Ryobi Half-Sheet Sander archive

Monday 12 October 2009

Rubberised grips, Livetool indicator and cast aluminium platen distinguish Ryobi half sheet model, says Anthony Bailey

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This half-sheet sander has some nice features

The Ryobi ESS-3215V is a half-sheet sander, the largest in their range, which includes one-third and quarter-sheet models. Modern in style, it has several useful features worth taking advantage of. The first is plenty of rubberised grips for vibration-reducing comfort especially with hot dusty hands.

The second is the Ryobi trademark Livetool indicator which shows a blue neon when current is present in the tool if switched on at the wall.

The third is a very rigidly cast aluminium platen underneath for the abrasive to press against. It is faced for hook-and-loop-backed sheets but also has very natty recessed levers on the sides which operate the full-width paper clamps at back and front when using ordinary abrasive paper. Hard rubber coverings clamp the paper firmly and prevent it slipping loose under sanding load.

In use

Very comfortable to hold and operate, the large paper area is good when working on bigger surfaces but at the same time you can get close to enclosed edges when you need to.

The dustbag is adequate but you still need some form of dust mask protection. The sanding rate is not as fast as a random orbital but good for a controlled even finish. The variable speeds could be useful I suppose, but I tend to use the highest speed anyway.


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F&c Verdict

I am a dedicated random orbital user but for finer, flat-area work this kind of conventional sander still has its uses especially as it does not have the scouring action that some of the larger random orbital sanders have.
Pros:
Efficient paper clamps and hook-and-loop fastening
Fine filtration dustbag
Variable speeds
Cons:
Not as fast as a random orbital
Needs larger sheets of abrasive
Dust protection still needed

The Numbers

Model: ESS-3215V
Type: 1/2 sheet orbital sander
Power input: 320W
No-load speeds: 6,000-12,000opm
Sanding pad size: 115 x 229mm
Orbit diameter: 2.2mm
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: £89.99 inc VAT
Tel: 01628 894 400