Oscillating Edge Sander question

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03-25-2014 02:51 PM

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I am looking into getting an oscillating edge sander. This is an edge sander that besides the belt moving forward also moves up and down.

In my research i have noticed that there is a difference in the amount of oscillation. One brand has 1/4” of oscillation, another has 1/2” and a third one has 3/4”. I am curious why there is a difference and if it makes any difference in the sanding.

I am sanding work that’s approximately 1-3/4” thick and am looking for a way to speed the sanding process and to make it easier at the same time.

Anybody have any experience with oscillating sanders or thoughts?

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 01:36 AM

The greater the oscillation the cooler the belt and the work will stay, thus less fouling and buildup on your abrasive . Depends mostly on what your doing and what grits your using. Any oscillation would be better than none, but in some infrequent situations too much throw could be too much.

Basically, abrasive life is longer.

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 12:43 PM

I use a Jet oscillating edge sander and I feel very comfortable in saying whatever you do, don’t buy the jet. It has a pretty terrible design for tilting the belt and the cam lock to hold it square is so cheap it takes several minutes to just get it to engage. When the guy I was working with tried to get it square he needed my help to hold the thing steady while he worked the cam.

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 01:04 PM

Im not sure what size you need, but I love my Ridgid oscilating belt/spindle sander and it seems to be well reviewed online. New for 199, its a great tool if it fits your size needs. The one area I feel it lacks out of the box is dust collection, so I set mine up based on ideas shared from the good folks here on LJs.

I cant for the life of me find the guy who first posted the 4 inch scoop behind the belt, so if you do read this, then Sir please chime in so I can give credit where it is due.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 02:05 PM

+1 more endorsement for the Ridgid. It’s about perfect for the size you mention. Plus, you can change out the belt sander attachment and make it an oscillating spindle sander instead. My only real gripes with it are that the table is kind of crummy (painted aluminum, but not gonna get CI for this price), and there’s no way to turn off the oscillation or control the speed. They’re minor nits though, I still absolutely love it.

Dust collection is pretty good as-is, but adding an auxiliary scoop like TBW shows certainly helps.

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 05:42 PM

Thanks for the input so far. I am looking at one with a 89” belt. Some of the work I do involves sides up to 30” long.

As far as volume of work, I am doing about 200 feet of 1-3/4” Europly stock with a 60 grit belt daily. I am currently using a Grizzly 80” edge sander. Was thinking that the oscillating effect would help with removing stock.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 05:46 PM

Can you adjust the angle on your table so that one end is higher than the other, therefore using more of your belt?

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 05:47 PM

Ridgid is the best

-- Bert

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 06:04 PM

It seems everyone is praising the Ridgid sander#EB4424 but apparently there has been some shortcuts taken in the production of this sander lately,have heard complaints about excessive vibrations,or platten not being flat,overall flimsy assembly.
If I were to buy one I would be looking for the older ones ,there was an older Grey one available here on local CL for $40 and was sold within minutes.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 06:17 PM

I’ve never used the grizzly edge sander. But I have used ritters and they were pretty much bomb and idiot proof. Good results, not great, on solid wood cabinet doors mostly, not the ply you’re using. Did you try looking on woodweb? Mostly cabinet shops hang out there, not so many people using hobby machinery.

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