Which Heavy Duty Spindle Sander to Purchase?

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Forum topic by Royalwoodworker posted 03-31-2010 10:59 PM 3771 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2010 10:59 PM

I need to purchase a heavy duty spindle sander that will put up with the abuses of a H.S. woodworking shop. Currently, our Clayton has taken a dump and I believe the company went under. You cannot contact them for parts or service whatsoever…. and to tell you the truth, I was never really in love with there machine, model 125.

Looking at the following:

Grizzley G 1071 $695
Jet JOVS10 $1069
Steel City $1039
General International $1235

All are the same exact machine, plus or minus a few feature. I know the Grizzley has won a Best Buy award but the cheap plastic on/off switchs w removable key worries me…kids take that stuff or crack it. The best one I like out of the group is the Steel City and General because of the better switches/storage areas.

ALSO, does anyone have the newer OLIVER or MAXX sanders. I know the oliver is now an import and the MAXX sander goes for like 2-3k dollars, is it worth it?

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 07:42 AM

I need to decide on this ASAP!

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 04:38 PM

How about an Oliver? They are pretty heavy duty.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 04:47 PM

Really, if you’re buying this for a school, it’s doubtful you’ll get the money for anything but the least expensive. However, the Grizzly gets good reviews (look for LJ “KHOP” for one). The switch can be upgraded for a lot less than the difference in price. Personally, I’m trying very hard to justify the room in my shop for one of these.

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 05:14 PM

I have a Jet I’ve had for more than 10 years. It has been very good. The Steel City is almost identical.
I would think the Grizzly would be good value, but I have not used one.

Bottom line—I think any one of them would serve you well.


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#5 posted 04-01-2010 05:31 PM

i’ve had the grizzly for 10 years ,

from 1/4” to 4” spindles ,
table tilts to 45 deg in both directions ,
and you can flip the sanding sleeves over ,
for new surface .

an excellent tool ,
and replacement and maintenance from grizzly is great .

i love mine !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 11:05 PM

I have the Steel City and it is great. 5 year warranty is what sold me. The only issue I had, was the oil level site glass was not seated properly and the oil was leaking inside the cabinet. I emailed SC, and did not get a response until a week later, but they did indicate they had just made a major move and were having computer problems with their email server. I posted on SMC about it and ended up getting a personnal phone call from Jim Box (former head of Tech support for SC) the next morning (Saturday) and he told me they had a repair kit and he mailed me one. Once that was taken care of, it has had no issues. From the various diagrams, it looks like the same site glass the most of the other ones are using.


-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 12:50 AM

After doing more research, it seems most of these units come completly coverd in oil from shipping? Any experiances? I did like the Grizzley for price and was going to swap out the switches. I was thinking about getting the bench top CLAYTON model but was very unhappy with out floor model…the 125. Dust collection was terrible, the motor was always loaded with sawdust and wouldnt start and the unit came to me about 2 degrees off square. Everyone else seem to love them though. I do like the Baldor motor though.

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