I am looking to buy an Oscillating Spindle Sander and I am thinking about
the Clayton model #146.
I don't care very much for the Delta, and there is no way I am buying a
Ryobi. I wouldn't mind one of the Taiwanese Max knock offs (floor models),
but I don't have the space. I did a google search and didn't come up with
much info on this sander.
Does anyone have one? Any comments on it?
Don't know what the bearing business is about, but the for the price, and
the shorter stroke, better be _damn_ good.
This has longer stroke, taller drum, square table to make jigging easier.
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Love mine, even added an insert to pattern sand. Good power, so-so dust
This one looks intriguing, having both of the most used types, but my
experience with Grizz is that it's spotty in quality.
I'm with George on this. The Jet is a good quality sander. You will not be
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I have owned the benchtop jet for about 1-1/2 years and have been very
pleased. I originally thought I needed (wanted) a larger floor
machine and looked at the bigger Jet and Grizzly. I shape a fair
amount of 8/4 oak in longer pieces and thought the larger table would
help. However, the smaller machine is doing fine. I can tape two
pieces of 8/4 oak together and stroke and power are more than ample to
do gang shaping. I also shape countoured saddles for some rocking
horses. This uses the full length of the drum and I apply a fair
amount of pressure. I have yet to slow the machine appreciably. The
only "problem" I have had is I recently found a setscrew under the
machine. I checked out the parts diagram and fixed it quickly. It
retailed for about $415 in October of '02 but I have seen it for
around $300 on Amazon.
Regarding comment on spotty Grizzly quality, I understand where that
comes from. I have visited the Springfiled store, and while most of
their machinery is of good to great quality, they do have a few
doggies. This is true of most any manufacturer. I have owned a 1023
cabinet saw for about two years and it is a wonderful machine. My son
in law just picked up a G0500 jointer and it appears to be well made
and solid. On the other hand, I had trouble getting excited about
their lathes. I understand their service is world-class but I haven't
had to test it. They did, however, get my saw delivered, on dock,
within 36 hours of my internet order.
Well, you're probably not going to believe me, but the Ryobi is actually a
great tool. And, no, my shop isn't full of Ryobi. But their spindle sander
does a great job. It is smooth, and never feels underpowered, even with the
3" spindle. Mine was stolen, and instead of replacing with a "better" unit,
I'm just going to get another Ryobi.
I agree with Brian,
The Ryobi is a great sander, and for only 100 $US, you aren't risking a
whole lot. It certainly seems a MUCH better deal than spending $650 (even
if it is Canadian $) on a benchtop OSS. I admit that Clayton looks to be
very well made, and probably has some benefits over and above the Ryobi.
BUT, the Ryobi works and works great, and that's what really matters, right?
Not some inflated sense of elitism about what tools are "good".
Except for their BE321 belt sander. That's a nice 3x21" VS sander.
Other than that - no Ryobi!
Oh, except for their OSS. That's been a nice surprise too!
Other than that and that - no way, no how!
<tilted head and wry smirk goes here>
I own and use the Clayton model and in my opinion it is much better
than any other machine on the market. It is smooth and powerful and
built like a battleship. This unit would give you and the next three
owners years of trouble free use. This is a wonderful machine.
Quality through out. It is expensive, but everything that is quality
is expensive. This is the last spindle sander you will ever need to
I remember the year that Clayton Spindle Sander died
They said for the last two weeks that he suffered and cried
It made a big impression on me, although I was a barefoot kid
They said he got religion at the end and I'm glad that he did.
Apologies to Tom T. Hall
I have one. Works well. Pluses...being able to change the spindle
from above and with only one wrench...inserts that fit well and fine
tune for flushness...including a 3 inch spindle, one of the most
useful sizes...compactness...should last forever. Minuses: too heavy
to be practical for someone who needs a tool to pull out and put away
each time it's used.
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