Ryobi ERO 2412VN archive
Friday 22 May 2009
Michael Huntley tests this entry-level orbital sander from Ryobi
I am rather taken by orbital sanders. As a restorer I didn't buy one, but having been introduced to them last year for the replica bench project, I am keen to have one in my tool kit. The ERO 2412VN from Ryobi is just the job as a starter.
It is small, comfortable to hold and easy to operate. The top handle has a grip-zone overmould, speed control and on/off switch. There is also a safety indicator in the form of a "live tool indicator" which glows blue to show that the tool is connected to a live mains supply, ready for use.
The pre-punched papers are fitted to the random orbit pad with the now traditional hook-and-loop system, which simplifies changing the sheets. It comes with a dust bag, but could also be connected to an extraction system - definitely a more comfortable way of using the tool.