The Ridgid R2740 is a 3-by-18-inch variable speed belt sander. This model has two fans for maximum efficiency. One fan is responsible for cooling the motor, and the other fan collects dust particles.
This hand-held belt sander has over 6 amps of power and variable speed control. This is decent amount of power, but the Hitachi SBBV2 offers much more with a 9-amp motor. Because of its power and size, this model can be used on both large and small woodworking jobs. The R2740’s variable speed control allows you to choose the right, consistent speed for your project.
The unit includes many standard features found on similar belt sanders that help with safety and ease of use. Like many other sanders, it includes an automatic belt tracking system to keep the sander belt centered when in use. It also has an easy lever release for exchanging the belts when they need to be replaced.
Its low-profile design allows you to sand flush to vertical surfaces and in tight spaces. This makes it easy to use for smaller jobs. A long, 12-foot rubber cord allows for flexibility while sanding a larger surface. Because of the cord length, you can avoid having to stop and switch outlets. Soft grip handles are provided to dull the machine’s vibrations. This makes the sander more comfortable and easy to manage. The R2740 has a delayed start, a safety feature that gives you time to prepare for force of the belt sander and adjust as necessary.
This Ridgid belt sander is fairly simple to maintain and service. For example, the brushes are easy to change out on your own. The company includes a limited three-year warranty and a lifetime service agreement on this product.
The air filtration system keeps your work environment clean and safe. It keeps the engine cool and collects much of the dust and debris that is expelled while sanding. The dust collecting bag includes zipper access, which is useful when emptying the bag after use.
The Ridgid R2740 belt sander does not include a carrying case, which some similarly priced sanders do. Its unique two-fan system keeps the unit from overheating and contains free-flying dust. This model also has a delayed start for added safety.