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Worn Sanding Pad
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Entry Date:2013-12-10 15:58:44
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Question: Fan Counterbalance
does not look like my broken part. the bottom of new part has a neck and the old one goes not
Reply: Fan Counterbalance
I can't tell you for sure, but the manufacture may have made a design change in this part. But if your model number is R2611. The 640908001 fan counterbalance will work in your tool.
Question: R2611 Output
My r2611 pad is not engaging when trigger is pulled. The motor is running but sanding pad not spinning. Is the output shaft and pin assembly the problem? Thanks, Dave
Reply: R2611 Output
There is definitely something broken inside your sander, and it could be a number of items. The best thing for you to do is breakdown your sander and see what is broken. Then let us know and we will get the broken part right out to you.
Hope that helps,
Question: Broken Pad
the pad came loose due to the vibration I guess, the screws that hold the pad caused the pads mounting holes to widen theby causing the pad to come off. I replaced the pad with a new one and it worked for one month and then the same thing happened, I will not buy anymore ridgid tools, they are junk
Reply: Broken Pad
I have seen this happen with a number of other random orbit sander manufactures. You are right, the problem is caused by the tool vibration. The best thing to do is to get in the habit of making sure the screws holding the pad on are tight before you use the sander.
Does anybody know if you can use the orbital sander for polishing furniture?
not a good idea, but it could be done. it does a good job at sanding though, except when it breaks. I won't buy any more ridgid tools
Question: Backing Pad
I go through backing pad assemblies quickly. The holes thru which the screws fit wallow out. I tighten the screws firmly, but the thing wobbles apart in no time. Any thoughts?
Reply: Backing Pad
Put some loctite on the screws
Reply: Backing Pad
I had the same problem. Basically what you need to do is buy a different tool from somebody else
Question: Falling Off Sand Paper
I bought my sander about a year ago, but have only used it a couple of times. the sand paper will not stay on the sander and just falls off or flies off. Is it old paper or the part the paper sticks to.
can you help?
Reply: Falling Off Sand Paper
Make sure you're using the hook and loop paper. If you are then it could be that you need a new pad. Pads usually are worn when you press down on the sander while sanding instead of letting the tool do the work.
Review: Ridgid R2611 - Love It
I'm a general contractor. I've had this sander for about 3 years now, and it's the best sander I've ever owned. I've used it to sand exterior of homes for paint prep; sanded antique oak floors for refinishing, and have even used it to polish my truck (with a terry bonnet) I've only had to replace the bearings once due to all the heavy dust. I use it constantly.
I purchased this Ridgid Random Orbital Sander, Model Number R-2611, June 25, 2008. It is already worn out. The warranty service in Houston is lousy so I had to repair it myself the first time, and now I need another part.Also, i bought a Ridgid Cordless Drill, Model Number R86006. Same deal, bought it February 1, 2008. Already been in shop for two months and no Switch is available for it and no ETA when it will come in. I see NO MORE Ridgid in my Future..
Had this Sander 6 months and have had several problems with it. Now the Fan Counter Balance is broken and I am repairing it myself. The local people take too long. I have a Cordless Drill, Ridgid, in for repair for one month now and it's still not ready. Also there is no repair manual available on line to show how to replace parts on this Sander. The Sander is a R2611 Random Orbital Sander. Thanks, no more Ridgid for me! Jim