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Review by Blackie_ posted 04-10-2013 05:49 PM 1956 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had this unit going on 8 months now and have had nothing but issues from day one with this unit, for starters the table is not true 90% to the drum, I’ve had to fight the nut turning on the threads from day one and today the drum stem threads finally stripped out, it’s been nothing but frustration and definitely not worth the $250.00 purchase, you’d be better off on buying the HF brand at a lower coast or buying a well known name brand like Delta, Grizzly and or Jet. I’m heading to woodcraft today to pickup the Jet which also have a 6” drum apposed to the 4” drum but it’s double the coast.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs




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#1 posted 04-10-2013 06:13 PM

Is it still under warranty?

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 06:14 PM

That kind of thing really ticks me off.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 06:19 PM

WOW! I have been thinking about buying one of these for some time now but kept putting it off. I use my drill press with a drum set I have and for the little I do that work ok so far.
I’m glad you posted this revenue Randy. It’s a sham you had to spend more money on a 2nd one. Maybe you could buy a part that would make it work somewhat and then Craigslist it.
Thanks for this review.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 06:40 PM

Randy,

Good luck. It’s a crap shoot.

I looked at Home Depot’s rigid version. Looked pretty rugged, but I am not sure of drum size.

Hey I think Grizzly has a floor model, and now have 6 months financing?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 08:06 PM

I’m just over buying junk, especially if it’s something you use quite often, Rockwell 20 years ago were rock solid but not anymore. Thomas the Rigid would be a good one but for my purposes, I need the round spindle not the belt as the rigid has.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 08:12 PM

you should have returned it a long time ago. If issues started since day one, what made you keep the unit?
FYI the Ridgid 4424 is a belt and spindle sander.

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 08:25 PM

The $200 Rigid has belt AND spindle, several sizes of spindles too! And really good reviews both here and at the HD site.

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 08:43 PM

Lep that’s a good question, but I think I have an answer, the equipment I need and use I can’t afford any down time hence the reason I purchased from local and hopefully top quality in the Jet.

I see now what you are talking about on the Ridgid, I didn’t realize but is it still only a 4”? I needed the 6” that’s the reason I bought the Jet and already have a 4” belt sander but having a small shop this Ridgid would be idea, I’ll have to put more thought into this.

Ok just got off the phone with Local HD and they have one in stock so I’ll be taking the Jet back tomorrow and picking up the Ridged, come to find out even thought the Jet is a 6” drum after turning it on, it only comes up to 4” off the top of the table so I’m not getting the true full 6” only 4” that there made my mind up for me.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 08:58 PM

I have a general oscillating spindle sander and it been good for years. No issues with it.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 04-10-2013 09:06 PM

The Ridgid is one of the few models with spindles, belt, and tilting table.
Having used the tilting table and belt feature to chamfer hundreds of tenons, I sure wouldn’t want to give that up. I find I use the belt 95% of the time. The left side is like a 3” spindle, so not much need to switch.
Also the belt fairs gentle curves better, with less tendency to dig in.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 04-10-2013 09:23 PM

I guess you don’t want to hear that I bought the HF model for $89. with coupon from Wood magazine. I have had it about 8 months with mo problems encountered.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 04-10-2013 09:43 PM

Stringer

I think this Rockwell is a knock off from the HF and I can see paying that for a HF and that’s good, but for my needs I need something dependable, I’ve been up the HF path and still shop there but only for certain items. I just will-called the Ridgid and will pick it up tomorrow after returning the Jet.

Willie, I could use the belt but I need the round drums as I do a lot of cavity sanding and need sometimes the smallest down to 1/4” at times, I’m hoping that this will also replace my 4” belt sander thus freeing up even more space in my shop.

Thanks everyone for pointing out the Ridgid features to me.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#13 posted 04-10-2013 11:40 PM

Ridgid is very versatile. 1/2” to 2” spindles and like Pinto pointed out the large end of the belt is about 3”. The only thing to remember is to stay off the small roller on the belt and you will be fine.
I see that there are a couple of Direct Tool outlets in Texas at the Tanger malls. Give them a call and you may get a good price on one. They have sales often and I saw where someone bought one a while back for 125.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#14 posted 04-11-2013 02:54 AM

Wow,

Let us know what you think?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 04-11-2013 06:41 AM

I have had the Harbor Freight version of this and it actually looks identical to your Rockwell. Honestly I have not had one issue with mine. It works the first time, every time. My table is 90 degree perfect to the spindle. I’ve owned this a little over 2 years and I use it almost daily. I lost a lot of faith in Rockwell when I bought their bladerunner. Sorry to read about your aggravation but understand it completely!

-- EdwardNorton

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