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New drum sander

New drum sander

04-07-2015 04:27 PM by Ladislav | 5 comments »

Hi everyone!! I finaly got bigger drum sander :))!! I used to had 16-32 performax but without sand smart, and it was ok but only after I removed the trip braker and bypass it. But still it was quite a work to get a full kitchen ( doors) thru it . And also annoying to have to do two passes on wider doors and not being able to keep sander set perfect to the table , but on the end it had to be lil higher wich meant i basicaly run everything twice , run once flip and in again . I was looking at 2...

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Convenient and Flexible

Convenient and Flexible

01-28-2008 05:17 PM by MsDebbieP | 40 comments »

(photo from: www.ridgid.com) When we first were looking for tools for our shop Rick wanted a drum sander. We asked at a store and were shown this Ridgid model which is multi-purposed. Rick was sold and we’ve never regretted the purchase. Features: belt sander (4”) spindle sander (5 sizes) tilting table Conversion Switching between the belt sander and spindle sander is really easy. It is also simple to change the sleeves for the spindle sander. Everything...

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One Smooth operator

One Smooth operator

11-21-2010 09:34 PM by pintodeluxe | 31 comments »

This has been quite an upgrade from my previous methods of sanding – hand belt sanding (never comes out at quite 90 degrees), or drum sanders on the drill press (I can never find sanding drums taller than 1-2 inches. The sander is marketed to homeowners, and small businesses and it really fills a niche. It won’t replace a random orbit sander, but it is a great compliment to any shop. I selected the Ridgid sander based on my positive experience with their tools in the past (drill p...

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My review of the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Spindle Sander

My review of the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Spindle Sander

07-22-2015 01:32 AM by coloradotrout | 46 comments »

Hi, after much deliberation, and reading and rereading the FWW review, I bought the EB4424, Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander. 8/4/15 Update:I returned #2. I then took a combo square off the display and applied it to the display unit sander. Much flatter table, and much more coplaner tables (tiltable table relative to fixed), and near perfect perpendicular table to spindle. All I can suggest is the older models were machined with much tighter tolerances. In my opinion the latest F...

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Festool - tools that make me smile

Festool - tools that make me smile

02-03-2008 03:19 AM by Jim | 2 comments »

I’m a firm believer in the “get what you pay for” adage. I bought the Festool sanders and dust extracter a couple of years ago when I was bidding a project to refinish some tabletops inside a restaurant. When I realized the veneer was too thin to refinish, I persuaded the owner to simply have new tops made. I’ve since used the Festool sanders for a variety of projects and really like the way they perform. I’m all for minimizing the dust I’m likely to suc...

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Performax 10-20 Plus Review

Performax 10-20 Plus Review

03-01-2008 08:12 PM by KevinD | 25 comments »

Specs (from the manual):Max Width – 20” (2 passes)Min. Length – 2 1/4” Max Thickness – 3” Min thickness – 1/32” Drum – 5” X 10” Extruded AluminumDrum Speed – 1700 RPMDust chute – 4” Conveyor Motor – 43 in-lb. Torque, Direct Drive DCConveyor Feed Rate – 0 – 12 FPM Infinately VariableMotor (TEFC) – 1HP, 1Ph, 115V onlyNet Weight – 96 lbs. My review:I purchased one of these a week ...

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Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

Harbor Freight 38536 Bandfile vs. Proxxon 38536 BSL115/E Bandfile

09-27-2012 10:02 PM by Tennessee | 8 comments »

At first glance, you all must be saying to yourselves, “What are you thinking, Paul – these are not even in the same category.” Well, I own both of them, and after having them both on the bench for jewelry box projects and some touch-up work on guitar bodies, I found out that they both have strengths, weaknesses, and overall, I think it deserved a head-to-head contest. Agreed, the HF is thirty bucks, and the cheapest I found the Proxxon was One hundred and forty,WHEW (I got...

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A real nice 5" ROS sander

A real nice 5" ROS sander

04-27-2008 10:55 PM by GaryK | 11 comments »

I was in Lowes the other day looking for substitutes items for which I usually buy Porter-Cable (PC). Now that PC is owned by Black & Decker I expect they will go downhill soon. The items I usually get are Routers and Random Orbit Sanders. I started looking at the Bosch for the ROS and noticed the ROS20VSK. It had a price of $70 so I picked it upto check it out and it has a price reduced tag on it for $45. Well, I couldn’t pass up 31.5% off. BADIt doesn’t seem quite as p...

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Good Sander

Good Sander

12-12-2010 09:26 PM by Manitario | 12 comments »

I bought this ROS mainly on the strengths of its dust collection. A number of reviews that I’ve read consistently rated its dust capture better than other ROS (except of course the mighty Festool). After a couple of hours of use, I’m pretty happy with it so far…Pros:great dust captureminimal vibrationcomfortable to useCons:slow material removal1” DC port (would it have killed them to make the port 1 1/4” so as to fit a standard shop vac attachment???)

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Bosch 5" Variable Speed Orbital Sander

Bosch 5" Variable Speed Orbital Sander

02-27-2014 05:02 AM by PaulLL | 15 comments »

I got a side job refinishing the slabs in the picture. They are stair treads going on a steel staircase that I built at my day job. 16 of them that our original finisher messed up with a crappy faux finish white wash, instead of the faux limed oak look that it was supposed to have. I was using my 5” King orbital to sand off the white but “unfortunately” is took a spill off my bench. So I checked my Popular Mechanic stack, remembering there was a sander ranking in one of ...

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