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William Shelley

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 09:20 PM

Wow, I m in the minority in telling you not to get the Rigid. I have one and I only use it for the oscillating edge sander. The spindle sander sleeves cannot be tightened enough as the rubber on the spindle is too hard and so you get way too much slippage when trying to sand. You have to use too light a touch to get it to spin and then, it s not enough to actually do the sanding that needs to be done.

I ended up getting this.

I used the original dust port and added a second one and it works great.

If you want to try something smaller, I have heard the Harbor Freight bench top has good reviews.

- AZWoody

At four times the price of the Ridgid, is it worth it? I see people using spindle and disc sanders to smooth out edges of things that have been bandsawn or routed with a pattern bit. I never see them being used for heavy material removal. My dad has a stationary large belt sander and I understand why you’d need more HP for something like that because there could be a lot of wood in contact with the belt at once. But considering that a hand-held belt sander has more wood contact than a spindle sander, I fail to see how a 3/8 HP motor could ever be underpowered.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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