for the perfect alignment.
Among the stationary Belt Standers category, the oscillating edge belt/spindle sander is their only product. This product combine edge belt and spindle sanding into one tool. It has a ball bearing construction which helps for long life. The oscillating motion helps while doing burn-free finishes on edges, faces, contours and inside and outside curves. The Tool converts from Belt to spindle are automatic and quick. To sand bevel edges, the table tilts between 0-48 degrees. This tool includes 4 "× 24" belt, user friendly features like soft-touch knobs, hose adaptors etc.
Many carpenters who work especially in wood stripping of kayaks and canoes appreciate the sanding angles and bevels. The multipurpose aspect also is much appreciated. Though there are people who don't like the noise and the bevel action.
Ridgid power tools make one of the most reliable sanders in the market without doubt!