After completing Gate 2 of the reverse engineering project, we have fully dissected both RYOBI corner sanders. Our results have been documented and we have noticed that both corner sanders both share and differ in their construction and components.
Both sanders were disassembled easily with minimal difficulty during our arranged meeting times. The sanders are definitely tools that are meant to be taken apart by the user due to the fact that there is a list of parts that can be bought for both of them. Leaving it up to the user to repair any broken parts on the sander due to the simple disassembly process. The two sanders were disassembled completely by just using a Phillips No.2 screw driver and our hands. No special tools were needed for disassembly. Almost each step of both sanders didn’t take more than 30 seconds to complete due to the use of simple screws and snap-in fittings as fasteners. Screws and snap-in fittings have been used as fasteners in the sanders to ensure a simple and quick assembly by the manufacturer. One difference between the disassembly steps between the two sanders is that the battery-powered sander had no internal screws unlike the corded sanders which had four. This makes the disassembly process of the battery-powered sander simpler and quicker.