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Richard H

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#1 posted 11-26-2015 04:26 PM

For the tasks you mentioned I would say a large disc sander would probably be the best fit. A belt sander works best for things like tapered legs or long sweeping curves where the spindle sander is great for really tight curves and a drum sander is ideal for large flat surfaces. I own the rigid and I really like it but it’s height is pretty limited so using it for large boxes would require flipping the piece over and blending in the middle. It’s strength is working on edges less than a couple inch’s tall.

A free standing disc sander plus the Ridgid for small belt/spindle sanding or a combo disc/belt sander and a free standing spindle sander would probably be ideal for what you mentioned. A drum sander for flattening panels is a huge luxury that I have not had the room or budget for to date but I would love to have one someday.

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