Ridgid spindle/belt sander...fair price for used?

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03-15-2016 02:23 AM

On my local CL there is a Rigid sander; they retail for $200 at HD. The seller says lightly used for a project and is asking $140 for it.

Good deal? It sounds like it if it’s as lightly used and I’ve been looking at getting a spindle sander..this price is the same as a HF one minus the belt part.

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 03:25 AM

$120 is half the cost of a new one plus 10%,that’s my rule of thumb for buying a good but used tool.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 03:34 AM

I won’t pay more than 50% of new retail, unless in amazing condition.
Most of my CL purchases have been for 25% of new retail….
There is no warranty & prior “use & abuse” can not be judged.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 11:41 AM

I was in the market for the same unit. I had just missed one on CL in my area for $50. I ended up buying new for retail minus 10%. Then a new unit popped up on CL for $145 at a tool consignment store. Fifty was giving it away. $110 plus/minus $10 seems fair.

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 12:20 PM

I don’t think that price is out of line, I saw one at the local Habitat restore marked $150 (I passed; this one had been rode hard and put out wet) but you don’t see these show up (at least I don’t) all that often.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 12:28 PM

My first one I rode hard for over ten years, and sold it for $80 with it being almost 12 years old.
I will say at about the ten year mark I took it apart and replaced the grease that is inside the raise/lower gear unit.

My second one is in its second year and is like new, and I plan on keeping it for a long, long time.
Great tool, holds its value, and I don’t think that price is out of line if it is as clean as he says.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 01:26 PM

If it’s not already gone, I’d go look at it and see how it runs. If I looks and operates and REALLY IS in “lightly used” condition, offer him just a bit less and see if he bites.

Here’s a tip, have the cash in your hand and show him you are ready to jump right now. What I do is have a lesser amount in my hand and count it out, at the same time asking “Would you take $110?”

If he squawks take the balance from your other pocket …

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 03:18 PM

Depends upon how badly you need it. If you plan on running to Home Depot to buy one after skipping the Craigslist buy, then just get the used one. If you’re only looking for opportunistic bargains, wait for another sale to come around.

I don’t put much value in warranties since it’s usually faster for me to fix my own tools than go through the hassle of customer service. Festool is an exception because they’ve got their return system honed to perfection.

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 03:39 PM

This is more of a “I’ve wanted one” and “I could’ve used one for X project” for a while. The HD by my house never has sales on stuff I’m actually looking for. I’ve gone in to buy bolts…and they’re out of the size that I needed. I almost bought a HF spindle sander…had a coupon to get one for $100 but it looks like they changed suppliers and the newer model is MUCH lower quality than the old one so I’m trolling CL looking for a used one at a bargain.

Not a lot of good deals on the SF Bay Area CL.

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#9 posted 03-15-2016 03:53 PM

Seems a reasonable price if it works well and looks good. I’ve never seen one pop up locally. One thing to do is make sure you take a combination square and check the table and spindle. My first one from HD had a slightly curved table, but I was able to do a return/swap and get one that’s perfect. You won’t have that option.

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#10 posted 03-15-2016 04:11 PM

If you’re looking for a spindle sander, I’d skip it. I have one and the oscillating belt sander is great but the spindle sander is frustrating to say the least. If you use anything but the lightest pressure, the sanding sleeve will spin on the spindle. No matter how tight I make it, it just is not worthwhile for that purpose.

I still have mine but only use the edge sander portion because it really is a great unit for that. I then ended up buying a dedicated upright spindle sander. I’ve read reviews, and if you’re still looking for the same size spindle sander, that the Harbor Freight model works very well.

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#11 posted 03-15-2016 04:26 PM

I have one and recommend it, but this is one tool I would buy new.
I’m on my third unit due to mechanical issues, but each time the unit was replaced by the store.
It is the only OSS with a belt at that price point, and the oscillating belt is a fantastic feature. It is so much easier to fair a curve with the belt, compared to a little spindle.

Sure an industrial quality unit would be nice, but let me assure you it wouldn’t be $200.

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#12 posted 03-15-2016 06:22 PM

I have one, that I bought less than a year ago, and have literally used it for a few projects. All but one of the sanding sleeves is still new. I am putting it on CL soon and plan to start at $160. I think that price is high, but the machine it practically new, albeit no warranty. If it is a like-new machine at $140, I would get it.

Despite all the rave reviews online, I don’t like the sander. Belt is far to small to be useful, and the spindle sander is worthless. I am going to get a 12” disc and a good spindle sander instead… Considering the Grizzly G0529 combo.

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