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Ryobi P411 Random Orbit Sander Review

Ryobi P411 Random Orbit Sander

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Introducing a staple to any workshop: The orbit sander. I’ve owned a sander for as long as I can remember, way before I even had a place to call a shop. There’s just so many uses for them!

How does the Ryobi P411 random orbit sander measure up? I’ll tell you about my experience below.

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Ryobi P411 Random Orbit Sander Specs

Ryobi P411 Sander
Pictured with the P108 18v battery.


  • 10,000 orbits per minute.
  • Continuous sanding for up to 40 minutes with use of 18V ONE+ 4.0 Ah LITHIUM+ High Capacity Battery.

Included Accessories

  • (3) Pieces Sandpaper Assortment


  • On-board dust collection bag ensures a clean workspace.
  • Ergonomic palm grip design increases user comfort during extended use.
  • Hook and loop accessory fastening system for added convenience.
  • Lock-on switch offers comfortable operation during extended use.
  • Part of the RYOBI 18V ONE+ System of over 225 cordless tools.
  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Battery and charger sold separately.

My Ryobi P411 Sander Experience

Before owning a cordless Ryobi random orbit sander, I owned a corded sander which I loved. Corded sanders are great for consistent and dependable sanding without the need to change batteries.

However, convenience of grabbing a sander and using it without having to worry about an extension cord or power outlet is great. It was mainly for that reason why I decided to give the Ryobi P411 sander a try. That, and the price.

During several weeks of light use, the sander performed good. The dust collection was decent but the bag slipped off a few times. It felt a bit bulky to use but I could deal with that because it was getting the job done. It didn’t last, though.

During the final sanding job, the motor started to accelerate from its regular speed when I lifted it from the board. I didn’t think much of it and continued to sand. After a couple of minutes, smoke started to rise from the motor and it quit running.

It’s possible that I bought a one-off sander with a defective motor. I was able to get the sander replaced for free, but I decided to switch back over to corded and bought a DEWALT sander.

In short, the Ryobi P411 was a decent, inexpensive sander while it lasted. I could have simply picked up a lemon but that was enough for me to spend more money and go with DEWALT, a brand that I’ve never had issues with.

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