|Review by kshipp||posted 01-12-2009 12:34 AM||5201 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
- Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander
- Brand: Ridgid | Category: Sanders
I have had this sander for almost a year now and have used it on a few projects. I was just working on a rocking horse project (link coming soon) and was reminded how much I like this tool.
I originally got it for the oscillating spindle and just figured the oscillating belt was a bonus feature. The belt is probably the feature I use the most and it has come in handy numerous times. The table came almost perfectly flat but there are also adjustment screws on the table so you can make it perfectly flat. The table is also adjustable up to 45 degrees with detents at the common angles. This is very nice for cleaning up miter joints or just sanding angled pieces without changing the angle of the piece.
It’s very easy to change back and forth between the spindle and belt or change spindle sizes. Except it’s a left handed thread which I constantly forget even though there are nice icons on the nut explaining that.
The dust collection also works quite good with a shop vac connected to it. There is an impeller below the spindle and other vents to suck down the saw dust.
The only problem I have had with it is finding the correct size belts and drums. I found both of them at Harbor Freight actually and the the drums were decent quality. The belt was really poor quality though. The seam was raised so it would ‘thump’ the wood every time it went around. I returned it and am looking for another source for the belts since HD doesn’t seem to carry them.
I paid $200 for this at HD and couldn’t be happier.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com