I finally need an oscillating spindle sander. I am thinking this afternoon
of going to HD and buying the Ridgid for $200. The belt sander part is
appealing because I have a 4x24 already and will have the belts. Any body
have comments on this model?
I owned the Powermatic/Jet one which worked well but there is a design flaw
in the gearing and the parts fail rapidly. It also costs twice as much.
I've had mine for about 3 or 4 years. While not as good as a big cast iron
top model that cost twice as much, it is a great tool for the home shop. I
don't know of a project where I've not used it for something.
A google search may be more helpful. There have been many discussions about
this particular model sander and almost all owners are happy or eventually
happy with it. I do not own one but am considering a spindle sander also.
From the last 3 or 4 years of posts about the Ridgid sander there seems to
be about a 40 percent chance that it will not have a table that is
perpendicular to the spindle. Seems getting one set up correctly is not a
certainty. But again, most all owners are happy and pleased with the unit
even if they have to exchange or tweak the unit.
Picked up two from HD on Wed, but it is a discontinued item, so slim
pickings. Ask at the service desk, and they can check stock at local
stores (although one local store here that showed 12 on the computer
had none actually there--nice inventory control!).
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
I have had the Rigid for a couple of years now and have had no problems with
it. It doesn't get used daily but is used with most every project. I always
think I need a larger sander but in the end, this one will do the job for
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