I have been using a Ridgid oscillating edge/belt spindle sander, that
a friend gave me about a year ago. He had it for about 3-4 years and it
stopped oscillating. After trying to fix it, he just bought a new one.
Same model, different color. I took it apart, and put it back together
and it's been working since! I love it. I have a 12" disc sander on an
old 10er Shopsmith, that I had been using, but now use the belt. The
oscillating aspect of it makes it sand better, and the belts last
longer. I really like the spindle sander. I'm sure for a lot more
bucks, you could buy an industrial model, that would have more power,
but I find for my use It's great. I sand 2x stock with it with no
Hope this helps you decide.
Let me ask you a question. Assuming you do wood working as a hobby,
would you rather have the Rigid spindle/belt, or a $200 belt/disc
sander? I would pick the Rigid. I find I use the spindle a lot. The
fact that the belt and spindle oscillate, makes a big difference.
I once saw a shop made deal that used a motor to oscillate the quill on
a drill press for sanding.
It is a matter of construction. To accomplish the oscillating motion, they
sacrifice ruggedness. For instance, you must use DC with the Rigid or it
will just jam up; you won't find that on a normal belt sander.
I have had mine for 3 years and it is doing fine; but I have been careful
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