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Forum topic by John posted 01-24-2008 07:50 PM 1192 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2008 07:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reviews forum requests

Fellow L’Jocks:

I think the new review section is fantastic!

Perhaps we can use this forum topic to request reviews?

My first request is I want someone who has the Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander to give a thorough review. I have been eyeing that for months now and am curious as to how it stands up to use and abuse.

What do y’all think?

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 01-24-2008 08:23 PM

I’ve thought about writing a review on this, but haven’t had time. I love mine. It has plenty of power, the belt feature is great, and the dust collection system actually collects a good amount of dust. I’ve had mine for about eight months now. I use it a lot and it hasn’t missed a beat so far.

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 08:55 PM

Everything I have read on them so far has been positive. I’d like to see the review, too.

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#3 posted 01-24-2008 09:46 PM

Not a fan of Ridgid tools here.

I did a steel roof not too long ago and there were two kinds of battery drills. Ridgid and DeWalt. Same voltage of battery but the DeWalt out drilled the Ridgid 4 to 1.

Over time they seem to die faster then other brands.

Thats just my experience

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 01-25-2008 12:03 AM

I have the rigid combination oscillating sander. It has both a spindle and an edge sander. For the price it is a great deal, but it certainly is no industrial tool. If you have intensive spindle sander work to do, it is not the way to go.

I am not a big fan of Rigid either, but this is a unique tool.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 01-25-2008 01:47 AM

Peter & Mott: Thanks! Please consider posting an in depth review in the review section! I really like my 12” Ridgid CMS, and this one looks promising too. I’ve heard mixed reviews on some of their other products (namely the 14” bandsaw which I researched before choosing my Grizzly), but I think the sander is an exception.

-- John - Central PA -

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#6 posted 01-25-2008 03:44 AM

JC, I don’t have time to do a review of the Ridgid OSS, but for the money, you can’t go wrong. Simple to operate, the dust collection works fairly well and I’ve used it on just about every project since I’ve acquired it.

As for those naysayers of Ridgid tools, here’s my $0.02. I’ve got the Ridgid table saw (ts3650), the aforementioned OSS, planer, 12” compound sliding mitre saw, 14” bandsaw and the hammer drill, circular saw, flashlight and recip saw combo pack and last but not least the Ridgid router. And I agree, this stuff probably isn’t quite up to DeWalt standards, but the price isn’t either. I agree the bandsaw isn’t the greatest, but for 349 bucks, unless you take the wimpy 3/4 hp motor and try to resaw, well…’s worth 349 bucks. The 24v handtool combo has worked very well. Granted I don’t do this for a living, but for my use, they have been great. If it wasn’t for the spindle lock, I’d love the router. It’s got some great features, lighted collet area, dust collection etc. The planer is probably my favorite. It works great for a 2 blade design, almost no snipe as long as you remember to lock the cutter head. The tablesaw has been really good too. I do believe it beat out most of the other saws in a magazine comparison of contractor’s saws. (Wood Magazine maybe?) Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to upgrade to some better equipment in the future, but for now, that orange looks good to me.

I guess if DeWalt is on the high end of things, I’d rate Ridgid at the upper middle range. I don’t think you can beat Ridgid on a dollar for dollar basis, especially for a weekend flunkie like me. There, I feel better now…

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#7 posted 01-25-2008 07:26 AM

Brad Nailor got one for Christmas, which engender discussion and positive reviews. Mot has one, and seems to like his, as does Bob#2, jcash3, Greg3G and I believe our own MsDebbieP has one as well. On their word alone I’m inclined to believe it is a solid machine. Maybe one of the folks listed will do a review.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-26-2008 12:26 AM

Carl: Thanks for the mini review!

Douglas: Thanks for all that research!

I am probably going to make this my next tool purchase…

-- John - Central PA -

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