A reader emailed in, asking where he can find replacement sanding sleeves for Ridgid’s oscillating belt and spindle sander.
Size: 4″ belts, 4-1/2″ sanding sleeves
Sanding Sleeve Sizes: 3/4 in, 1 in, 1-1/2 in, 2 in
The bad news is that Ridgid does not make replacement sleeves for their sander, but the good news is that 4-1/2″ sanding sleeves are a popular size and should be available from any major woodworking supplier.
The reader was specifically looking for 2″ 50 grit sandpaper sleeves, which are harder to find, but still readily available. Suppliers that don’t carry 50 grit replacement sleeves usually carry 60 grit sleeves. Some vendors carry replacement sanding sleeve sets as well as individual sizes and grits, others only carry sets.
Remember, some benchtop tool makers don’t carry accessories or replacement consumables for some of the power tools they make. For instance, Milwaukee and Ridgid manufacture oscillating multi-tools, but not oscillating blades or accessories.