If all you have is a belt sander, I highly recommend buying a Ridgid spindle sander….I never even use the belt attachment on mine, but I use the spindle almost everyday. Fine woodworking mag. Gave it tops in their tool review. even at its normal price of $200, it is a couple of hundred cheaper than the next closest spindle sander.
Ever since you made this post yesterday, I have been trying to come up with a reason to go to Tulsa (hour and a half away) I really can not think of a any tool I have to have a H/D…but you never know. But a almost two hour drive is to far for just looking around. My wife just came in and asked if I cared if she went to the mall to get some dresses for my daughter….The mall happens to be across the street from H/D…can you see where this is going ???
I almost jumped out of my chair and said "Sure, I will ride along"...My daughter came in and gave me a big hug, said thanks and couldn't believe I wanted to go along…. My wife was smiling and all was good. They started down the hall to get ready and my wife stopped, turned around with a funny look on her face…then said.."What tool did you find on sale and where?"
Does she know me or not,lol. So I am off to see what new toys I can buy that I really do not need but can not live with out !!!
Well as usual, put me at a tool sale, and I am going to buy things I did not need. Bought a new Porter cable Biscuit Joiner and a new Ridgid 6 inch orbital sander. Regular price was around $350 for both, so they knocked off $75.
I REALLY wish we had taken my truck to Tulsa instead of the wifes car….. I have been thinking about buying a new Milwaukee 12 inch sliding miter saw. They run over $600 (Which is why I still do not have one) with the sale they were having…they were around $450. I was really trying to figure out how I could fit this monster into the wifes car (and with out her noticing).
So it's probably a good thing we didn't take my truck after all. Now I can still pay the utility bills this month.
lol…Thats right Bob, when the wife starts to complain… I will blame you. As I said, I really didn't need these, but the Biscuit Joiner I had was a Dewalt, and I have never been very happy with it, so I figured I would try the Porter cable, and I SURE didn't need another sander. But I didn't have a six inch….and when I grabed the joiner, I told myself…."Well, I am getting $25 off, if I spend around a $100 more, I will get $75 off" woodworker logic at its best !!!
I am fairly certain that Lowe's will match this ad. We have both in our little burg, but Lowe's is bigger. They do not carry Rigid of course, but the only thing I own with Rigid on it is a pipe wrench.
I need to go look at that RIDGID belt/spindle sander as I have lusted after one for years but just would not pu;; the trigger. Maybe this time.
For the price it can't be beat…normal price is $200…..with the sale it is $175. But if your going to get one, I advise you to call ahead, a friend asked me to pick him up one at the sale, the tool "Boy" said that the sold out of the spindle sanders first thing that morning.
Their are three H/D's in Tulsa, he called all three and all three were sold out. I called him a "Tool Boy" because he works in the tool department, yet knew absolutely "NOTHING" about tools. I asked him if they had any Ridgid spindle sanders put away in stock since I saw none on the floor….he took me to the belt sanders After I explained what they were, he still had no clue and had to look it up on the computer. Then he knew what I was talking about and told me they had sold out that morning.
Like I said, it is a small burg…only ~ 25,000. It really isn't much out of the way to check for one. I might get a "tool boy" on the phone too. Hopefully things will slow down enough so that I can go by. I teach emotionally disturbed students, 1-5 and we are really having a rough time right now. Not sure what is going on that there suddenly seem to be so many showing up in Kerrville. Now I just have to learn to post pix so I can show off my king size bed…it only took three rebuilds to please SWMBO. I will have to admit that one of her ideas was very good, but my original plan for the side boards and foot board was better and she agrees, a minor miracle in itself.
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