Ryobi branded 1/4 sheet sanders with model number S651D have been recalled. If you have one of the pictured sanders, stop using it and contact Ryobi’s parent company One World Technologies for a free replacement sander.
Apparently pieces of an internal fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the sander, posing a laceration hazard. There have been 31 reported cases of broken fan pieces being ejected from the sander, with 2 minor injuries reported.
These sanders were sold from June 2005 through August 2010 at several retailers.
More Info(via CPSC)
This post was first published May 9th, 2011, and republished on July 13th, 2018.
Additional Commentary – Added July 2018
We have heard from several new readers over the past few years, as well as lawyers seeking expert witnesses or to counsel injured parties.
If you have been injured by the tool (I am sorry to hear that), there’s a “report an incident involving this product” link on the CPSC recall page (linked above). I am not in any position to offer any information or advice beyond that.
This tool recall post has been republished to spread awareness, in case any readers still own one of the affected sander.
I was told there have been serious eye injuries resulting from use and failure of the recalled sander. That is extremely unfortunate, and prompts me to urge you to please wear safety glasses or goggles when using power tools!!
I have the 1/4 sheet Ryobi Sander S651D. How can I apply for a replacement now that it is being recalled?
The above CPSC link has all the info.
I called one world tech last week, it’s a pretty quick transaction, you provide the model number (not serial) they confirm it needs to be replaced and arrange for a FedEx pick up at your home. It’s a bout a 5 minute call including wait time. Once they get your sander they will send you a replacement.
Mine exploded yesterday throwing sharp chunks of metal 20 feet into a wall. Had I been using the sander on an angle I’d be in the hospital right now. If you haven’t replaced yours yet, please do.
Wish I would have known! I pulled my sander out for a project tonight, and it exploded. Metal and plastic went flying. This should be a mandatory recall. So freaking dangerous! My daughter was 6 feet away and got hit with pieces, but, thankfully no physical damage to her. I have a bruised finger. So thankful I was repositioning it at the time, or it would have gone into my left hand.
If you still have it you can call and still send it in FedEx will pick it up once they receive it they will send you a new one. It happen to me today my dad said those are not women’s toys 🙂
I had no idea about this recall. I as using it to lightly sand my 4 kids’ pinewood derby cars and it exploded after being on less than 2 minutes. There was shrapnel everywhere and parts went 15-20 feet in multiple directions. Including into my face. I have never been hit so hard in the face all my life. Bleeding profusely from two spots. It really could have blinded me (it was right in front of me), especially since it hammered me in the mouth, and had it been turned 180 degrees around, such as me rotating hands as I often do, it would have exploded in the direction of my 4 little kids who were all sitting around our kitchen table where we were working on the cars. The shrapnel could have blinded one or more of my children, and if they had gotten hit as hard as I got hit, it would have knocked them unconscious. I have never been hit so hard in my life. I was dizzy, disoriented, confused and it gave me a killer headache. The explosion was so loud that my ears are still ringing. I got the bleeding stopped after 90 minutes, and there is a hole in my face and on the inside of my mouth where it hit so hard I thought it went all the way through. The inside of my mouth around the hole is black and purple, and there’s also a nice gash right under my nose where it sliced off a nice chunk of meat. I have never been hit by anything in all my life.
A few minutes ago, even after I started typing this, my wife and I were talking about it in the kitchen and she noticed the ceiling. There is a perfectly-shaped gash in the ceiling of one of the metal motor pieces. I was seated when it exploded, and therefore it exploded with such force so as to rip the entire side of the unit out (the entire left side of the unit is just gone) and hit our ceiling overhead with such force so as to leave a perfect gash in the shape of one the metal pieces that came flying out (about a 3-inch piece of metal, kind of the shape of a half moon). We found the other half of it about 10 feet away that hit the tile floor then bounced off our lower cabinets. We know it hit the tile because there’s now a huge chip in the tile there.
