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Oscillating spindle & belt sander combo?

by Oldschoolguy
posted 12-19-2018 03:42 PM

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 04:05 PM

I have the Ridgid spindle/belt sander and it is one of the handiest tools in my shop. I use the belt more than the spindle. I have had it for maybe 15 years. If it broke today, I would go buy a new one tomorrow. I don’t want to devote the space to separate tools.

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 04:32 PM

Hello all

My first reply on this forum so here’s my ten cents worth. I always ask myself before buying anything “can I do this using what I have already”. If I can I then ask how likely is it the tool I can modify to do the job is likely to be used at the same time as any other essential tool because if I have to modify a tool then I need to be able to unmodify it quickly if I have to alternate tool use. I also ask can I make what I want cheaper by modifying something I have already and how did they do this job before they made this special tool for it. We can of course fill up the workshop with any number of tools these days but I lack space so I have to ask such questions. An oscillating sander does only one thing that other sanders don’t do. Move up and down. It IS useful for tight curves but a drum sander set on the drill press can solve that and our arms are capable of everything else. So if you already have a belt sander and a drill then all you need is a drum sander set for the dril press. If you haven’t a belt sander then you can make exactly what you would pay around 150-200 bucks for by using the drill the drumset and some plywood a bearing and som dowelling. That’s one answer. But if we insist on being “seduced” by those who wish us to believe that life isnt going to be worth living without what they have to sell us, then my own opinion is that in the case of spindle sanders first visit and punch in the keyword spindle sander. You will find every model that US and UK suppliers supply and often much cheaper all made in about three factories in China. I dont recommend buying direct on complex machines because there is often no service but it could be worth it with such sanders and at least it should inform your decision as to how to proceed. Go for the US brand that best serves your need and the one that offers the longest guarantee because they most probably have the Quality assurance that gives them such confidence and a name they do not wish to besmirch and either resorces to repair and refurbish or profit matgins that make it worth just replacing faulty equipment in the guarantee period.

Somebody on lumberjocks might like to buy one of the chinese brands and tear it down and compare it with the brand machines to see how different the motors etc, metal gauges and safety features compare.

There you have it! I think you might see Im someone who never uses three words when 33 will suffice!

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#3 posted 12-19-2018 04:44 PM

I have the WEN OSS and it’s been great. Sees a lot more use than I ever thought it would. I have a 1×30 belt sander and a 4×36 belt and 8” disc sander so I’ve never really had an urge for the oscillating belt. However, if I didn’t have a belt sander, I’d probably opt for the 2-in-1 tool for space consideration.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 05:58 PM

I have the Ridgid and it is very useful, particularly for tight curves and custom shapes. I think the combination is as good or better than individual table top tools. The belt attachment does not replace a hand held belt sander for flat work but is great for edges and small pieces. The dust collection is not perfect but it works well with a vacuum.
The oscillation is good but it only has about a 1” stroke so depending on the width of your wood it doesn’t make good use of the entire belt/cylinder unless you are free handing. It does give you good control of the material removal if you are trying to make precise adjustments.

I also have a free standing belt sander (6X48), a belt sander, a drum sander, an orbital sander, a flat pad finish sander, and a multi tool sander. The oscillating sander was the last one I bought and it was for a project that had multiple pieces with curves in them. I hate sanding…..LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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