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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-29-2015 07:54 PM 8172 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oscillating spindle sander bug fix.
Sheppach osm 100, Triton, WEN, Shop Fox and more

I got my self one of these cheap spindle sanders, mine is a Scheppach, the price was simply too god to reject, got it by mail from Germany and saved 30% from the price I had to pay here in Denmark… Strange world.

I am really impressed with it, used it now for more than a month and love it.
Had no idea I needed one of these, actually always thought it was one of those tools that was made to make us poor, but trying one from JET in Scotland at my friend Jamies place, made me realize these sanders really are here for a reason, they get the job done.

The spacer ring that provides table surface between the drum and the table are a wee to low.
Not a big problem, but it gets you off 90 degrees on small parts.

They are sold under many names and the only thing changing are the color of the plastic, that means that it is probably the same problem for all of them, that I experienced on mine.

Here it is.
A good heavy machine, that can stand on it’s own, but I decided to mount it on this rolling cabinet, so I can roll it out when I need to use it for longer time and then sit at a comfortable height.
It’s a cast iron table and the drums runs smooth and stable. I connected it to my shop vac and it is almost dust free when running.
I can highly recommend it, you get a lot for a little here.

Here you see the problem, the black plastic spacer ring that provides table surface between the drum and the table are a wee to low.

So I set out to fix that, my first idea was making a shim, so I cut up a Coke can and made a giant washer.
Gave it a second thought… this will need to be glued in place and will be slippery… Hmmmm.

Then I remembered I had a roll of this non skid tape you put on skateboards and found the thickness was perfect.
So just cleaned up the edge, put on tape in pieces and the problem was solved.

Now every ring will fit, no matter what size of spindle.
One of the things I really love about this machine, is that now I can drill a hole close to the size needed and then sand out the exact size, this will make so many tasks easier. That used to be a time consuming task, involving files and sandpaper on rods. But yes I am really surprised how often I turn it on.

Nice for sanding small curves.

If you don’t have the money for a oscillating spindle sander, but have a drill press, then look at my blog:

Perhaps this can inspire others to make a fix…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 08:16 PM

Unbelievable, this morning I saw the next video.


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#2 posted 04-29-2015 08:26 PM

Wauuu that’s cool, perhaps I have to check if there are problems with my cyclone now, but it seems to be running fine here, even it does make a lot of suction.
Love that he takes it apart and surprised it’s so simple, it is quite heavy for it’s size and that is all in the table then.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 08:44 PM

Sharing, that’s the main purpose of LJ, isn’t it ? Thanks to Mads and Dutchy.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 08:46 PM

I have the same sander, different color, name, bought at Eurobrico for 80 Euros closeout about a year ago. Happy with it but I have the same issue. here another Lumberjock StudioFormaat built a new housing for his, reduced the noise. It is a loud sander with the plastic housing but does the job. I think if I get some time :-) I would like to make the new housing to lower the noise, until then I will try to glue in a ring like in the video Dutchy posted. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 08:53 PM

Hi Mads. you’ll love it. I sue mine all the time. I was going to say put some tape under the spacer ring but you already determined that! We think alike!! Anything can be modified- even new tools- to make them work better. Harbor Freight stuff needs a lot of modification to get them in good shape

I’d call that a Madsification!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 08:54 PM

thanks for sharing. where did you pick this up?

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 12:33 AM

These sanders certainly do come in handy.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 02:58 PM

Nice solution to the problem and I will go and fix my sander today .
Here is a attachment I made some time ago and it has come in handy many times when a pattern has to be sanded .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 04-30-2015 03:30 PM

Kiefer, that’s brilliant! I love how we can all share ideas here, thank you.
Lew, smiles.
Smalltime, send you a PM.
Jim, yes we are quite a bunch here that see this not working perfectly as challenges and not problems. Laugh, what a fine word you invented there. Thanks.
JIM65, cool! I like that housing you made. I also hate tools that make noise, but do enjoy that they help speed up.
Brico, I remember you made a clever raise also.
Best thoughts and thanks for comments and ideas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 12:45 PM

Thnx Mads. I have one very similar to this that I bought from HF and I used cereal box cardboard as spacers to raise up those plastic rings just like you did. I think your idea of aluminum is better.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 01:19 PM

I found that the recess face on my sander was not parallel to the top and used a different method .
I drilled six small holes and threaded flat head screws into them and leveled the insert with them kind of like a table saw insert .
Another item that needed attention is the wrench which seems to have legs and goes into hiding and to resolve that issue I placed a couple rare earth magnet on the side of the table to attach the wrench and also the large washer when not in use .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 07:10 PM

Klaus we do think alike, I even put the magnets ready to glue on the side!
I was thinking of putting small hex screws, but was afraid if the casting could break, so perhaps one day I will follow you example, now I know it’s safe. Big smile.
Roger, laughs here, I did not use the aluminium, ended up using anti skid tape.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 05-19-2015 01:26 PM

Looks like a great little machine Mads. Your little fix was a nice improvement. Now if I just had space for one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-21-2015 05:55 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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