Brain Pain Over Disc/Belt Sander Purchase. Help Me

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Forum topic by 870pilot posted 12-15-2010 05:24 AM 2168 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2010 05:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander sanding

Fellow LJ brethren… I haven’t been here long but I’m impressed with the cavernous amount of knowledge found here. Thus, after copious reseach into a new belt/disc sander, I have a headache. My brain is full of sometimes/mostly contradictory reviews on the same machines where a machine gets three five star high fives and three one-star bashes. Reviewers be whom they are, I’d rather hear from fellow LJ’ers.

I need a disc/belt machine to sand small wood objects, in my home shop, and so far, I’m attracted to this Jet machine

The price is a bit on the high side, some reviewers complain that the single post does not hold the cast iron table well, that there is some deflection when weight is applied etc. On the other end of the spectrum, I, don’t freak, found a Craftsman for about $200 less. I’m not a Festool league kinda guy but I won’t buy a sander from Harbor Freight either.

I need some Tylenol… and your help.


-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 06:17 AM

At the risk of adding to your dilemma, I’ll suggest that you look at the Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander. I’ve never had a Jet combo sander, but I’ve had a couple of similar machines and wasn’t that fond of any of them.

You should be able to get the Ridgid for about half the cost of the Jet and with it’s belt sander attachment, it should do everything you could do with the Jet.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 07:32 AM

I have the HF rendition I got for $45. Going on three years now and no complaints. But I agree with Sawkerf on the Ridgid. The Jet is over priced by about $400. in my opinion.

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 11:43 AM

I vote for the Rigid spindle/belt sander combo. I bought mine for $199 at Home Depot. I was a little leary. I too was wanting a belt/disk combo and my dissappointing experience with a spindle sander was from the drill press mounted type. The Rigid has completely changed my mind. I no longer even wish for a belt/disk combo. If my Rigid burned up tomorrow, I buy another one in a heartbeat. No, wait. Since Rigid stands behind their tools, I’d get another one free since mine is still under warranty.
I don’t do reviews, but I’d give the Rigid Oscillating Spindle/Belt sander combo ten stars if that was possible.


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#4 posted 12-15-2010 01:15 PM

Sawkerf, welding rod and william… no risk for more drama, actually, after taking your triple-threat suggestion, I did some cyber-searching and was pleased with the results. I see a trip to HD in the near future to check this puppy out. The price tag is right and I like a lot of features already and it sounds like William’s experience with Ridgid is solid. Thanks guys, I’ll post my findings for sure. Ain’t this place great?

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 06:32 PM

I paid $169 for a SIX inch by 48 inch statioary belt sander from harbor freight and it serves me well. I use it a LOT. I do not use it’s disc sander at all. I had a 4” Riobi before that. I liked it also.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 01:53 AM

I have had the Rikon 6×48 belt sander for about 6 months now and it has performed like a trooper. With the 2 yr warranty it runs around $399. You can find them on sale for less at Woodcraft fairly often if you keep your eyes open.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 03:11 AM

I’ve got the Rigid osc. spindle/belt sander and have used the heck out of it. I sand some really small pieces. I have not been disappointed. It comes with the belt sander and 5 different size spindles.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 03:22 AM

Have you looked at Grizzly?
They have good tools, at a decent price, but for some reason, are not big in most woodworker communities.
They have been around for a long time, and do everything from small to BIG.
Check out this, for a starting point.

As noted by others, Ridgid also makes good tools at a decent price.

Good luck.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 03:43 AM

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 04:00 AM

the guys/gals at ridgid need to make one more oss unit ‘cause i just bought one! haven’t had a chance to spool it up yet, but it looks and feels right. i did of course look at the grizzly, but it seems like their entry machine that KDO mentioned is the same sander that a bunch of companies sell, just painted in various corporate colors. that particular style seemed to have more than its share of either great reviews or bad reviews. thanks guys, when i get some belts from klingspor and give my new palm box attempts a try, i’ll post for sure.

-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan

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