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FHG1

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02-05-2020 10:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tool recommendations

I’m currently in the market for a tabletop spindle sander. The market appears to be flooded with a number of different styles with as many different manufactures.

So here’s my question: Is it helpful, necessary, prudent to have a “table tilt”?

What are your thoughts?

t.

-- AnthonyG, Brockport New York


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teetomterrific

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#1 posted 02-05-2020 10:36 PM

I’m not sure how helpful table tilt is on a tabletop model but it can be useful on a full size spindle sander. My old Ryobi tabletop spindle sander did not have a tilt but it had a pretty decent top size and the top was cast iron. It cost me $99 new. I used it a whole lot. There are several manufacturers that make something similar now. Grizzly, ShopFox and Triton all OEM the same model with a slightly different cast iron top for $169.

I used it for close to 10 years before upgrading to a full size Grizzly G0171 which is awesome.

To be honest, in two years of owning this new Griz spindle sander I have yet to use the tilt feature.

Is there a particular model sander you are leaning towards and if so what’s your reasoning?

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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#2 posted 02-05-2020 11:54 PM

I have the combo OSS spindle sander with oscillating 4×24 belt sander. I’ve had the OSS only machines and this works as well and is more flexible.


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#3 posted 02-06-2020 12:34 AM

another vote for Ridgid Its something I dont use alot but when I need it it does a good job. The bellt is a plus. Cant beat it for the price

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#4 posted 02-06-2020 12:37 AM

I have the Wen which is the same as teetomterrific posted. No tilt, didn’t even think that was a thing, haven’t felt that I needed it. It was cheap and works great.

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#5 posted 02-06-2020 01:36 AM

I have the table top jet, it works well but expensive. I also have the combo unit from Ridgid and it great and works well. I have only used the table tilting once or twice.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-06-2020 01:52 AM

Anthony, Your going to find that the photo of the Ryobi posted is the same design used by numerous companies. It is obviously built in the same factory in China or Taiwan or where ever the hell they import it from. The only thing different is the label and the paint scheme. I’ve seen it priced at over $150 to the $95 at Walmart where I got mine.
It’s like everything in this world. You got to do your research.

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#7 posted 02-06-2020 02:17 AM

Well damn Now I know that I don’t have a tilting spindle sander :-(
Can’t say I’ve ever wished for it either though
I had a harbor freight model and it worked great, I sold it when I found and bought a us made floor standing model by Crouch Mfg but I honestly haven’t even used it yet. It’s something you may not use often but when you need it nothing else compares!!

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#8 posted 02-06-2020 04:53 AM

I have the Wen and I really like it. I also like their warrenty. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 02-06-2020 02:41 PM

Sitting here reading though the responses and I have been trying to think when I would need to tilt the table when using the spindle sander…. I have the Ridgid, I have used the tilt table when using the belt sander, but never when using the spindle. As a side note, I use it as a spindle sander most often, I seldom use the belt sander part. I have an old Craftsman 4×36 belt sander that was given to me and I find I use it much more.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 02-06-2020 03:40 PM

i have had a powermatic in the past and now have the jet that will tilt but i have yet to ever use it,so it depends on the kind of stuff you do or will do.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 02-06-2020 04:17 PM

I have the Clayton version, and have chuckled many times as I’ve seen the same one in different colors. I got it for $99 at a Woodcraft. When you need to sand a curve or an odd shape its an awesome tool, but I’ve never done any work where I wished the table would tilt. If I did, I would build a quick wedge jig to make it work. If I was a chair maker perhaps a tilting table would be more efficient

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Knockonit

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#12 posted 02-06-2020 04:23 PM

i have the delta BOss, and while it works well, i do struggle to keep sleeves secure on its tube, and the oss by rigid work well, i fell into a second one for nada and have it as a spindle only in lieu of belt to change out, dang things are worth their weight in silver when needed.
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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teetomterrific

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#13 posted 02-06-2020 05:05 PM



Anthony, Your going to find that the photo of the Ryobi posted is the same design used by numerous companies. It is obviously built in the same factory in China or Taiwan or where ever the hell they import it from. The only thing different is the label and the paint scheme. I ve seen it priced at over $150 to the $95 at Walmart where I got mine.
It s like everything in this world. You got to do your research.

- BurlyBob

Actually the Ryobi, (which is no longer made), was different from the various colored ones all of the same design. The top was bigger and there was only one anchor point in the front instead of 2 on the ones available now of a similar design. I kind of wish now I hadn’t sold mine when I bought my full size Grizzly spindle sander.

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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Charlie H.

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#14 posted 02-06-2020 08:44 PM

I have the Ridgid and use it quite often.
The only think that I find really annoying is the left hand thread lock down knob.
It is larger diameter than the two smallest sanding sleeves.
For taller jobs this is a complete pain in the rear when you need the small diameter sleeves.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Foghorn

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#15 posted 02-06-2020 10:41 PM

I used to have a Ridgid and it was a decent machine. The spindles were too short for a lot of the stuff I did though. I upgraded to a General International one with a cast iron table and up to 3” spindle. A much better machine but quite a bit pricier. I never did like the sanding belt on the Ridgid. It worked OK but I was constantly having to adjust the belt as it was always drifting. A 6” x 48” floor standing belt/disc sander was an excellent upgrade as well. The Ridgid would be one of the best in its price range though.

-- Darrel

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