Is an Oscillating Spindle Sander a SHOP most???

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Forum topic by Delta356 posted 08-06-2010 02:05 AM 5227 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2010 02:05 AM

Hi there, I propose this question, because I just finished reading a really good tool review on OSS ,and I thought my self is this a tool you really need ? Would a drum sander on a drill press pull the job of , or does the OSS take the drum sander out of question ?
I have thought a lot about these sanders and I love there design. I ‘m starting to build chairs now and have curves going out of my ears. I have been put in the spot were a drum sander on the drill press just doesn’t pull it off.
Then there’s the task of getting the table to right hight for the drum sander!!! (guys out there with old school drill press, no hand cranks know what I’m talking about).

Anyways I just wanted to here your guys opinions , Is an OSS a shop MOST????

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 02:14 AM

It is in my shop! I have the Ridgid OSS, and it gets a lot of use.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 02:15 AM

I’ve gotten by with out. But I want one really bad… I mean… I’m gonna pull the trigger any time now. ”My hand burned for the Randall knife”

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 02:18 AM

I have had similar thoughts. I am a big New Yankee Workshop fan and it seems that everything with a curve, especially an inside curve, Norm uses the OSS. The advantage over the drum sanding drill press is that it eliminates the grooving that you get with course sanding. The oscillating motion with the spin provides benefits similar to the results of a random orbit sander vs. a 1/4 sheet palm sander.

I have a really small shop, so right now, there just isn’t the space. Good luck.

Justin in Loveland, OH

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 02:32 AM

After having 2, my first one was a Ryobi and I now have a Delta B.O.S.S., I would have a hard time working without one. If you’re building something that has curves, it’s the easiest and best way to sand to the line.

-- Uncle Fester

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 02:41 AM

I have two one hand held and one floor model. They both were invaluable for making cabriole legs.
If you considering buying a OSS, Rigid makes one that’s very versatile and priced fairly At $199.


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#6 posted 08-06-2010 02:47 AM

There’s no comparison between a drill press/drum sander and an OSS.

I might only pull mine out once a year, but it’s worth it for those times alone.

-- Gerry,

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 03:05 AM

I have Grizzlies floor model. Use it all the time. I also have Grizzlies flap sander with a pneumatic drum on one side. I never use the drum side, the oss spindle sander is so much better, but use the flap sander all the time. Guess what I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be without the oss.spindle sander. Great time and finger saver. Same goes for the flap sander

-- mike & judy western md. www. [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-06-2010 03:38 AM

I bought the Harbor Freight OSS a couple of months ago, and think it works just fine. I got it for a little under $100 and it’s the exact same machine (except color) as the Triton and Rockwell units (which are over $150) It has a plastic body, but a decent cast iron table and decent dust collection. Not nearly as beefy as the big-bucks machines from Delta, Jet, etc., but for the weekend warrior it’s quite adequate. I always hate myself every time I go into HF, but some of their stuff is hard to resist for the money. There’s no comparison between a drill press drum sander and an OSS, so if you do a lot of curved work, I say go for it.

-- Gene T

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 03:40 AM

I could live without one – but I don’t want to. It is so much better than using a sander on the drill press for many applications.

In my case, space was an issue. I bought a PC handheld (model 122 I think) and a special plate so that I could mount the OSS in my router table in lieu of my router. It’s great! I just lift the router out, set the sander in and I am ready to go. This gives me a much larger work surface than most OSS’s and it takes up very little space.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 03:44 AM

A shop must, depends on how bad you think you need something. Some would put it on their basic equipment list and others wouldn’t. I still use my bench top drill press for my smaller sanding drums as well as my floor model drill press. I also have a Wilton OSS that I enjoy as well. The difference can be compared to that of a compact car and a luxury car. I do admit though I find myself using the drill press less for sanding as I once did. When you stop to think about it, I’ll bet the other sanders we have and use were or were not at one time a shop must in one way or another.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 04:23 AM

Thanks for the input. Sometimes I mount the drum sander into my lathe and it works great.
The questions is which would you buy???

Thanks, mike
Portland, OR


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#12 posted 08-06-2010 05:07 AM

Grizzly has a benchtop spindle sander for $129. I’ve got one and it works great.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#13 posted 08-06-2010 05:07 AM

After years of struggling with hand, drill press spindles, oscillating and random orbital sanding, I bought the Rigid OSS. I should have done it years ago. I did a set of 3 tables with cabriole legs and would have pulled out all of my remaining hair without the Rigid. It made quick work of forming the feet profiles and the multiple spindle sizes made inside curves easy. I found it very easy to change from spindle to belt, and after adjusting it actually got a square result using the table/belt.

All that being said, as with every sander I have ever used, dust control is marginal at best, but the time and effort savings were substantial.

-- vicrider

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#14 posted 08-06-2010 05:27 AM

Again it depends what your doing.
I bought the Ridgid OSS for making bandsaw boxes and detail sanding.

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#15 posted 08-06-2010 05:27 AM

I think an OSS is very valuable once curves are in the equation. I struggled with the drill press drums. Finally picked up one of those Rigid units sold through Home Depot. Not only a OSS but has an oscillating belt as well. I think it was picked by FWW or similar as a best buy. Only better would be a heavy iron floor standing unit but for my shop the Rigid if perfect.

-- Jerry

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