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My Ridgid spindle sander started acting up. It seems to take a lot less pressure to bind it up and then it won't restart the sander. I get a buzz, and it might go with a little help, go by itself, or just buzz and do nothing. When that happens there is a burning smell. Any ideas besides the motor being shot? It's a good 2-3 years old and has been a great tool. Just started this tonite.

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motor..
does it have brushes...
time to test the lifetime warranty...
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Could be a bearing seizing up if it really is binding up. Otherwise loss of power is usally brushes or the armature windings.
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Ditto on the bearing check, Charles. Have you taken covers off and done an inspection, taken belts off to see if the bearings or motor are binding?

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I have one of these. Does this happen with all sizes of drums? I have had trouble with the smallest drum slipping on the shaft if I do not almost over-tighten the top knob. I think I burned it on an early try and it glazed the inside so it slips even easier now. If it does it with all your drums then I also vote for motor trouble. I have used the lifetime warranty on a 5" ROS and they were good on their word and fixed it for free on a timely basis. I like Rigid stuff for that reason.
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Never had to use the spindles --- always have used the belt. When it binds smoke comes out the back. Sometimes it'll take off ok and others it needs a helping hand, I mean push. Other times it won't budge.

Went to Menards and got a disk/belt sander on sale for $60. Free after I redeemed my rebate card. Plus it's a 36 instead of a 24 inch belt. May use the 6" disk - never used the spindle part on the Ridgid.

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Sounds like a bearing John. If you took it apart and removed the drive belt you could be sure. If one's stiff or you feel a bump as you rotate then it is hooped.

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I have that sander and I think it's direct drive like their contractor's saw.

I'd look at taking it apart and cleaning out the bearings and making sure the motor rotor turns freely.


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Paid a little more attention to it today. If it stops with the spindle in the up position or if I pull it up it starts right away with the switch and no help. When it's in the down position is where it hangs up. I got it going this evening and used it on about a dozen pieces with no problem. i have a big show this weekend so if I can make it til Thursday, I'm good. Then I'll start digging into it.

Went to Menards and found a disk/belt sander (36 inch - Ridgid takes a 24 inch belt) on sale for $60 - plus the 11% rebate - so I picked one up.

This one was bought when Ridgid was first starting their lifetime warranty thing and registration was so complicated that I never registered it, so it's not covered. Love the machine but I never used the spindle part of it so maybe the disk/belt may work better.

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This one was bought when Ridgid was first starting their lifetime warranty thing and registration was so complicated that I never registered it, so it's not covered. Love the machine but I never used the spindle part of it so maybe the disk/belt may work better.


Check with them anyway. Many states require warranties to be honored even without registering.

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