It happened almost 3 hours ago and my head is still killing me. We are so upset not just at what did happen (my physical pain and injuries as well as the damage to our floor and ceiling), but what could have happened. I should be in the hospital right now. It could have exploded the other direction and sent shrapnel all over and into my kids. Shrapnel is the right word. It’s little pieces of the internal motor (?) the size of your smallest fingernail that had all been sheared off and sent flying in all directions. We picked them all up and have them bagged. They are razor sharp. It was a grenade going off in my hands. There’s not another way to describe it. We are grateful that none of the kids were hit, but furious that this happened, and that we were not the first. I believe I read that there are over 30 of these known incidents. It terrified my children for the better part of an hour. And my 6 year old daughter is still traumatized over it and at how much bleeding she saw coming from her Daddy’s face. I confess, it rung my bell, and thoroughly freaked me out as well.
We plan to contact the appropriate government agencies as well as the company itself. This kind of thing should never happen. Now I don’t have a sander, my face and mouth are lacerated, and my kitchen has to be repaired. Unbelievable. yet thankful to God that would could have happen did not happen. To say the least, we are quite upset at the danger this posed to our family.
Barry and Jessica Joslin
Did ryobi ever compensate you? Mine just exploded today and I have a gash in my arm and several on my stomach.
My Ryobi sander exploded today in my face. 25 stitches in my nose &eyebrow.
Lacerations to my neck &killer headache.
Did Ryobi ever compensate you? I’m contacting a lawyer tomorrow. My face felt like I got slammed with sledgehammer. It looks likes I hit by a train. This couldve blinded me. Im going to have a disfiguring scar. Let me know please if you would what Ryobi did to ckmpensate you. Greg Benedicks.
Mine just exploded today. This recall should have been sent as a broadcast message. My wife and daughter where near me. All us got lucky no major damage to us.
Ryobi how do I get a replacement. We only used it a few times and took it out today and it exploded right away.
I purchased this Ryobi S651D from Home Depot several years ago. The unit was used twice only and has remained in the case. I have several different brands of sanders and actually had forgotten about this one which was tucked away with various tool in the bottom drawer of a huge filing cabinet in the corner of my garage. I needed to make room for some furniture to temporarily be stored in the garage while doing flooring inside the house so I decided to go through everything I have out there and weed out unwanted not needed stuff. I stumbled upon my long lost Ryobi sander, opened the case and thought hmmm , brand new condition still with a dust bag . I was happy because I am remodeling a bathroom and the sander I was using was making tons of dust.
I brought it I did and right way started sanding a door with no dust the sander was literally barely used and working perfectly. The following day I began early sanding the fiberglass shower down for repainting.. About 4-5 mins later there was a loud pop like sounded like a gun shot. Pieces of the sander shot out from body right above the sanding pad and hit the shower wall very hard. I was not injured luckily. The sander froze up in my hands but I could hear the motor in a bind trying to move but was jammed inside with parts that dislodged. I wAs just kinda stunned because I wasn’t expecting I this at all and have never had something like this occur before. I jumped online to look it up and found this site. I plan to contact Ryobi ASAP for the replacement dander but I’m kinda concerned about using it . Lol
I pulled the sander out after a few years in storage, so that I could prep some boards for a bedroom loft. It wasn’t on 30 seconds before it exploded. My 15 month old was at the edge of the dining room where I was working. She ran away screaming. The sound was like a loud pop followed by the impact of shrapnel all around our dining room. The fingers of my left hand were hit by the blue outer plastic. Thankfully, neither of us sustained serious injury as some other have. I was waiting for something to start hurting once the adrenaline sibsided, but we really are physically okay. I still have a project to finish, though it may remain unstained. I’m not about to hand sand all those boards and quite frankly, I don’t see a power sander in my immediate future. There isn’t full body armour for use while sanding.
Report your incident to the Consumer Safety Commission. Force a mandatory recall!!
