Rigid Oscillating Spindle Sander? Thoughts?

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Forum topic by SMP posted 10-21-2020 06:31 PM 705 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2020 06:31 PM

Hey all. My belt sander has seen better days. I was considering replacing it, but i rarely need it hand held. But then I saw someone mention that this rigid oscillating spindle sander can take the place of a belt sander and possibly even my combo disc/belt benchtop sander? I have been wanting an oscillating spindle sander, but I don’t want more machines. Think I could replace my 6” disc/belt benchtop sander with this?

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#1 posted 10-21-2020 06:42 PM

I have had great luck with mine, but there are times I need a dedicated disk sander or narrow belt. It all depends on the type of work you do.

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#2 posted 10-21-2020 07:12 PM

I’m interested in one of these myself…

A late friend had the spindle-only version, and it worked very well for inside curves, and seeps to be reasonably well built, particularly for its price point. The oscillating feature extends the life of abrasives.

The belt/spindle version (which was not available when he bought his) should work better on flat surfaces or outside curves (and the end of the belt would probably work as well on some inside curves).

That is, on small workpieces. It should not be considered the equivalent of larger belt and disk sanders, that have more power and abrasive area (but also usually lack the oscillating feature unless you pay for commercial-class machines.)

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#3 posted 10-21-2020 07:13 PM

It’s been a workhorse & highly used machine for me on the bandsaw boxes I make.

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#4 posted 10-21-2020 07:16 PM

I have an old craftsman 6×48” belt/disk sander. I can’t imagine the spindle sander would take it’s place. The end of it is sort of like a horizontal spindle sander albiet one size. Both would be nice but I’d take the stationary belt sander over a spindle if I had to choose one.

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#5 posted 10-21-2020 07:53 PM

It’s a great little machine. It’s not perfect but it’s does a fine job. I use the belt sander about 75% of the time and the spindles about 25% of the time. The small end of the belt sander often does the job of a medium or larger spindle. I would say that the platten behind the belt is 6”- 8” long, and that’s the only place where you will get a smooth cut. I added a Rockler sliding sanding platform to it so I can dial in angles. It can do most of what a disc sander can but if you have a disc sander I wouldn’t rush to sell it or give it away. The frustrating part for many people is that the spindle nut that holds the spindles or belt mechanism in place is reverse threaded, just keep this in mind. Dust collection is okay at best. It’s not heavy at all. It also has a tilting table which many spindle sanders lack. If mine broke I would replace it quickly.

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#6 posted 10-21-2020 08:24 PM

Thanks for the input so far. FWIW, i can’t remember the last time I used the belt on my combo sander. I mainly use the disc when I cut something with a jig saw, i cut just outside the line then use the disc to sand to line and get the cut squared. It seems like i would be able to do this with the spindle set to the belt setting? Home Depot doesn’t have one on display.

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#7 posted 10-21-2020 08:38 PM

I had one and it worked quite well. I did have issues with the tracking on the belt that seemed to always need adjustment and was always raggedy on the edges of the belt as a result. The spindle works well but is shorter than the ones on a dedicated one as I have now. I also use different magnetic jigs on my spindle sander which isn’t as easy on the Ridgid as the table is not steel. A good tool for the price though.

-- Darrel

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#8 posted 10-21-2020 08:53 PM

I have been using mine for a few years now and it does a great job.
I bought it for its spindle sanding capabilities but I probably use it more in its belt sanding configuration.
The only issue I had with it was when I mounted it to my flip top cart and didn’t remove all of the little black washers from their little holding spaces. A couple of them wound up inside the unit and I had to take it apart to retrieve them.
That was my error not the machines but a good reminder if you plan on flipping it upside down. :)

If you watch a lot of YouTube wood working videos you will see that it is a very popular unit.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#9 posted 10-21-2020 09:16 PM

I’ve had one for eight years. I don’t use it every day but when I do it usually fits my needs. If it died I would buy another.

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#10 posted 10-21-2020 09:56 PM

Have looked at this machine for years, only $198.00 in Canada? I have a Delta 4 Inch x 36 Inch Belt & 6 Inch Disc Sander that is brand new, neighbor was cleaning out his garage and found it, he won it in a golf tournament many years ago, he had no use for it so gave it to me:) Had a Ryobi spindle sander years ago, used it for one project (90 bottle wine rack) then sold it in a garage sale years later due to never using it? Guess when you need it great but if something just sits on a shelf for years???

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#11 posted 10-21-2020 10:08 PM

I have an old Craftsman 6×48 belt/disk sander, a 19×38 wide belt, another small HF 4×32? belt/disc that I use for a pretty specialized use. And I have an oscillating HF sander, with a variety of drums. Supplemented with an army of ROS and pad sanders, a few air sanders. I think I’m pretty much set.

I wish for, but will likely never get unless it’s from an auction an edge belt sander, with a nice sized table, but I don’t lack it enough to pay what they go for.

I’ve looked at that Rigid a few times when in the store, I keep thinking it’s too small for the belt to do a lot for me. I do hear many peeps rave about it though.

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#12 posted 10-21-2020 10:54 PM

I love mine! Use it for all kinds of stuff.

I use it all the time for getting super close to lines without any fear of tear out from a router bit! It really was a game changer when I got it.

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#13 posted 10-22-2020 02:07 AM

The Rigid sander your mentioning is a good small multi-purpose sander with a tilt bed. You may end up using it more than you think. Over time like most spindle sanders, when using the spindle sander portion alone with sandpaper tubes, the sanding tubes begin to slip a little on the rollers. The fix is, add a peace of paper between the sanding tube and roller to take up the slack, helps to reduce slipping when you get a slipping issue. I almost purchased one, instead I ended up getting a HF spindle sander and a Grizzly 6×86 edge sander. the 6×86 edge sander is my second most utilized tool in the shop. I also use it to joint boards for glue-up.

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#14 posted 10-25-2020 08:19 PM

You might want to reconsider the choice of a Ridgid sander. I was faced with the same decision (oh, my! It has been 3 1/2 years now!) and I decided against the Ridgid sander. Although the Ridgid sander was a fine product when they released it, it has suffered from cost-cutting over the years. The single biggest deal-breaker when I looked at both was the switch to plastic drums for the belt-sanding unit. The Grizzly unit still had metal drums when I bought it.

I decided on a Grizzly product that is similar but definitely not the same. You can find my reviews on this product and the differences between it and the Ridgid product here:

Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 1

Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 2

I have had this unit for 3 1/2 years now. I haven’t used the hell out of it, but I have used it for all of that time and I really like it. It is still going strong. This same unit is sold under a number of different brands including Harbor Freight now. I think I would trust Grizzly more and, right now, on sale, the Grizzly unit is cheaper than HF.

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