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This is the 2nd Ryobi Corner Sander R18PS we have purchased in the last few years. Both units were given moderate use and burnt out. The first Ryobi R18PS burnt out in less than 12 months. The last one lasted a few years and "smoked it". Perhaps an OK unit if someone wants something cheap and it is only used for very light work. I also have a Makita Orbital Sander that has been going longer and given a harder time - no problem to date with the Makita. I will avoid purchasing Ryobi in future.
Purchased in January 2018.
Great sander BUT!!!!
Its definitely a good tool, but you have to look after it... It is belt drive with a tooth belt, the problem is with the motor they used, when it gets warm after 10ish minutes you must let it cool before using it again, the bearing on the "belt" end of the motor will get hot and soften, the spinning motor shaft will cut sideways through the bearing, loosening the belt and ending its life. There is a Video on Youtube showing what happens, ( I suspect Gyprock dust ended my sander like the youtube one) Gyprock usually has large areas to sand, so its on for a long time....
Purchased in June 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $89.98.
Nifty cordless sander
Easy to use cordless sander driven by a great multipurpose 18 volt battery system.
Plenty of power & fits nicely into the hand.
On/Off switch is easily accessible at the front of the unit.
Sandpaper refills are "off the shelf" items, in various grades for the rough or very fine applications..
Battery goes on forever! Great tool for the home handyman to cover the fiddly corner jobs as well as the bigger sand down tasks.
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