Jet JBOSS-5 vs Grizzly 1071/Shop Fox 1686 full size spindle sanders

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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 02-19-2020 12:23 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2020 12:23 PM

So I have a few hundred bucks burning a hole in my pocket and would love to replace my two old benchtop 1/3 hp spindle sanders. (only have 1 drum for each machine a 1/2” for the Ryobi and a 2” for the AMT)

I can get the Jboss 5 benchtop sander for $400. it comes with 4 inserts and 5 spindles 1/4” thru 2”. A 3” spindle can be purchased for $70 but from what I understand there is no matching table insert available. apparently this machine comes with a 2” dust port so an adapter would be needed to attach it to a vac or dust collection system.

Stats for this machine are:
30 oscillations per minute
1” oscillation stroke
14.5” x 14.5” cast iron table

I have also been looking at the Shop Fox w1686 which is pretty much the same as a Grizzly 1071. I can get the Shop Fox shipped to me for $950. From what I can tell, there really aren’t many negatives against this machine. It comes with 10 sanding drums 1/4” x5 up to 4” x6” in size with 4 table inserts. Maybe dust collection is suspect on this machine as people have said a tabletop mounted solution seems to work best (easy to do with magnets/fence/hose -similar to a router table fence)

Stats for this machine are:
72 oscillations per min
1 1/2” oscillation stroke
Huge 25 1/4” x 25 1/4” cast iron table

I would love to hear from owners/users of any of the machines above. Are the floor standing spindle sanders worth the extra $500sh (lIf I bought the Jboss, Id also buy the $70 3” spindle as well) *Note I posted Amazon links but Id be buying the Shop Fox unit elsewhere.



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#1 posted 02-19-2020 02:54 PM

I went from the tabletop Jet to the full-size Grizzly spindle sander. I hated pulling the small one out every time I used it, so I found myself not using it as often as I could/should have. So I ended up putting the small sander on a stand which took up about as much real estate as a full size unit. Once I did that, I realized I might as well have the much larger table and thus purchased the Grizzly. Now it is convenient and is used often.

If you will use it, have the space and the extra dollars, buy the larger one.

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#2 posted 02-19-2020 06:50 PM

Wood magazine did a review on spindler sanders. I don’t remember how they rated the Grizzly or the Jet, but I do remember after reading the article thinking that the Rikon sounded like the best choice

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