JesusWasACarpenter

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  1. JesusWasACarpenter

    Cordless RO Sander- Ryobi issues- Need Council

    Thank you all for the advice. I appreciate it, certainly still learning a ton. Glad I joined here and woodtalkonline.com this weekend. Will research here and I"m sure I'll learn much from all of your experience/wisdom. At my last "swap out" I went for the Ryobi corded, which was same cost. I've been using it for a week and the cord drives me bananas. I had thought of creating a dedicated shop hose and electrical taping a cord to it, handing it down from the rafters, for sanding. I'll try that, see if it makes a difference. This week, while the cord has been a hastle, it has been nice having the steady power of the the corded model vs. the steadily weakining cordless. Still rough on the hands. I'll look for an upgraded model. And I'll certainly check out that Festool recondition site. Thank you for that!
  2. JesusWasACarpenter

    Cordless RO Sander- Ryobi issues- Need Council

    Thank you both for your reply and insight. I"m sorry I did not specify more on hours/use. Yes, I do work professionally, building custom projects for clients + items for sale within our consignment/antique store booth. I have a full-time day job. I woodwork in the evenings/early-mornings/weekends, daily. Daily use is about 3 hours per day, on average. So, I would certainly not consider this full-time professional woodworking. Perhaps semi-pro is a better term. Agreed on Ryobi being a hobbyist line, and I do understand I"m using the tools beyond their intended intensity/frequency. Couple thoughts on that, however: 1. I've found Ryobi to be a solid line of tools, perhaps even as good as "pro" grade big-box lines such as Milwaukee, DeWault, etc... 2. Appears Ryobi is stepping up to some fairly high-grade tools of late, with their Brushless line. The 7 1/4" brushless circular saw I recently purchased, for instance, seems very pro-grade to me. So, perhaps they are pushing more in this direction? Maybe not... All in all, if I were to make woodworking my primary source of income, I would begin to work towards Festool, or similar grade, equipment. Perhaps one day! If this will be the case, I foresee their being a slow add-on of Festool pieces until I reach that crossover point. In the interim, with my current workload and overhead, I'm stuck "in the middle", and just trying to make the best of that. Does that make sense? I'm trying to make this Ryobi phase stretch as long as I can, as I just don't see purchasing Rigid/DeWault or similar as a sensible thing, when I'd rather go for Festool if I were going to make any upgrades. The jump from Ryobi to anything between it and Festool-grade seems like an un-wise move. BUT...for the sander, I may have to. As an example, in this month's pro-contractor news mag at Home Depot, they did a review of many cordless RO and belt sanders. I was reading it yesterday, and thought "how applicable!". Anyway, they actually rated the Ryobi better overall than the Ridig RO cordless. They deemed the Rigid unpredictable in it's motions, and hard to control. Yikes. It should be better than the Ryobi, which got great reviews for power/dust control, minus being bulky and having lots of vibrations, the author said. Sounds familiar...
  3. JesusWasACarpenter

    Cordless RO Sander- Ryobi issues- Need Council

    Hello all, my first posting here. I started woodworking professionally, part-time, about 9 months ago. Originally a hobby, I started with my business from an existing Ryobi tool collection, developing along that collection as I have gone along, to stay in the same series/batteries. I'm also a bit partial to the brand, as I have always had a good experience with them, and prefer their design/egornomics over other big-box lines. I currently use their RO sander, with their largest 4AH battery. It's a powerful combo, and sanding time is about 15-20 minutes on the one 4AH battery. I then have another 4AH on a Super Charger ready to throw on when the first dies. I typically don't sand much longer than 30 minutes at a time, so it's a good combo. Power is strong. But below are my issues: 1. VIBRATION. It's a rough sander on the hands. I have drummed for years, and so perhaps my hands are more sensitive due to prior abuse. 2. Sander keeps breaking. Runs like a CHAMP for a month or two, then I get this metallic grinding sound as it runs, similar to a baseball card on a bicycle wheel, and I know it's on it's way (quickly) out. I then have another day or two, before it's toast. I'm on my 5th one now. Fortunately, it's a free swap, as they break before 3 months of (every day) use. Home Depot will swap it out in store if you have had it 3 months or less, with no additionally warranty purchase necessary. Essentially, they return the old one, and give me store credit to buy a new one. It's so bad now, I set a calendar reminder from the date of the purchase, just so I can swap it out before 3 months is out. Last one broke 1.5 months in. I do this for convenience, being that the sander is awesome until it breaks, and sans the time needed to get a new one, its not costing me anything else. It''s also got awesome dust collection, paired with a powerful vac. I pair the sander with a RIGID 6.5Hp Smart Cart. I found the vac to be a great purchase, and a middle-ground price between a standard shop vac and a dust-extractor. The vac port on the RYOBI sander matches up well with the Rigid pro-hose diameter (I wrap the Ryobi vac port with about 3-4 layers of painters tape to make the connection snug and then the hose won't slip off). The vac paired with an RZ mask + a WEN air filtration system is a winning combo in terms of dust control. I don't want to leave the Ryobi RO sander, but my hands are killing me due to the vibration + weight. I need the 4AH batteries for power, the compact ones are lighter but not enough power. I've thought of going pneumatic as I know the air RO sanders are lighter and easier on the hands, but been researching the specs for a compressor needed to run a pneumatic sander shoots the price above a reasonable means for my (still somewhat small) business. I don't want to go FESTOOL yet. I"m just not ready, financially. Any thoughts? Anyone else run into the same issues with the Ryobi RO sander? I love the rest of the Ryobi tools, even for daily use! Bandsaw and Drill Press, especially, have been great. I'm hard on the tools, and they are stressed likely beyond their intended standard/hobby use. I have tried the corded model, but the combo of toting the cord and the vac hose around the perimeter of a larger piece like a table is a real hassle. The best combo I've had is the Ryobi cordless sander + the Smart Vac + (2) pro-hoses connected together (had to purchase a second hose to get the proper length for my shop). With that combo, I can get around my small shop 12x16 shop with ease. I use thick gloves to limit the vibration, and drum on a practice pad before and after to ease my hands. But, doing so puts me back at Home Depot every three months for a new sander. Open to any suggestions anyone may have. Maybe it's worth it to purchase a second type of battery charger + batteries for a better model/brand cordless electric sander. But it would need to: (1) Be cordless and awesome like the Ryobi is (until it breaks); (2) Have excellent dust removal with a cylindrical dust port; (3) be low vibration; (4) not break. Pics below of my shop, to give an idea of space and operation. I build (mostly) farmhouse tables, barn doors, rustic pieces, etc... as this is the prime market currently in my area. Sorry for the long post, and thank you for any help you can give. -Daniel (FB.com/JWAC123 ; www.JWAC123.com)