I finally need an oscillating spindle sander. I am thinking this afternoon
of going to HD and buying the Ridgid for $200. The belt sander part is
appealing because I have a 4x24 already and will have the belts. Any body
have comments on this model?
I owned the Powermatic/Jet one which worked well but there is a design flaw
in the gearing and the parts fail rapidly. It also costs twice as much.
I've had mine for about 3 or 4 years. While not as good as a big cast iron
top model that cost twice as much, it is a great tool for the home shop. I
don't know of a project where I've not used it for something.
A google search may be more helpful. There have been many discussions about
this particular model sander and almost all owners are happy or eventually
happy with it. I do not own one but am considering a spindle sander also.
From the last 3 or 4 years of posts about the Ridgid sander there seems to
be about a 40 percent chance that it will not have a table that is
perpendicular to the spindle. Seems getting one set up correctly is not a
certainty. But again, most all owners are happy and pleased with the unit
even if they have to exchange or tweak the unit.
I have had the Rigid for a couple of years now and have had no problems with
it. It doesn't get used daily but is used with most every project. I always
think I need a larger sander but in the end, this one will do the job for
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