James R Hightower
My hand sander model S651D blew up in my hand an hour ago. I have plastic a Ryobi case but cannot figure out how to fit the blown up sander in it.
James R Hightower
Should I include the metal shrapnel I collected from the explosion when I send it back? I hope the replacement doesn’t blow up too. Any compensation for this? Extra sandpaper maybe? Band aids for the shrapnel wounds? Maybe a free item which I will be scared to use as well? PTSD compensation from this? This thing could have put out my eye or broke my glasses. POW!! Then looking around to see what damage was done. This is scary. I have not found metal in my tv screen or my laptop yet. I am collecting metal pieces. This sander used to work fine, then boom? It is in like new condition. So at anytime it could have exploded on me like a time bomb? I am glad I was not on a ladder sanding. So after it blows up I look it up, same model that was recalled. You need to do more to warn people. And more to compensate. Even with a replacement at the least, I will be scared to use your product. You might want to include goggles with it.
Yikes, I’m glad you’re okay!
ToolGuyd has nothing to do with this sander. You should probably contact Ryobi.
I’ll live. Sure made my hair stand straight up after that POW! After collecting the metal shrapnel I realized it could have hit my laptop or tv, or me or my cat. Could have broken my glasses or impaled me anywhere. I was lucky. I already have PTSD and a panic disorder and am hyper vigilant. So that loud POW was even worse for me. I trusted my hand sander and never would have thought one could blow up. Usually an electric item fizzles out or just goes dead. It was scary. Imagine if all electric items blew up eventually and you never knew when… people would be scared to use them, even a toaster.
POW! Your toast is done. I was sanding a small piece of oak to make a new handle for a grapefruit spoon. Simple little thing.
Like others have echoed here, I having recently got my Ryobi sander out of storage to do a wood project, not even thirty seconds on and it exploded shooting shrapnel all over. Luckily no one was hurt and it was waste high I was sanding and my crotchal region wasn’t affected. This is serious issue. I hope the newer models don’t do this.
Mine blew up yesterday. I got hit in the left hand…blood. Only used once (when I received it for a Christmas present) for function check and put back in case. Now I’ve got holes in the ceiling when I was working on the floor.
Stuart, Thank you for posting this. I have one of these, and have contacted Ryobi. I really appreciate it. Have a good friday.
Something about the comments on this post doesn’t smell quite right. 31 cases of failure reported to the CPSC with 2 reported injuries, and here I count 8 people claiming their sanders exploded, all 8 having sustained injuries to varying degrees? No offense to Toolguyd’s reach but the statistics on that just don’t line up.
The failures are very likely underreported to the CPSC or even Ryobi. If the failure was containted and didn’t result in external damage to the tool or injury then most people probably just ended up buying another sander and not even mention it to anyone. Also, the comments above are starting from 2011 when this article was orginally published and others have posted their experiences as the years went on. I initally read the comments without noticing the timestamps and thought the sander was a ticking timebomb. It seemed like everyone woke up today and had their sanders break apart. However, I read the CPSC notice and saw it was from 2011 and then noticed the comments go several years back. Anyway, I just wanted to give my $.02 and encourage everyone to report unexpected product failures to the manufacturer and CPSC, its these reports that help form the decision to recall or warn the public about faulty products.
Sorry, I thought I added sufficient notes to avoid that.
“This post was first published May 9th, 2011, and republished on July 13th, 2018.”
“ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY – ADDED JULY 2018”
I republished the post because another lawyer tried commenting for readers to contact him. He mentioned having a client with a blinding eye injury.
Several comments in 7 years? Not surprising.
How many people kept using their Sanders, unaware of the recall? What would you do if your tool exploded? I’d Google it and maybe comment on a blog post talking about the sander being recalled.
One lawyer emailed in, looking for an expert witness, and there have been 2, maybe 3, asking commenters to get in contact with them.
It seems like the failure mode would have a probability that increases with age.
