What the best quality oscillating spindle sander for under $600? I
prefer one that can take a 3" diameter spindle, tilt table, and would
prefer a 4" dust port. If anyone can point me to recent (<6 years)
comparison articles I'd greatly appreciate it.
A big dust port is completely unnecessary for those machine. The tool's
apeture of suction, proximity of the dust to the apiture and the "dust
throw" require only modest cfm.
DAGS... we talked about this about a month ago. There was a FWW artical very
recently, but IIRC the price range covered was more like $150 - $350.
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I had asked that same question only a month ago and got some excellent
answers. You might try Googling this group for Spindle Sanders..
I ended up purchasing the Ridgid from Home Dept. Setup was very simple and
most of it without the manual, but did refer to it to double check my work.
Very intuitive. It is very quiet and easy to use, I was pleasantly
I started by attached the 2" drum sander and used that last night. It worked
well, but the supplied drum sandpaper was a little finer grit than I needed
to start. I was cleaning up some 2"+ white oak, and I could bog it down if I
tried, but overall very pleasing.
Just now, I attached the belt sander and tried that. I had not realized that
the belt sander would oscillate as well, another pleasant surprise. (I guess
I thought there would be some override when that attachment was used). With
the Belt sander, and the contours on each end, I was easily able to finish
the piece of oak I was working on, and the interchange was a snap. I think I
am in love.
I need to get a vacuum attachment made, but that is minor. I have my fingers
crossed that it will hold up under use, because it is going to be one of my
Thanks again, everyone
I know you are looking for reviews, but Grizzly has some pretty good
comparisons between the models they sell in their catalog. I'm not
sure they offer the size you are looking for but it might be worth a
trip to their website.
Fine Woodworking issue 188 has a side by side comparison. I think you need
to have a membership to view it online if you don't have the issue.
Woodcraft's website also details the two Jet OSS's. The benchtop one is in
your price range and does everything you're looking for.
I have the Jet bench top and also have the 3" spindle accessory. The set
up cost me between 4 and 5 hundred dollars 2 years ago. So far so good.
The 3" spindle is really handy and is the one I use 90% of the time and is
very much worth having. IIRC mine came with the Jet life time guarantee.
That said, although it is considered a bench top, you will want to have a
much shorter stand for it to set on. IIRC mine sets on a 18-20" tall stand.
Nope, you'll have to look for the sleeve sizes appropriate to the various
models to get that information. Seems dumb, but print is expensive?
I've got the JET benchtop. Works beautifully, and the price is still good,
though it's gone up a lot since I got mine. Only wish is that it would
oscillate a tad faster, but the length of stroke is good, so I guess I'll
I have the Rigid model, and like it. Notice I didn't say love it. It
is not a industrial tool. Hey, HD sells it!
It does the job for me, but I would like a much longer belt, and more
power. You can stall it fairly easily. I would not expect to be able
to stall an industrial sander.
For the money, it's a good deal for the home shop. A dust collector is
needed for shore. I use my shop vac and it works fine.
Buy one and try it out. Return it if you don't like it.
Mine only stalls if I let the belt slip down far enough that it's riding
on the frame. I have no doubt that I _could_ stall it if I set out to
do it but with the belt it would take more pressure than I've ever felt
any need to use.
I'm too cheap to spend that much money on something I won't use very
often. I took some plywood, built a platform that will fit on the
drill press table, and cut a hole in the center of it. It's not as
good, but it works well enough for my purposes. With a second person
around it will even oscillate. :-) (I could surely rig up a way to
make it oscillate when I'm the only one there, but I've not had a
sufficiently round tuit.)
I just put an old washing machine motor on it's end under a bench,
turned a number of various sized cylinders and fix them to the shaft as
needed. Has done a good job for over ten years. Not say that I would not
like an ocilating spindle sander ;)
The other benefit is that mine used standard paper, no need to buy sleeves.
A couple of issues back Fine Woodworking magazine rated these
machines. They did something I do not believe they have ever done
before. They rated Rigid both "Editor's Choice" and "Best Value."
Normally the best product receives their "Ed. Choice" rating and then
it goes to the best value for the money. I never have seem one
machine receive both.
This was enough for me. I went out and bought one. I'm glad I did.
Consider horse power.
The Grizzly G0529 Spindle Sander 1 HP and only $475 Plus it has a disk
sander too and up to 2" spindle.
The Grizzly G1071 Spindle Sander is 1 HP and $625 (I have this unit
and it is 100% industrial grade) comes with up to 4" spindle
The Jets are only 1/2 hp. This makes a big difference in a sander. You
want a moter when you need it and it also will last a lot longer.
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