You may not think a belt sander is a tool that would benefit from going cordless. You’d be wrong. We felt the new RIDGID Gen5X Cordless Belt Sander was more than up to the task for aggressive punch list and short term use. With a real-world run-time of more than 13.5 minutes (with a 5.0 Ah battery), we feel this tool is ready for the mainstream Pro.
Aside from adequate run-time, you get a tool-free belt change, automatic belt centering/tracking, adjustable handle, and a brushless motor. For $149 at The Home Depot, this is a hard tool to pass up.
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