Need a Spindle Sander... Thoughts on a Bauer from HF?

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06-19-2021 01:31 AM

Looking for a spindle sander but can’t afford a floor model at the moment, so I was leaning towards one of the many bench top models out there available around the $200 mark. I’m leaning towards the HF Bauer unit which is like the Rigid model. Was going to drop by HD today and pick up one up, but apparently they are no longer in stock at HD or at least in my location as I tried to purchase online. The Bauer looks to be identical to the Rigid version. As I was originally only wanting a spindle sander, the added belt sander option is a plus.

Anyone have any experience with the HF Bauer version?

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#1 posted 06-19-2021 01:40 AM

The Bauer looks identical to the Wen, but it’s not the same as a Ridgid. The Ridgid has a feature that all the others forgot… A miter slot.

That seemingly inconsequential detail makes a big difference in my projects. It allows me to chamfer through tenons with a miter gauge. Combined with the tilting table it’s really quite useful.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 06-19-2021 09:04 AM

They all look the same, but some differences in stroke and HP. I have the WEN. Use it more than I thought.

Many do love their Ridgid. I have the HF disk sander too. A bit more but probably worth it.

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#3 posted 06-19-2021 02:32 PM

The Rigid is no longer available. I’ve looked all over for one.

The Wen, Triton, Grizzly, and Bauer all look to be the same from what I can tell. Not sure on the oscillation movement on each, but the all have a 3.5a motor (probably ~1/4hp).

I’d rather have a dedicated floor model spindle sander and a 20” disc sander, but neither are in my near future so hopefully this can fill the void until I can acquire something better.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#4 posted 06-19-2021 02:35 PM

I have the Ridgid and wouldn’t part with it for anything!

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#5 posted 06-19-2021 02:39 PM

I have a Ridgid and recently had a post about it. First off Home Depot has one of the worst websites out of any large company, hard to search accurately and stock levels are seldom correct. That said it showed out of stock at all the stores by my house. I live in a large city and there are several HDs near me. I went to the closest one and they had 2 in stock. Another one nearby also had 2. So i bought one as I read some of the minor features the Ridgid had that the clones were missing.

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#6 posted 06-19-2021 02:48 PM

I just bought a Ridgid online at Home Depot last week. I think the comment, “The Ridged is no longer available” is incorrect, it’s probably in the same category as Laguna and other products…. backordered because of the pandemic.

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#7 posted 06-19-2021 02:54 PM

Well, I went to the HomeDepot website and the product is not even listed. Then, I went to the Rigid website to purchase…which sent me to HD website and said product is no longer available. Not available on Amazon either.

Is it available online for anyone else? It very well may as you said related to low inventories. I’ll give them a call.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#8 posted 06-19-2021 03:07 PM

This is another source, slightly more expensive than the $267 I paid last week. The price is lower than what they have listed. It goes down to $307 when you add it to your cart.

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#9 posted 06-19-2021 03:21 PM

I did the same thing, unavailable at HD, went directly to Ridgid which sent me to HD. I tried it over a few days and it was suddenly available at HD. I assume they’re getting limited quantities in at intervals, and since they don’t have a back order system it’s 1st come 1st serve.

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#10 posted 06-19-2021 03:34 PM

I did call the person I spoke with said it was not carried in stores (at least in my area) and was available online. The product is not discontinued as far as she was aware. So must be inventory thing. Guess I’ll be picking up a Bauer today.

Thanks for the feed back. I’ll post up a review of the sander once I give is some use.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#11 posted 06-19-2021 04:05 PM

I’ve never heard of the online store called Rayton Store they supposedly have it for $209 and free shipping. If you’re a gambler here’s the link… Ridgid They have NO phone number, that’s odd.

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#12 posted 06-19-2021 04:34 PM

Yeah like I mentioned, Home Depot’s website is absolute dog crap. If you search for it ON their website search, it will just show you random models that they don’t even carry in stores, like Wen. I was finally able to find it trough google searches, but it said out of stock everywhere, even though they had 1 or 2 in stock at every store I went to.

Unfortunately with a lot of big chain stores is that the “online” presence is a lot of times a different department or even a different company than the brick and mortar and there is a huge lack of communication. If you really want just drive down and get one. If you don’t feel like driving then just order one of the lesser models.

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#13 posted 06-19-2021 04:59 PM

I have the ridgid too. bought it several years ago and love it.
Looking now I too can not find it in stock at HD. Although I have seen it recently. I would try to hold out and be vigilant about searching for it. Trying to be the 1st come 1st serve when they do get them.
I too have looked online, and even in the store for products. found empty shelf and no online stock on a Dewalt hedge trimmer. asked the guy to check anyway and he found 3 in the over head. but not in any computer inventory, or on display.
I did a search of HD and found several spindle sanders. Most were just a spindle sander, and the Wen model that also has a belt.
Not only is the belt version missing the miter slot. All of them only have a 5/8” stroke.
Ridgid has a 3/4” stroke. That even is small, and I have never been happy that that is all the stroke it came with.
But it still serves me well. I too was on a budget and the Ridgid was affordable to me at the time.

But this $499 Jet has a full 1” of spindle stoke. And the crazy $2k Delta has 1.5” stroke.
But neither has a miter slot.

-- John

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#15 posted 06-19-2021 05:54 PM

If your only looking for the Spindle Sander, I have the HF Central Machinery Spindle Sander. Works good but noisy. The oscillating sander has a high pitch whine to it. I wear hearing protection when using it. Over time the sand paper sleeve may slip on the shaft while sanding. To correct this, I put a strip of paper or painters tape on the inside of the sand paper sleeve.

As you mentioned the belt sander version is a plus. I didn’t need that option since I have a 6×80 edge sander.

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