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Blog entry by Roger posted 10-24-2010 01:24 AM 10614 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought myself a new spindle sander today. Been lookin at these for a while. Got a Central Machinery from Harbor Freight. Comes with 6 different sized sanding spindles. Very nice machine. 15”x16” or somethin like that, with a cast iron top. yup, cast iron. Weighs bout 33lbs. Pretty stout. Caught it on sale for $129.99 (origial price is 150) – a 20% coupon = 103.00. I used it on some wavey door fronts on a few JB’s I’m workin on, and it works freekin grrrrrrreat. So far, so good. Just felt like sharin my happiness. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 01:37 AM

I’ve had the Central Machinery spindle sander for about a year now and I love it! I’ve used a Delta BOSS at work, and have access to a Rigid and both a Grizzly and a Jet floor unit. You cannot find a better spindle sander for the money as the Central. Action is smooth, wood removal with 80 grit is fast, spindles are square to the base, motor has plenty of power, table is solid, dust collection is great with just a shop vac. You will continue to be pleased with your find. It is one the true HF gems to be found.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 01:40 AM

Happy for you !!
I too have this spindle sander….LOVE IT !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 01:41 AM

Thanks Roger. No Harbor Freight here, but you never know, one might appear. My buddy dbhost gets tools from them selectively, and customizes them. Whatever it takes. I have mostly small stationary power tools, but some do need upgrading. I probably need a new band saw, but I would keep my little toy one, a Delta that is just great for small objects. I have a cheap Delta belt/disk combo. I would like a first class disk sander. Right now I don’t need a spindle sander….....the Rigid combo has a good rep though.

Finished up a wierd dust collector gizmo, I’ll blog on it tomorrow, and a unique project table top. The DC gizmo has been in use, and the project table top has been used heavily to build the gizmo! Hopefully blog on both for the Sunday crowd…......gotta have a good audience…....(-:

Have enjoyed your project posts, pretty neat stuff…......

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 01:41 AM

Yes, definately Robert. HF has some good stuff, and some bad stuff. They have been getting more good stuff it seems. Maybe quality has improved some. The dust collection works great. Along with duct tape….. hahaha …one o them weird sized outlets

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 04:06 AM

Does the table tilt? Harbor fright near me just remodeled and rearranged their layout, looks great now as it was the pits before. They did not have a spindle sander when we went there last week. The wife is looking for one.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 04:17 AM

For the little bit difference in price I thing I would go with Ridgid . But enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 04:48 AM

Yeah, it’s a weird size but I had a plastic bushing that matched up perfectly. Forgot I even added it. bearpie- No. The top doesn’t tilt. Only negative I’ve found with it. Jim- I picked it up for $99 last year. Couldn’t justify anything else for that price.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 06:16 AM

I just checked Harborfreight and they sell one for $129 and it looks suspiciously the same as Lowes’ Triton model for $169.

Amazon has a Rockwell for $129 which also looks suspiciously the same as the other two.

All foreign made?

The Ridgid edge belt sander costs about $200

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 01:52 PM

Sorry to say, but yes, :( it is made in China I did just send an inquiry to Rigid to see if their sander is built in the U.S. Maybe I’ll be returning the HF model

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 10-25-2010 02:02 PM

After making the trip over to see Rsmith71 one Saturday morning, and seeing this little jewel in action…. Well, I just had to have one for myself. Of course they where on back order when I decided to get mine. As they say “Patience is Virtue”, and I finally lucked up and found one… On sale as well!

I got to admit…. This is the first powered tool I have ever bought (or even considered buying) from HF…. I got to say I am tickled to death with it. Honestly don’t have a single bad thing to say about it.

IMO… You did good Roger.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 10-26-2010 01:35 AM

RonPeters: I just got a reply from Rigid. I sent them a question to see if their spindle/belt sander was simply this….I this spindle/belt sander made in the U.S.? ....drum roll…............. NO, it is made in China also.
Sorry, hope this doesn’t burst anyone else’s bubble.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-26-2010 02:59 AM

I have several ridgid tools and they are all made in China. No issues with any of them. I do have a few HF tools and have no issues with any of them. I also have PC,Delta,Starrett,DeWalt,Stanley and for the most part I like them all(except DeWalt batteries)
I think you did good.

-- Life is good.

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