Ridgid r2601 Review: 5-Inch Ridgid Orbital Sander

Product Name:R2601
Weight:4.6 pounds
Power Source:Mains
Speed:12,000 OPM
Features:3 year warranty, dust collection unit, variable speed, soft start and pad break
Ridgid r2601 Review: 5-Inch Ridgid Orbital Sander
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The r26011 Ridgid orbital sander is a mains powered sander so there is no need to charge the device or to worry about battery packs. Simply plug the Ridgid r2601 sander into your mains supply and you are up and running. This model takes a 5″ sanding pad that you can attach easily to the orbital sander thanks to the hook and loop backing pad design. This is like a strong velcro that will hold the pad securely in place while you are sanding but also allows for easy removal.

The Ridgid random orbit sander also has a variable speed setting that allows the pad to spin between 7000 and 12,000 OPM (revolutions per minute). These speeds are calculated when the pad is spinning freely and although the pad does clearly slow down when it makes contact with a surface it is still a very powerful sander. Two great features that make this one of the best Rigid orbital sanders that we have seen are the soft start – which allows the pad to speed up slowly – and the pad break which slows it down when there is too much resistance. These two features help to prevent gouges from being made to the area that you are sanding.

The Ridgid r2601 random orbital sander also comes with a dust collection unit which is easily detachable and claims to collect up to 90% of dust particles that result from the sanding work. This makes the Ridgid r2601 ideal for use as a drywall sander. We tested this and it does indeed do a very good job of collecting the dust from sanding. Although the dust collection unit does fill up very quickly, it is easy to detach and empty and is much better than having no collection unit at all.

Overall the r2601 Ridgid random orbit sander is a very good product when it comes to sanding work. Although it currently has a rating of 3.3 on Amazon we feel like it deserves more because it is very robust, very easy to use, powerful and great value for money. The R2601 also made it onto our best orbital sander list for 2021.

Package Contents

  • Ridgid r2601 orbital sander / Ridgid zrr2601 orbital sander
  • 2 x 80 grit sandpaper sheets
  • Dust bag
  • Hook & Loop pad
  • Toolbag
  • Ridgid orbital sander Operator’s Manual

Other Important Information about the Ridgid orbital sander

  • Model number – Ridgid r2601
  • Part number – ZRR2601
  • Item weight – 5.5 pounds
  • Package dimensions – 12.8 x 7.6 x 5.1 inches
  • Warranty – Limited Three Year Warranty and 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee Policy; Lifetime Service Agreement
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