How good is Harbour Freights Oscillating Sander?

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Forum topic by okcut posted 03-21-2010 11:09 PM 2237 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2010 11:09 PM

I am in the market for an oscillating sander. Does anyone know how HF’s compares to others? I am just a hobby woodworker, nothing to heavy duty. If you can help I would appreciate it.

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 11:16 PM

I’ve looked at it in the store and wasn’t all that impressed. I have a Ridgid oscillating belt/spindle sander in my own shop that I’m totally satisfied with. I’ve had it for about 7 or 8 years. It’s awesome.

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 11:48 PM

+1 for the Ridgid.

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 11:53 PM

Ridgid is a great unit. I have had mine for 8 years as well with no problems and great great results on a wide range of projects and wood types.

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 02:54 AM

+4 for the Ridgd. A great tool!!

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 03:10 AM

The HF certainly can’t hold a candle to the Rigid, but considering the price (last sale I saw plus the 20% off coupon it woulda been around $80, as compared to around $200 for the Rigid) from what I’ve heard it sounded fairly decent for occasional use/hobbyist type stuff. A few people that had one commented in a thread where we were talking about oscillating drill presses as sanders that it did the job.

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 03:45 AM

I have the the HF OSS. The Rigid sounds good but I really like mine. I got it for $99 and it was money well spent. I’ve sanded 3” hard maple with it and it did as good or better a job than much more expensive floor units I’ve used. The case is plastic but the table is cast. It’s good for more than just “hobbyist” stuff. I use mine making all my tamplates and for sanding parts on projects. I am very wary of Harbor Freight power tools but some are just really good deals and this is one of those.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 04:01 AM

i don’t have one yet but i’m looking at the ridgid or the delta boss leaning twards the ridgid cuz of price.

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#8 posted 03-24-2010 04:42 AM

I have one that is the same as the Harbor Freight model (mine has the PerformaX brand) ... it is okay, but if I had it do over again, I would go for the Ridgid.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 07-09-2012 05:54 PM

My HF spindle sander works fine and was a very good price. I do want to buy a 1/4” spindle for it. Anyone know were I might find this item?

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#10 posted 07-09-2012 06:08 PM

Ridgid here. No comparison.


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#11 posted 07-09-2012 06:13 PM

Go with Rigid.
Nothing compare.
I pay $100.00 for mine and I mainly use the belt.
I have it for around three years and I never yet used the spindle but I use the belt daily.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 07-09-2012 06:28 PM

I own both. My Rigid is now 11 years old and the belt unit is starting to hop and I can stall it out pretty easy. But it is eleven years old. It’s been a horse, no doubt.
I bought the HF because I got tired of changing the belt to the spindle all the time on the Rigid. I paid about $100 for the HF, thought it might be bad, but to be honest, the only complaint is the dust collection system is too strong, sometimes holding up the work as it travels over the little holes in the spindle insert plates. It runs fine, runs the same size spindles as the Rigid so if you have a HD or HF the sandpaper rolls are the same and for about $7.50 you can get a long warranty. I would buy one again.

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#13 posted 07-09-2012 06:54 PM

I just bought the HF model last week. With the coupon in Wood magazine, I got it for $89. I bought the warranty so I should be good to go.

So far, the hardest I have used it was to sand the contours on two pieces of 2×10 stuck together with double sided tape. No doubt, if you lean on it hard, you can bog it down.

As a hobbyist, I think this thing will work well for me…and the table isn’t plastic! :-)

Note: I didn’t need the combo like the Rigid offers because I already have a belt/disc sander.

Note 2: My local HF stores stock the replacement sanding sleeves.

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#14 posted 07-09-2012 09:51 PM

I have had the HF oss for 2 1/2 years, so a couple points. 1) It works beautifully. Won’t stall, smooth, quiet and pleanty of table. 2) The selection of spindle diameters is complete. That makes it easy to suit it to the task at hand. 3) It’s fairly light making it easy for an arthritic old fart to move from shelf to bench, yet it stays in place without any shifting about in use. 4) HF sells 150 and 200 grit for this unit at a low price making it even more useful (the much maligned HF sandpaper, in this case anyway, is high quality) 5) This is the BIG ONE in my book: I paid $80 + tax and you can get very close to that today, or you can go to Woodcraft and buy the EXACT FREAKING THING with an orange case with the Triton label for about $150. THE EXACT SAME THING!!! 5) The only thing I have to complain about is the vacuum port is an odd size (aren’t they all?), but a rubber multi-adapter and some duct tabe is an easy solution.

You can spend more, but why? I have no affiliation with HF. I am just a man who has to make every penny count. I can’t afford to waste money on junk. Neither can I waste money paying too much in response to slick marketing and over-selling. It works well and has for quite a while with no sign of a problem. If I had to buy another tomorrow, I’d still be $40 ahead of the Rigid.

Just my $0.015 worth.


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#15 posted 07-09-2012 09:55 PM

I have the Harbor Freight OSS and have had good luck with it. If the Ridgid was closer in price to the $80 I paid I would snatch it up in a heartbeat because the OSS is good for interior curves but the Oscilating Belt Sander is also good for external curves, double the machine.

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