There were 31 failures reported to Ryobi in 2011, when the units were 1-6 years old, and before the issue was widely known.
In the last 7 years, I would expect a lot more units to have failed, and many who reported it here probably also reported it to Ryobi.
I didn’t see the dates at first. Makes a little sense that they are more spread out that the comments would seem. What surprises me is that so many are “pulled it out of storage to use it for the first time in 5 years and it exploded in my hand so now I’m here telling you all about it”
So this got me thinking, how long should we hold a manufacture responsible for something like this? How much personal responsibility should fall on the consumer once a recall went out?
Forever? One year after the recall went out? Depending on the purchase price/how big the manufacture is?
Forever would be nice to the consumer but it could destroy small company. Beside, if the user didn’t provide a good way for the manufacture to contact then how could the manufacture reach out to them. On the other hand it’s not practical for a user to having to check for recall information every single time a tool is being use. But should the user be required to periodically check a manufacturing tool from time to time for their own safety? I think once a year sound like a reasonably compromise but then thinking of myself I don’t think that I am likely to check for recall information. On one hand I shouldn’t have to expect to get into a catastrophic injury because of an internal failure within the tool. On the other hand if the manufacture provided a way for me to register the tool and I didn’t or didn’t keep my contact up to update nor did I bother to periodically check for recall information then why should I blame the manufacture for my own ignorance?
Should we also factor how cheap the tool is and how big the tool is before deciding how much of the blame goes which way? As consumer we often complaint of how expensive a tool is. We want the best deal possible. It’s easy to see the cost of material and estimate a manufacturing cost. But not many see the hidden cost for something such as safety testing/durability testing/insurance premium and so on. So unless the manufacture or somebody at the factory intentionally planted the failure (in that case capital punishment is well deserved). Something like this could happen to any manufacture. It could be that the source a particular part from a new supplier. Regardless of the reasons, as long as it wasn’t being done so willfully how much should we blame them? After all we demand cheap stuff, we got cheap stuff. Certainly not at the cost to our own safety but again it’s not like the manufacture have done it purposely either. Multiple lawsuit/settlement could very well destroy a small company. If we don’t factor this in that mean in a sense we are setting up ourselves for a society where only big company are likely to survive or only big company are willing to manufacture cheap/affordable tool. Remember the few case where some of the special limited item was mentioned here and how quickly they were accused for being too expensive… so just is just another side of the coin.
Ideally, users should register their tools.
It would also be great if retailers contacted users when a purchased tool is recalled. Lee Valley has done this. Supermarkets have done this. Amazon has done this.
Home Depot certainly can – they now email me a receipt whenever I buy things in store, because I use the same credit card that’s tied to my online account.
Every baby item we purchased came with a registration card specifically, and solely for recall information. But it’s so time consuming to fill out the same information on 50+ little postcards. Then what happens when you move? USPS only forwards mail for 1 year, but some recalls go back 10 years or more.
Maybe a company like Facebook or Experian could add that as a benefit to having all of our information in the first place.
Yep! But that’s also because baby products can be life-or-death concerns, depending on the failure.
My son’s car seat was recalled, resulting from a sticky latch that could prevent the straps from locking securely. They sent me a tube of SuperLube.
A few months ago, it stuck once. I always tug on the straps, and it was loose. Now imagine someone doesn’t jiggle the straps and didn’t know about the recall – they could be driving with a child unsecured in their car seat and not know it.
There have been some products (strollers? portable cribs?) that were recalled due to being amputation hazards.
If something small comes loose, it’s a choking hazard.
Tools and equipment are recalled all the time, if and when there’s evidence or concern of a systematically increased risk of damage or injury.
