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Posted on Rigid vs Wen vs Other Oscillating Spindle Sander?

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#1 posted 09-28-2018 12:55 AM

Yes, I’ve made a bandsaw box without a spindle sander and thought about going out to buy a spindle sander right then and there. They help a lot with inside curves, etc.

I just posted a similar question, minus the spindle length question. There were some good replies there:

Also, a notable review for the Ridgid and Grizzly sanders with comparison is here:
Part 1, review:
Part 2, details:

A youtube video with some demonstrations is here, though please note he says the internals are the same when they are very different.

I just purchased the Wen and it arrived today. I had about 5 minutes to unbox it and look it over. Everything was there, the unit turned on, the top is metal (contrary to some reviews, probably an earlier revision was plastic), and the top was very close to square and just a hair out of alignment between the movable and fixed sections of the surface. I saw an overview of a competitors version that wobbled to an extent I would consider unacceptable, but I’m happy to say mine does not exhibit that trait (video here: With the very limited time I’ve had with it, the quality is better than I was expecting and above that of the $160 price I paid for it. Now, please note I’ve spent all of 5 minutes with the machine and my opinion may change after I’ve used it a while. I fully intend to do a thorough review of this unit and post here as there is not much information on the Wen variant on this website that I could find. But I need to put some time on it first.

As for taller… if you’re looking for something out of your price range, and you have some time, Kevin at KRTwood made his own and has a few videos with great information about how he made his. I think he has plans to purchase too, but don’t quote me on that. It’s a great series. Here’s a link to an overview video, I think you can find the rest from there:

Otherwise, you may be stuck looking at dedicated, floor-standing spindle sanders with cast iron tops et. al. I know grizzly has a bunch of options, and I think Jet has a bunch too. Probably every brand for that matter, but these are the two that stick out to me.

Good luck!

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