Does anyone have any experience with Ridgid's belt/spindle oscillating
sander...It is not a Clayton but neither is the price.
It looks like a well built machine for the price
vs Delta's BOSS..have heard some not so good stories about it.
Anyone have any recommendations.
Ed, looks like you and I share some of the same tools.
I agree with Ed's and others' assessment. Did I mention it was another
tool I bought at a 40% off yellow tag sale?
After building one of those flip top rolling tables, the sander and
planer take up very little real estate in my shop.
Tom, do you happen to have any pictures of your flip-top stand? I
recently purchased the Ridgid sander and like you I would like to mount
it to a flip-top stand along with my planer. The dimensions of the two
tools are different and I'd be curious to see how you handled that on
+ the belt sander is easy to convert and quite handy to use.
+ the table is relatively large
+ miter slot is occasionally useful
+ works well and is reasonably quiet
- dust collection is marginal but adequate (had expected better)
- no power cord storage
- no variable speed
- tracking on belt sander is finicky
Am I happy with it? Mostly
Would I buy it again? Got it on a close-out, so if the price was still
Pat & Maryann Dwan wrote:
Check out the Craftsman(419 usd) or Palmgren(500 usd) 3 in one sanding
center. Has a 12" disk, 6x48 belt and OSS together in one machine
with built in dust collection and variable speed. It's got some good
reviews the last two months. I bought one last week and it appears to
be a well put together unit. I've yet to put it through it's paces.
It's a little more costly than the Ridgid but seems much sturdier.
They also make a smaller unit for a little less money.
I like my Ridgid belt/oss. It's the only Ridgid tool I own, but I
liked the design and the option to use the belt. I leave the belt on
most of the time, as it still allows me to use the "spindle" end for
inside curves. Belt changes are easy. However, I am an occasional
weekend-warrior, so mine gets pretty light use. It works great for my
purposes, but all the plastice pieces don't give me a great deal of
confidence that it would do well in heavy use or a production type
setting. Also, my one big gripe with it is that the dust collection
just doesn't work, and this is a big negative with a sanding machine,
I've had one for 3 or so years now and like it a lot. Mine must be the
only one in which the dust collection works reasonably well. I plug in
the shop vacuum into the receptacle provided and do my thing. I too
have the belt in place perhaps 90% of the time. Prior to this I had a
Craftsman 6xwhatever-it-was belt with a 9" disk. Sold it when I got the
Ridgid because 1)I seldom if ever used it, and 2)I couldn't get the belt
to track the whole time I used it. Unless, of course, one defines
tracking as rubbing the belt against a bracket on one side or the other.
I thought about the PC, but the sander plus insert for my table was more
than the Ridgid. Plus the Ridgid offered the oscillating belt option. Mine
has worked great for me. Sure a Clayton would be better, but my Ridgid has
worked fine for my needs.
I've got the Delta BOSS and often wish it had a tilting
table. It has a nice size table, inserts for the different
size drums to give good support close the the drum and
a decent stroke length.
It would also be nice to have a horizontal belt
sander option but I've got the Delta 12" disck
sander with a tilting table that works ok.
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