The Ryobi Random Orbit Sander Makes Your Refinishing Projects Easy
For me, sanding is one of those jobs I truly enjoy. In fact, I find it quite therapeutic, albeit a little tough on the hands after a while. With so many options on the market, choosing the right style of sander to fit your job can be a little tricky. Today, we’re taking a look at the Ryobi 18V Random Orbit Sander so you can decide if it’s the best fit for you!
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Ryobi Random Orbit Sander Performance
- No-Load Speed: 10000 OPM
- Motor: Brushed
- Orbit Diameter: 3/32 in.
- Dust Port: 1-1/4 in. , 1-7/8 in.
The Ryobi cordless random orbit sander’s pad moves at a rate of 10,000 OPM, that’s oscillations per minute. Unlike a traditional sheet sander, this model has a central mounting point that allows the pad to travel 3/32 inches as well as rotate to help avoid swirl marks.
Some cordless sanders boast a higher oscillation rate, or even multiple speeds, but Ryobi’s single sanding speed is pretty effective. Don’t get me wrong, higher speeds can be a good thing, but it’s not always the most important aspect. Ryobi also tells us they managed to reduce felt vibration by 40%, making it a great option for general-purpose sanding applications.
This sander features a 5-inch hook and loop backing pad. The integrated vent holes allow dust particles to flow up through the pad and out the 1 1/4-inch dist port into the collection bag. You can also connect your favorite vacuum to help keep the dust at bay.
Ryobi Random Orbit Sander Design Notes
- Model: Ryobi PCL406
- Power Source: Ryobi 18V battery
- Weight: 2.7 lbs. (bare), 3.3 lbs. (with 4.0Ah battery)
- Pad Size: 5 in.
- Pad Style: Hook and loop
The Ryobi PCL406 weighs in at 2.7 pounds as a bare tool and 3.3 pounds with the kitted 4.0Ah battery. It stands 6 inches tall, and the rubberized pommel is just under 3 inches wide. The compact design contours nicely to my medium-sized hands, and the narrow tool body easily accommodates a second hand for stability.
As we mentioned earlier, this is a single speed sander, so the controls are pretty simple. Ryobi placed the ON/OFF button right on the front of the pommel for easy one-handed access.
- Compatible with all Ryobi 18V batteries
Ryobi Random Orbit Sander Price
This sander retails for $59 as a bare tool and $119 as a kit. The kit includes a standard 4.0Ah battery and charger. Ryobi backs this sander with a 3-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
To us, the Ryobi random orbit sander is a big step up from their previous corded model. In spite of loosing some speed, this cordless sander is very effective and easy to use. It’s perfect for one-handed use, but isn’t so small that you can’t use a second hand when you need a little more finesse. If you’re looking to phase out your older corded sander, this is a great option that’s easy on the hand and your wallet.