Home Depot does email receipts, but this is more of an image of your receipt. They in no way track anything you purchase on an item by item basis. For HD to contact a customer, someone/something would have to scan all their receipts from every customer and look for that item specifically to be able to send out a notification. It’s not like at other retailers where each customer has an account and each item is tracked in that account as an individual purchase. Up here north of the border, Princess Auto, KMS Tools, and Mountain Equipment Co-Op do track each item in customer accounts. I have been notified by these retailers when I should bring something back. All it takes is a simple search of the item in their system and it will give a list of consumers who have purchased it. It also allows a customer to bring back an item without any record of transaction, as the retailer has that on file under that customers name. Until other retailers move to this type of system, we’ll see more and more incidents because the retailer needs to take multiple steps to identify which customers have bought a faulty product.
I often get emails days alter after buying something asking how I liked it. Not as often with in store purchases, but I still have received them. So HD can track whatever it wants to, just a matter if it actually does. The next part is forwarding that information onto the companies, which I doubt they really want to deal with. Yes, they give you a registration card, but we know that more often ends up in the trash than a post box, so the companies really aren’t doing that much labor wise for registration/product tracking.
… I guess one would have to check the manufacturer of every motorized and electronic device, as well as cars and tires, every six months?
One of the issues is number of tools, devices, electronics owned; moving around; and completing all those registration cards … which these companies then turn around with to share with their marketing department and affiliates … hello snail mail and email spam.
Can you speculate as to what would cause this type of failure and what manufacturers do to prevent explosive failures on other motorized tools?
Looking at the parts diagram
The fan rotor (#16) seems to sit on a plane with dust chute.
Maybe a manufacturing defect in the rotor allows it to fly apart under rotation and centrifugal force ejects the bits out the dust chute.
This is pure speculation. Readers who experienced the failure might know more.
That makes sense, Fred. If you click on the parts, the fan is one of the only ones that comes up as unavailable.
Are most fans in small power tools metal or plastic?
Here’s a video I found that shows what has been happening to the recalled sander:
It looks like the fan is failing, and blowing out part of the sander housing with it.
I haven’t heard of other sanders or tools failing in this manner. It could have been a design issue, manufacturing issue, or maybe even materials selection issue. I’m sure that Ryobi and TTI engineers have gotten to the bottom of it, but there’s no way they’d divulge details publicly.
Stress testing, prolonged testing, and testing to failure can be done prior to a tool’s public release, but even then, there’s only so much that can be caught in an engineering lab.
When Porter Cable recalled their router motor, https://toolguyd.com/porter-cable-router-recall-2014/ , it resulted from internal testing. At the time of the recall, there weren’t any incidents or injuries reported.
TTI may well have done a root cause analysis. It look like the fan blades may have developed or had cracks at the root of blades. Maybe a poor choice of materials or defect in the manufacturing process where micro-cracks were present in some of the fan blades. Or maybe there was something wrong in the assembly process that resulted in cracks forming when the blade was pressed onto the rotor – possibly because some rotors-blades were outside an acceptable tolerance and the assembly resulted in cracks.
Jet engine fan blade failure is a somewhat analogous event – sometimes with deadly consequence as happened a few months back
True, although the compressor blade failures on the 737s were from cycle fatigue, whereas it seems like many of these fan discs are exploding after a few uses, so more likely to be a design and/or manufacturing defect.
They also seem to be a single unit, so maybe they were stamped and improperly heat treated, whereas compressor blades need to withstand much greater centrifugal loads and were (in this case) individual blades slotted into the compressor disc.
What’s interesting with the 737 failure is that it was a known issue that both the FAA and Southwest were already working to resolve (by inspecting all engines in a certain age/cycle range). The fatality greatly increased the response time of both organizations.
Well folks this may not be what some might want to hear, yet I’ll be the one to say what I presume some might be thinking. Decades ago, there were very few product recalls and generally if a product was recalled this was done voluntarily. Thanks to those looking for easy money, lawyers without any ethics/morals, companies rightfully no longer want any liability if they can avoid this. That being said, these said corporations are always looking to save money and if this means “cutting corners” even if this means to compromise safety, so be it.
