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Forum topic by SnowyRiver posted 12-23-2009 06:15 PM 28437 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2009 06:15 PM

I started to look around for a good oscillating spindle sander. What started this is that I was looking on Craigs List the other day and a guy there was selling a bench top Powermatic in excellent condition as he put it for only $75. It looked great in the picture. Unfortunately, someone called him and took it minutes before I called.

It started me thinking though that I should really have one. I have been using my drill press with a drum up to this point.

What is everyone’s opinion on who makes a good oscillating spindle sander? Also, I wasnt sure if a bench top one would be satisfactory, or if it would be too light weight to sit stable while sanding larger pieces?

I’ve seen some stationary machines by Oliver and other manufactures on Ebay…wasnt sure who makes a good one, or if I even need a stationary one.



-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 06:20 PM

The Ridgid is consistently well reviewed and a great choice for small shops. If I had more room I might have researched a dedicated floor space machine, but the ridigid is quite nice. Just bolt it to something heavy if weight is a worry. It is a little sanding spindle doing most of the heavy lifting on any of the machines.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 12-23-2009 06:29 PM

I have the Jet JBOS-5, the first Jet machine I ever purchased, I was/am very impressed with it fit and finish wise and performance wise. A very solid machine and meets all my needs in the oscillating spindle sander department.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 06:50 PM

Despite the source (Home Depot), the Rigid spindle/belt sander is great bang for your buck.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 06:58 PM

I have a delta bench top I like it a lot and it dose not moye. very happy with iot i wish it han a longer spindel I see grizzly makes one with a longer spindle I am wery happy with all my grizzly tools I have 15 all to geather good lluck .


-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#5 posted 12-23-2009 07:17 PM

I really like my Rigid spindle-belt sander. And with the lifetime warranty how can you go wrong?

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-23-2009 07:23 PM

Hey Wayne
I have a Grizzly model it has worked great for years and it’s a floor model. If you want to spend less the Ridgid is a one of a kind in that you can exchange the spindle for a belt sanding attachment that’s included. I have a number of students that love theirs.

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#7 posted 12-23-2009 07:49 PM

Greetings Wayne: I have the B.O.S.S. by Delta. It’s a benchtop, also, with a big round platen that is solid. It’s heavy enough that it doesn’t move. It works with 3/4——3” spindles that occilates about 1” up and down. It comes with all the sleeves and rubber spindles. I have it hooked up to my d.c., and it works really good. One drawback: I wish it occilated a little higher, but I rarely sand anything thicker than 1”... if I do, I just turn the piece over.
I had it about 10 years with not a problem. I may invest in a floor model sometimes, but this one is a dandy…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#8 posted 12-23-2009 08:00 PM

Ditto on the Rigid Wayne, We used them in apprentice school and those kids put them through the ringer. I purchased mine about three years ago and have no problems at all.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 08:10 PM

Hi Wayne,
I have a portable spindle sander by Ryobi. I paid $100 for it a few years ago. It works great, I’m really happy with it. The table top is not real large but I have not had to use supports for anything that I have sanded so far.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 12-23-2009 08:14 PM

I also own a Rigid and love it.

-- Hope Never fails

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 08:14 PM

Wayne, sorry you missed out on the Powermatic. I had that one years ago, and it was great. They don’t offer it anymore. It would have been a heck of a deal though. I now have the Jet bench top and the Jet floor model. They are not cheap, but have proven to be well worth it.

You definetly can save money with some of the others, and they might suit your needs. As always, the answer depends on how hard and how much you plan on using it.


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#12 posted 12-23-2009 08:16 PM

I bought my Rigid thru HDs refurb program for $139 delivered to the store. They may have more.

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 08:35 PM

I just bought a Rigid Oscillating Spindle/Belt Sander and it can’t be beat for the price ($200). You get a oscillating 4 X 24 belt attachment plus the spindles. Thanks for asking.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-23-2009 08:47 PM

I think the Rigid’s have it. I too bought one of these this year and still wondering why I didn’t purchase one sooner. For the price it can’t be beat, it sure has made all my projects much easier to complete.

-- James

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#15 posted 12-23-2009 09:07 PM

I have the delta BOSS. And it works great, nice and stable, no complaints. I didn’t get all the drums, but I did get it for free. At work, they couldn’t figure out the top bolt is left hand threaded. Told me to throw it away, so I did. Right into my trunk! The thing was 3 days old and runs great.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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