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Posted on Rigid vs Wen vs Other Oscillating Spindle Sander?

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#1 posted 09-28-2018 01:01 AM

A couple more tidbits:

My opinion is the quality of the Wen/Grizzly/Triton/etc is going to be similar to that of the Ridgid. Apparently Ridgid knocked it out of the park with their first version, then revised it to the current version and the first couple years had some QC issues. That still may be the case, but I wouldn’t think it’s any higher or lower than the competing model. There are some possible issues with the Ridgid, and there are some possible issues with the Wen. You are buying a sub-$200 tool, I would expect exactly this. The decision for me came down to: 1) do I need a miter slot, and 2) do I want the warranty. I wasn’t impressed with the Ridgid lifetime warranty after reading into it, but it may help in a pinch. The Wen seemed more user-serviceable if needed, and still had a several-year manufacturer warranty.

As for the size, I have a very small shop (a nook in the back corner of my 2-car garage that still needs to house 2 cars and my kid’s driving toy car and all their toys and the gardening stuff and … you get the point). I’m very glad I got the smaller one to save some space. It struck me as rather large still even after I got it out of the box.

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