This is what happens when you buy “cheap” tools, the quality is spotty at best and if you think TTI Industries is upset their clients might be injured, you are kidding yourselves. All or at least a vast majority the higher executives are thinking is the PR nightmare and lawsuits that may follow suit. If there is quality control at the offshore factory, chances are the person/robot doing said work isn’t paying very close attention. After all, chances are if this is a person, they are being paid very little and I am willing to bet the working conditions are horrid.
Welcome to the race to the bottom, i.e. globalism. If this product was assembled or at least inspected domestically, due to laws and regulations, chances are issues such as these wouldn’t be so common. Don’t get me wrong, America is WAY too overly regulated and thanks to these burdensome regulations, often most are job killing, there is a reason why production is moved/done overseas.
In a nutshell, TTI Industries bares full responsibility for the faulty parts , yet if more consumers were willing to pay slightly more to support domestic manufacturing, assembly work or in general keeping work stateside, this would help immensely. Just remember when you buy cheap tools or in some cases even “name brand” tools, these are built to a price point.
That’s a little unfair to say, because even cheap tools should be safe to use, and they often are. Pricier tools are not immune from recalls.
As my grandfather used to say “Life isn’t fair, best to deal with that reality.” TTI and other companies most likely know about these safety hazards well ahead of any recalls, yet aren’t legally mandated to do anything until there is legitimate injury claim. Additionally, I had a mathematics professor tell the whole class “there are should’s and could’s, but in the end, action is all that is all that matters.”
Ideally “cheap” tools would benefit both the consumer and corporation if they were consistently safe, yet there is a reason why these products are “cheap”. Why do you think TTI does a vast majority of their manufacturing abroad instead of locally? In the PRC, there is no EPA, OSHA and very little regulations to deal with. Even reasonable regulations to protect the workers. These regulations cost money to follow and TTI pays their workers or rather let’s call it what they really are, sweatshop slaves next to nothing. They aren’t the only corporation that does this, virtually anyone that globalizes does. Apple, Google, TTI, you name it.
Never said that more expensive tools were immune either, yet how often does FesTools or Snap On have recalls on their higher end products? Not often, as they have a image to preserve. Harbor Freight/TTI products can afford to have these recalls as no matter what, there will always be a market for “cheap” power tools.
Not every “expensive” tool will be flawless just as not every “cheap” tool will be safe to use. However, don’t expect corporations rightfully or in some cases perhaps wrongfully to care about anything but profit. In order to create jobs and products, you must have a stable profit margin. Corporations are not people, no matter how some of them virtue signal about social issues or hot button topic of the week, this all comes down to profit margins.
But the thing is, in the past 10 years, there hasn’t been any disproportionate ratio of recalls between higher-end and entry-priced-level tools.
I would go so far as to guess that the probability of at tool being recalled would be the same regardless of brand or cost.
There have been a disproportionate number of cheap flashlights and entry-priced outdoor power tools, though, with blowers seeming to stand out.
I would say that cheaper tools might exhibit a higher frequency of random failures, but random failures, at least those that don’t carry increased risk of damage or injury, don’t tend to lead to recalls.
A lot of what you said is spot-on, but I don’t believe it is fair to suggest that cheaper tools are less safe than more expensive ones.
Wow. Now I’m even more convinced to call in every single Bosch Tool to get their extended warranty.
That way they and any other power tool makers can email with any recall or safety issues.
That said they’ve also both updated products for battery compatibility but also replaced at least three different tools for various reasons almost overnight.
Does Milwaukee or Festool or Dewalt offer this level of customer assurance?
I dunno. I’ve never figured how to easily (i. e. online or by operator) register with those brands.
Milwaukee (I can’t speak for other brands) doesn’t require any sort of registration for warranty service.
They recommend registering for their online One-Key service and entering the tool there, just for ease of keeping track of purchase dates and serial numbers, but that’s it.
Milwaukee is the pro brand I have that isn’t easy to find via Google.
