|Review by CyberDyneSystems||posted 11-14-2013 05:42 PM||4120 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I picked up my Jet JBOS-5 Oscillating spindle Sander used for a good price in very good condition. Other than some signs of use, it works likes new, so I believe I have a good example.
Acoustics: The first thing I noticed was how quiet this machine is. OSS (good ones anyway) are some of the quietest sanding machines you can use already. (think about it, most sanders are very noisy!) This tool surprised me as it is even quieter than a very large floor standing unit I have.
Power: The next surprise was that despite the smaller size and lower HP rating, this is about all the OSS most could ever need. My floor standing unit is a solid cast iron 1 HP Porter Cable S1 made in the 1940s during WWII. For size comparison consider the fact that the PC weighs in at over 350 pounds, and has a giant 7/8” by 9” tall steel spindle onto which the smallest rubber sleeve one can mount is 1” diameter. Obviously with a huge 3” diameter sleeve, the Porter Cable is a very powerful machine indeed. It was therefore quite impressive to me that in use, with the 2” Jet spindle installed, the JBOS-5 was impressively competent and in fact almost competitive with the much larger Porter Cable.
Dust Collection: The factory dust port on the JBOS-5 is very effective. Attached to my small shop vac, it was doing a sterling job of keeping the air breathable while I sanded a rosewood replacement tote for a plane. I had no clean up to do after the job was done. Very effective! I have seen on line a Mod that someone did that reportedly makes the dust collection even more effective, but I’m hard pressed to see a need as yet since it was working so well in the stock form.
Flexibility: The table tilts to 45 degrees, there are numerous size spindles ranging from tiny 1/4” diameter up to an optional and pricey 3” spindle (costs about $80.00 additional) With these spindle options, this bench top unit is now a far more flexible tool than my venerable Porter Cable.
Convenience: There are tool holders built in for the spindles and table inserts, keeping all your parts easily accesible and organized. Power and dust collection port are easily accessible.
Value: Hovering around $500.00 street price for the model with all but the huge 3” spindle, this is a great value OSS, competing well with floor models that cost two to three times as much. There are much more affordable machines on the market now, including a fairly ubiquitous model sold under a half dozen brad names for around $200.00, but I am confident that for many this much more robust system will be appreciated.
Recommended! Yes, this powerful, affordable flexible OSS is an asset to my shop. I fear it will see much more use than the beefy Porter Cable at this point. I was a bit surprised to see that when I went to post a review of the JBO-5 that there are as of yet no reviews on Lumberjocks. My research showed this to be a very popular mid range OSS, top in it’s class. Use has shown this to be true.
Photos: I will endeavor to upload some more useful images later. :-)
-- Without the wood, it's just working