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Spindle Sander advice

by Heywood
posted 01-23-2017 08:06 PM


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#1 posted 01-23-2017 08:12 PM

I really like my Ridgid. It has the osc spindle and osc belt sanding. Only $200 at HD.

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 08:19 PM

Get the Ridgid.

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 08:57 PM

I have the ridgid too. Really like it, and would buy it again.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671

-- John

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 09:40 PM

Ridgid here as well.
Bill

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 09:42 PM

While the Ridgid is a nice and versatile machine it isn’t in the same class with the Jet. With significantly more horsepower, CI top and oil bath gears it is a much heavier duty sander. You just have to decide how much you want to spend. Rikon introduced a similar machine which is cheaper but has shorter spindles IIRC but I have yet to see a review of it. The Jet has been the pick of the litter at its price point for 10 years or so now.

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#6 posted 01-23-2017 10:03 PM

I have this one ….works well for me ….. not quite the machine jet is …... but then not the price either …LOL

http://www.grizzly.com/products/1-3-HP-Oscillating-Spindle-Sander/G0538?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 12:53 AM

I’ve had the Ridgid for years and it’s been a real work horse, cant imagine needing more horse power than it has, plus you get an oscillating belt sander too.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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#8 posted 01-24-2017 01:49 AM

Ridgid. Best bang for your buck.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#9 posted 01-24-2017 02:24 AM

The Delta has better reviews and no doubt better components.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 01-24-2017 02:38 AM

What are you doing with the old Ryobi? I inherited one from my father but Im missing all but one of the plastic inserts and all but one of the rubber drums that the sandpaper sleeves go over. Id be interested in buying your old unit or at least the inserts and rubber drums.
I’ll pm you

Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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playingwithmywood

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#11 posted 01-24-2017 05:52 AM

The ridgid is good but avoid the grey body ones since some have out motor shaft that is needs a different bushing to run the belt sander option or at least if you buy a grey one make sure it has the bushing if you want to use the belt sander option

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MustacheMike

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#12 posted 01-24-2017 11:13 AM

We have 2 Ridgid’s and love them.

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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#13 posted 01-24-2017 01:57 PM



Ridgid. Best bang for your buck.

- Woodchuck2010

Ditto.

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#14 posted 01-24-2017 02:51 PM

I agree with getting a Rigid it’s very versatile and low cost with a better design than even more expensive models.if you want a bench top model but since you have a budget that would allow for the purchase of a floor model you could probably get a used one like this one it allows you to do more than a bench top model will.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Oscillating-Spindle-Sander/G1071?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

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#15 posted 01-24-2017 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the replies and very valuable information. I will be seriously evaluating the Rigid with all the positive replies. Yes, I do need to go with a bench top model with this, I am out of floor space. If I did have the room, Jet has an awesome floor model that would be in the shop.

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#16 posted 01-24-2017 05:24 PM

Go for the Ridgid, RJ

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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#17 posted 01-24-2017 05:28 PM

Umm, I will recommend the ridgid too. Very versatile.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#18 posted 01-24-2017 05:33 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.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Oscillating-Spindle-Sander/G1071?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

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.

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#19 posted 01-24-2017 08:00 PM

+1 Rigid

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#20 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.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Oscillating-Spindle-Sander/G1071?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

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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