That’s odd. Is everyone else seeing the awaiting moderation message?
I think that (awaiting moderation) sometimes happens when you try to include more than 2 links.
Maybe its Stuart’s spam filter
Yep, as Fred said.
First time commenters (or if you mistype your email address), and posts with 3 or more links go to moderation for manual approval. This happens maybe once every 6-8 months, and it’s usually Fred. =)
Oh, thanks Stuart. That makes sense.
Laura L Bruck
My Ryobi sander just had the same issue. My owners manual states the model numer as S650D. I call tech support and was told this model was not covered in the recall. I ask who I could report this issue to and the technician did not have a clue. I will check to model number tonight on the actual sander when i get home.
It was scary to see the medal and plastic pieces fly across the floor. Thankfully I was not hit.
Just happened to me too. Got really lucky that I had my glasses on. My wife, not so lucky. She got nailed in the hand and got a decent cut. Hope I don’t have issues like the last guy, mine is model S652D.
My S651D blew up today. BANG! Shrapnel everywhere but fortunately not in me. Lightly used unit, no warning that there was any issue until it was too late.
Mine blew up today while working in the garage. Piece of shrapnel went into the ac condenser on my truck. $1k damage. Lucky, no one was hurt.
Mine just blewup on me and put two large cuts on the top of my head. Bleeding terrible. Unreal..this should never happen! I was hot by two large pieces of the metal of the inside of the unit. It tore thru the plastic frame. So much force.
If an attorney is working on these cases I want to talk with him ASAP.
Otherwise Ryobi needs to settle with me.
Im hoping that someone can let me know how they handled it.
Yikes, I hope you’re okay and heal up soon!
I was not aware of the recall. Mine just exploded in my hand. I am gratefully not injured. Curious if they are still replacing them.
I also had my Ryobi sander explode. It was a few years back but wanted to add my experience to the other comments. I had the sander for about 4 years. I had used it for maybe 2 hours max. It had been sitting in it’s storage box for a couple of years. I took it out for a project, plugged it in and turned it on for about 5 seconds and WHAM!! The thing exploded violently into bits. Pieces flew all across the garage. I was not wearing protective eyewear and I could have been badly injured or blinded if it had hit me in the eye. I had no idea that a sander could explode so violently. It was really that bad. I have learned my lesson and will NEVER use any electric tool without protective eyewear. Even a sander can cause terrible injury if it blows up. One other thing, I will never used Ryobi equipment ever again. My replacement was a DeWalt 1/4 inch sheet sander and it is flawless so far and I have heard of no such problem with them. I trust DeWalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Makita, Rigid but will NEVER trust Ryobi again. I mean how could this be? How do you make such a flawed dangerous tool? Cheap materials and technology is my guess. Fool me once. Never again.
I had a Ryobi cat corner sander explode in my hand today,only sanding a bird box,hurt my hand quite a bit,had quite a few Ryobi tools,never a problem
I have/had a S650D model that just blew up in my hand. 9-19-21
Do I still qualify for replacement or just lucky to have my vision and
hand…..minus the glass damages ?
Been calling their recall # and only finding inept operators who ‘lose’ me
back into the rotating waiting loyal customers line.
What a scam.
My husband’s just blew up today. We were unaware of the recall. It was very loud and sharp metal pieces went flying far. The whole side of the sander blew out. Luckily it was the side facing away from him. He was very lucky he wasn’t hurt. He wasn’t wearing eye protection
Just happened to me today – this is crazy dangerous! Received a couple lacerations from it.
I got my sander out this morning, to sand some posts before painting, 30 seconds it blew the side out. popped me in the chest,. all the rest of the fly wheel went past me. lord was watching over me. talking to ryobi now. see if they will replace it with one that will not blow apart.
Blew up in my face. Face. Metal bounced off my eyeballs.
Scratching my cornea And I now have bad Vision in my left eye I will be Consulting a lawyer when it happened I called they just treated me like garbage