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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 05-15-2015 11:48 PM 2317 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a Harbor Freight 14” oscillating spindle sander. I had my eye on it for a while and just went for it one day. There’s a huge debate in the online woodworking world whether or not it is a good idea to purchase tools from the store. Well, I’m taking my chances with this one. I’ll show you what’s in the box and see how it works right out of the box in this video.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVX0Q8oAps

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 12:13 AM

Chris, I have the older model HF spindle sander and it has been a good one. I’m interested to see how this one works for you as most of the reviews were negative. Their return policy is good so if it doesn’t work out, return it.
Get one of those big rubber ‘erasers’ and keep your sanding sleeves clean. They will last a LONG time.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 12:35 AM

Good to hear yours has worked well! I’ve seen people use those sandpaper cleaners, but I’ve never read or heard what they are called or where you get them. Is this something you can buy from Home Depot or Lowe’s?

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#3 posted 05-16-2015 12:44 AM

I think you can get em at Harbor Freight. I order mine from Grizzly and haven’t seen em at HD or Lowes. I use em on all my sandpapers (drum sander, OSS, ROS, belt sander, etc) and they do make a big difference. Don’t let your paper get really gummed up before using them.

Edit: I checked HF site and they have em for $7.99 (sanding belt cleaner). It looks like the big one that will last for years.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-16-2015 04:53 AM

I love Harbor Freight

I have found much more good then bad

good luck with your sander it should serve you well for the price you paid

as long as you do not compare it for a powermatic or festool you should be fine

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#5 posted 05-16-2015 05:13 AM

I buy all kinds of stuff there. I have that sander and find it excellent, especially for the price.
Bang for the buck-wise, I find their tools (for the most part) to be unbeatable and plenty good enough for the quality I am able to produce.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#6 posted 05-16-2015 01:27 PM

I have the older model that is sort of egg shaped top, and it works fine. I like the thumb nut on this one. Looks like they’ve upgraded a few things, kinda-sorta. There are “diamonds in the ruff” at HF. I agree w/u on the coupon ordeal. They’re every where to be found. Thnx for your review

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 05-17-2015 06:59 PM

a few years ago I turned their older model down because it came with a set of rubber shafts that did not fit the sanding drums they also sold for it. I got a B.O.S.S. instead. I hope they solved the drum size discrepancy, your sander looks NOTHING like the one they had back when I was shopping. I have bought several things from H.F. that turned out to be excellent. and a couple of things that turned out to be trash. the pneumatic nailers and hand grinders and the HVLP spraygun, I am liking. the chisels and nail sets…..were soft, so not so much. I worry that by buying these obvious imports that I am contributing to our unemployment problem here at home (in the USA), but since even the more expensive models are imports also it seems a moot point.
be well
K

-- Kai SaerPren

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#8 posted 05-17-2015 07:06 PM

the Sandpaper cleaners… Are available at Home Despot, sLowes and at Harbor Freight.

-- Kai SaerPren

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#9 posted 05-21-2015 11:31 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone! I will definitely get some of the sandpaper cleaners.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 05-22-2015 12:08 AM

And make some “risers” with holes slightly bigger than your spindles so you can stack them up to utilize the full length of your spindles. Otherwise, you will be using only the bottom end of your spindle sleeves. Hope this makes sense.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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