|Review by riverguy||posted 10-17-2012 04:36 PM||4707 views||2 times favorited||28 comments|
- Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander
- Brand: Ridgid | Category: Sanders
I’m impressed with the Ridgid EB 4424 . For a lot of years I’ve been using my drill press with drum sanders to do what I bought this tool for. It’s hard to find drum sanders (that mount in a drill press) that are at least round, if not even concentric to their arbor shafts. For the last few years that more and more spindle sanders have been showing up in the tool catalogs, I’ve been reading the reviews. I was not impressed, although I was ready to try one just because a lot of my work involved standing at that drill press being irritated by the drum sanders I could find.
Along came the Ridgid EB 4424. My favorite (by far) contractor’s table saw is my Ridgid TS 3650, which is an amazing tool that brought Ridgid tools to my attention a few years ago. So when I saw the EB 4424 reviewed in one of my woodworker’s magazines, I went on to read the reviews on the machine and they were about 90% positive. So when our local Orange Apron store had the tool for sale at the Mainland price of $199, I went for it. Have I said that I’m impressed?
When I bought it, I felt, yeah, it was also a belt sander, but hey, I had a big stationary belt sander so why would I ever need this one? A gimmick, right?
Turns out it is very handy to have this small belt sander available with it’s tilt table and almost instant belt-changes (for different grits, in my case) available while leaving my stationary sander intact and not having to constantly change settings. The tilting table works equally well with the spindle or belt sander, too.
OK, back to the spindle sander. It takes about one minute to change the machine from belt to spindle mode, and a few seconds to change drum sizes. Before, I would have to set up my drill press with a special table clamp-on jig and then suffer through the wobbly, imprecise sanding drums available for this purpose. Those days are over! What a pleasure to have this precision machine for sanding curves at exactly 90 degrees to the work surface, or any angle I would want by adjusting the nice, flat, generous-size table.
Oh, one more thing, this tool has a 2-1/2” dust-collection port that fits any standard shop vac, and connects into any shop dust-collection system with a standard adapter. It easily picks up like 90% of the dust. There is no dust in the air, and only a small amount accumulates on the worktable.
I’ve had this tool for some three years now and it has seen many hours of continuous use. It runs as it did the day I bought it, so there seem to be no reliability issues.
Bottom line: Ridgid has come up with another winner. If you have a use for this substantial and flexible machine, go for it!
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com