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Forum topic by SteveT posted 09-30-2020 03:49 PM 581 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2020 03:49 PM

I have a Wen oscillating sander, which is the same sander that is sold under a number of brand names.

I noticed that the spindle is not perpendicular to the table. Am I crazy and it has always been this way? I never noticed it before and the sander seems to vibrates more.

If not normal, any ideas how to correct it? I did download the users manual which does have an exploded diagram of all of the parts. I may have to dive in and start taking it apart.

Sorry for the rotated view. It is not rotated when viewed on my laptop.


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#1 posted 09-30-2020 04:31 PM

ummmmmm – no. (how long have you had it – is it new – where did you buy it).
I am thinking that the whole concept of a spindle is to be perpendicular to the table.
I have the same sander and love it. it is dead 90 degrees to the table and I’ve been
using it pretty steady the past few days with zero issues.

I just checked inside the body to see if there is a an adjustment you can make – there is none.
take it back to where you got it from for an exchange or full refund, if possible.
if you can’t return it – an option would be to make a plywood (or MDF) table and attach it to
the cast iron table to have a true 90 degree spindle.

and the same procedure if you “needed” an offset spindle for sanding multiple projects
with the same sanding angle.

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#2 posted 09-30-2020 05:49 PM

IMHO – this is how a spindle should look and operate:

and definitely not what you have !!! does the shaft vibrate or flutter off center ??

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#3 posted 09-30-2020 06:03 PM

wonder if a mounting nut for the spindle assembly came loose

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#4 posted 09-30-2020 06:14 PM

I’ve got the same sander, makes me think I need to check it.

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#5 posted 09-30-2020 06:22 PM

Steve I’d say the most likely problem is that the shaft got bent, probably in the journey across the ocean. Hopefully you can return it assuming you bought it new.
Or does it rotate about that axis and not flip around? If so then the spindle /motor to table mounting points in the right side are broken/bent

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#6 posted 09-30-2020 06:24 PM

Yeah, if the table isn’t designed to tilt, I’d get into it and see what’s amiss. Maybe a mounting bolt vibrated loose.

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#7 posted 09-30-2020 06:27 PM

Thanks. I have the motor and shaft out and it appears that the spindle is bent. I don’t know how this happened since it has been mounted to a bench and not dropped or anything like that. So far I have not been able to remove the spindle, and I’m beginning to think that this is toast. :-(

I’ve had this for a few years, so I’d have to buy a new one if I can’t fix it.

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#8 posted 09-30-2020 08:31 PM

I got the spindle out and have the part number from the manual I downloaded. I couldn’t find the spindle or part number on Wen’s website …... of course. I called the 800 number, waited 20 or more minutes, and spoke with someone. He agreed on the part number, but couldn’t find it in their parts database. He is going to forward it on to the “parts guy” who is supposed to call me by tomorrow.

Hopefully I will be able to reassemble it if I do get a spindle.

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#9 posted 09-30-2020 08:40 PM

If that is the sander I think it is, it sells for 125.00 . If the one you have now is out of warranty I’d pickup another one and get back to work. And, if you do check it out of square to the table before you use it.

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#10 posted 09-30-2020 09:00 PM

Steve – did you run it with the bent shaft ??
I bet that thing sounded like a hummingbird on fire.

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#11 posted 09-30-2020 09:12 PM

I did run it with the bent shaft. It vibrated quite a bit, but I did have it screwed into the workbench. I used it a few weeks ago and don’t remember it doing this. But I do have vague memory of thinking that the sanded wood was not square. So, maybe I wasn’t paying attention. I don’t think I hit the spindle hard at anytime though, so I’m not sure what would’ve caused this.

I got this one on sale around xmas in what appears to be 2014. The serial number is 05/2014. I could just go buy a new one, but then this ends up in the dump which I don’t like doing. If I can get a replacement spindle for under $20 then I’ll give it a shot. I’ve been in a woodworking slump this summer, so a delay is ok. I usually come out of my slumps when I start spending more time indoors as it gets darker and colder.

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#12 posted 09-30-2020 09:22 PM

since you have the spindle out – and nothing to lose until you hear from the “parts guy”,
I would try to straighten it out myself. like straightening a bent nail – some hammering
and rolling on a flat surface. (or vertical in a steady vise taping gently). whatever works for you.

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#13 posted 10-01-2020 04:03 AM

I have the same sander and after reading this, ran out to my shop to check it. Mine is just about as close to 90 degrees to the table that you could possibly get. It also has no vibration or odd sounds. I’m with John Smith on trying to straightening it out, like he said, ” nothing to lose ”. Mel

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#14 posted 10-21-2020 05:20 PM

I received the new spindle. Approx $10 shipped to me. Wen’s customer service was pretty good, but they were switching over to a new parts system which caused a some delay.

I got the sander back together (after many attempts) turned it on without a drum attached, and the spindle turned smoothly while oscillating up and down. Great, or so I thought. I went to attach a sanding drum, and while tightening the nut to expand the rubber cylinder, the spindle kept turning with the nut. GRRRRRRRR!

I can’t figure out what holds the spindle in one direction from the parts diagram. Frustration has taken over, so I have to walk away from it for awhile, then stare at the diagram again.

There could be a new sander in my future.

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