Ryobi 5" Random Orbit sander (RS241)

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Old 09-23-03, 01:28 PM
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Ryobi 5" Random Orbit sander (RS241)

I plan on doing a lot of sanding! some tables and a 10 X 10 foot section of hard wood flooring. I was looking at the random orbit sanders and noticed the above identified sander was $25.00 at Home Depot so I bought it since the other models like Makita and dewalt start at about $60.00 or so dollars. Did I make a mistake? If so I can take it back and exchange for another brand?
It has a 2.4 amp motor and a breaking system and dust collector.
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Old 09-23-03, 03:30 PM
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Sanding a couple of tables would be no problem for this sander but the floor is a different story.
If you will just be scuffing up a floor for a clean-up coat of finish the Ryobi may be ok but if you have any serious sanding to do on the flloor then even the Makita or Dewalt may be pushing it.

I learned the hard way, even a 100 lb, 18"x18" floor sander was no piece of cake on an old finish.
You may want to seriously consider renting a proper sander to do your floor.

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Old 09-23-03, 04:05 PM
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Greg, the refinishing I am talking about is basically surface crud!
The cost of renting a tool in the Washington DC area is very close to having someone do it! I am Not kidding!
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Old 09-23-03, 05:22 PM
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I'm hearin' ya.

I'm in a rural area where the rental was only about $40.00/day CDN.
This in my mind is pretty reasonable.
One thing though is if you rent from a rental outlet you will pay more than if you get it from a building center that sells the paper and finish.
Another thing is that in my home city there is enough competition that you can get a good refinishing job done in the off season for not much more than the retail cost of the material.
 
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