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Review by Huckleberry posted 2380 days ago 5853 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To me having an oscillating spindle sander is kind of a luxury. So when Menard’s had this puppy on sale I decided to buy one and check it out. The ones that I use at school are nice but lack some of the features that this one has. First off cast iron top. Really nice and really heavy. The Wilton’s at school have a laminate top I think that is a pretty big difference. This one weighs in @ 34.5 pounds. Nice storage on board and when I hooked up my shop vac to the 3” port on the back I was greatly surprised and the dust collection on this unit not bad for $92 and change. All & all I give 10 fingers up for the price, and the machine that you get I don’t think that it can be beat.

Tech data
Motor: 102v, 7/16 HP
Speed: 2000 RPM (no load)
Max Sanding height: 3 1/2”

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#1 posted 2380 days ago

I’ll have to look into one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2380 days ago

Sounds like a great unit, and great price.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 2380 days ago

Nice addition to your shop.

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#4 posted 2379 days ago

I have one on my wish list, sure looks like a great asset to your shop.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 2293 days ago

A word of warning.

I was careless and broke mine. Evidently I didnt tighten the locking nut up enough. As I was sanding the inside edge of a frame for a floor-standing mirror, the sandpaper shifted down @ 1/2”. I could hear it scraping the top plate (or whatever you call it that the sandpaper and cyclinder sit on), but as I was into my project, I didnt stop to adjust this. I guess I should have, because after time the spindle started to spin “out of perpendicular” (like a top that is about to fall over) so I shut it off ASAP. When I unscrewed the nut and removed the sandpaper and rubber cylinder, and the spindle pushed up @1”! Oh OH! Turns out the “plate” everything sits on is plastic! and the bottom edge of the sandpaper (the largest diameter one) had sanded through this plastic part! This plate seems to have been actually 2 plates of plastic with some plastic ribs in between, screwed onto a 3rd metal plate that sits on a spring around the spindle. Anyhow, mine is now in 2 pieces! The incident also to have damage the circumferance on the plastic that surrounds this plate assembly.

So now my project is on hold until I either order replacement parts of exchange at menards (is only a month old). Will probabl;y try to exchange because of the additional damage to the outside perimiter that surrounds the plate assembly.

A word of warning so YOU don’t make this mistake!

-- My ability to make the simplest mistakes never ceases to amaze me!

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#6 posted 2292 days ago

A Double Warning!!!!!!

I exchanged my first sander for another. Got re-started sanding today… and within 30 seconds the sandpaper was slidng down the cylinder towards that plastic bottom. Turned it off, removed the cylinder & paper to see if there was any damage (didnt see any) put everything back together and tightened the top nut as much as possible to get the cylinder to expand more and prevent the sliding of the sandpaper. This process went on 3-4 times (but I didnt look for damage – was too focused on trying to get things tight enough). The 3rd time (or was it 4th!!!) I noticed the sandpaper had ALREADY cut through that STUPID plastic base!!! AGAIN! I spent more time unpacking and setting up (less than 10 min) than actual sanding!! My workshop is under the garage and isnt insulated and the temp is @50 degrees so that may have played a role in my not being able to get the cylinder to expand enough to snug up the paper but…. it is a lousy flaw. The machine works great but over the years EVERYONE is going to have some slippage occur at some time and it only takes seconds for the sandpaper to carve thru and wreck the machine. IF you are going to buy one of these – buy a metal washer that fits around the spindle and is big enough in diameter to protect that vulnerable plastic bottom!!!!!!!!

I’m still debating whether to go that route with a 3RD one or just get a refund and buy a better machine.

-- My ability to make the simplest mistakes never ceases to amaze me!

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#7 posted 1323 days ago

I just had the same thing happen to me, unfortunately reading this after the fact.

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