Which would you choose?


I'm cosidering getting an edge sander and spindle sander from grizzly. I had planned on getting the G1071 spindle sander and the G0512 (or maybe G1140 or G1531) edge sander. Then I noticed that they had what looks like a new tool. It's the G0563 edge sander.
So for $1300 or so, you can get an edge sander that oscilates 3/4" and has a, probably poor but enough for what I do, spindle sander on one end. But it has 2 hp and weighs in at 462lbs. Or...
I could go with the original plan and get two separate machines. The 1071 has a 1.5" stroke and a 1hp motor. The G0512 doesn't oscilate at all costs $650. The 1071 is about $650 also.
So would you opt for an inferior spindle sander to get an edge sander that oscilates, more hp, and a cast iron table? Shop space isn't really a problem for me, but why waste the space? I'd hate to opt for the G0563, then hate the spindle sander, then end up with the G1071 anyway.
So what would you do?
brian
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On 1 Apr 2005 14:38:35 -0800, the inscrutable "brianlanning"

Step back 5 yards and punt.
Move over to the table saw, cut some 1/16" strips of 8/4 material, and crosscut it into foot-long pieces. Then I'd glue some little knobs onto one side and a piece of sandpaper on the other. Those would help me sand a lot of edges for a lot less than a spindle sander. Along with a few rasps, round and half-round files, etc. you can cover a lot of angles. If it's good enough for David Marks...
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brianlanning wrote:

of those machines but some experience with Grizz products (positive). And since I don't see much in the way of rabid users of these sanders chiming in, you may be on your own. I see that space is not a problem and apparently since you are considering a major purchase, money is not a biggie either. I have one of the Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sanders and I like it a lot. What do I do when it craps out? Craftsman had a belt/spindle/orbital sander that got some good reviews. Delta, Jet, etc... also have entries. After consulting my wallet, I would probably go in that direction. However, if you buy one of these Griz jobs and love it, well... I can always give up milk or something.
In short, Griz makes some good stuff. If you don't have to give up milk or beer to get one, go for it. Let us know how it works out. Consider it a public gift.
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Basically, It's just a three car garage. We're moving into a new (to us) house. I have to insulate and build some cabinets before it's livable. I'm starting from scratch. I still have to add a subpanel and all that.

The stars have sort of aligned at the moment so I have some money to get the machines I'm missing. I also need a jointer which is going to be a painful decision. Over the next six months, I'll be getting half a dozen machines. But it's a fixed budget, so I'm not sure where to put the money.

I've heard good things about that machine. The big grizzly stuff really is overkill for me. It's like a honda vs a mercedes. I've also been wondering if a delta boss would easily be enough. I may just go that way instead. But I know I'll always wish I had gotten the big one.

The delta and jet big oss machines don't look any better than the grizzly, but cost more. There's that smaller jet oss though. People seems to like that machine also.

I'll review whatever I get.
brian
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brianlanning wrote:

Or what *did* I do?
I ended up with a Boice-Crane spindle sander that oscillates and an Acme 2C edge sander that doesn't. I've found no reason to not like the Acme.
The Boice-Crane doesn't get used much but I wouldn't get rid of it for the world. The Acme comes in second for "the most used machine" in my shop.
As always, Your Mileage May Vary.
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I see myself using the edge sander a lot more also.
So have you had problems with uneven wear on the edge sander? or burning?
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