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02-11-2017 09:02 PM

There are a whole bunch of spindle sanders that look basically the same. I chuckled when I saw these three on HD site. Anyone know if there are any significant differences between them. When you look at specs, there are some slight differences, but I don’t trust them. The Rockwell is supposedly a 1 hp when the others are 1/2, but they’re all 3.5 amps.

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 09:18 PM

I have an old Ryobi that appears to be the same sander. I will say that it works Ok. If it’ll ever die, I’ll upgrade to the Ridgid unit.

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 09:32 PM

i couldn’t tell if you are looking for a spindle sander but I’ve used the Rigid Oscillating belt and spindle sander for about 10 years and it does everything I need. I would recommend it and if you do buy it register it for lifetime maintenance.

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 09:33 PM

I bought the Wen because, like you, I realized they’re all the same.

Zero complaints with it!

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#4 posted 02-11-2017 09:34 PM

I have the WEN and it suits my occasional need to clean up a band or saber saw curve cut. If you want something suitable for a production shop, it might not be the best choice.

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#5 posted 02-11-2017 11:01 PM

The ridgid has the added benefit of a tilting table + belt sander. Add a miter gauge and you can chamfer tenons and all sorts of other operations. Plus it has a bigger table than most.

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#6 posted 02-11-2017 11:02 PM

The ridgid has the added benefit of a tilting table + belt sander. Add a miter gauge and you can chamfer tenons and all sorts of other operations. Plus it has a bigger table than most.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 02-11-2017 11:25 PM


The ridgid has the added benefit of a tilting table + belt sander. Add a miter gauge and you can chamfer tenons and all sorts of other operations. Plus it has a bigger table than most.

- pintodeluxe

But it doesn’t look like it will fit inside some spaces, like circle cuts. Is it convertible or something?

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#8 posted 02-11-2017 11:39 PM

I’ve got the Woodriver version. No complaints, works as described, and I picked it up on sale (i.e. at a normal, non-woodcraft price.) Looks identical (with the exception of the color) with the three pictured in the OP.

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#9 posted 02-12-2017 12:05 AM


The ridgid has the added benefit of a tilting table + belt sander. Add a miter gauge and you can chamfer tenons and all sorts of other operations. Plus it has a bigger table than most.

- pintodeluxe

But it doesn t look like it will fit inside some spaces, like circle cuts. Is it convertible or something?

- RichTaylor

Yes. It changes from a belt sander to a spindle sander. Very versatile. Watch some of the you tubes on it. Best bang for your buck.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#10 posted 02-12-2017 12:15 AM

Btw, I look for a good deal on the ridgid from time to time. Looked these up today and thought it was really interesting that what looks like the same exact sander can be had with that kind of price difference—the Triton is 70% higher. I was curious if Triton specs theirs at a higher level.

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#11 posted 02-12-2017 12:55 AM


Btw, I look for a good deal on the ridgid from time to time. Looked these up today and thought it was really interesting that what looks like the same exact sander can be had with that kind of price difference—the Triton is 70% higher. I was curious if Triton specs theirs at a higher level.

- CharlesA

I saw the same thing pointed out about different brands of thickness planers. They were identical outside of some minor cosmetic things like color, etc. I believe that it’s because they all are made by the same manufacturer in China.

I saw the similarity in spindle sanders and just bought the cheapest one.

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong. It was an article I glanced over, and that’s what I took away from it.

Edit: Check out images of Cutech, Rikon and General spiral head planers and you can see what I mean.

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#12 posted 02-12-2017 01:04 AM

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#13 posted 02-12-2017 01:08 AM



Btw, I look for a good deal on the ridgid from time to time. Looked these up today and thought it was really interesting that what looks like the same exact sander can be had with that kind of price difference—the Triton is 70% higher. I was curious if Triton specs theirs at a higher level.

- CharlesA

I was disappointed in the spindle sander portion of the rigid combo sander. The edge sander is great but the sanding sleeve on the spindle constantly slips so you really can’t get much sanding done. The rubber drum is too hard, so you can’t tighten it enough to deform it to put pressure on the sleeve to keep it from catching on the wood and stay in place while the rubber drum spins. Mine was really worthless so I just ended up getting an upright Grizzly.

I believe the Harbor freight version of the spindle sander has good reviews, so might be worth a try. If it doesn’t work out, you can at least take it back easy enough.

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#14 posted 02-12-2017 01:14 AM


I believe the Harbor freight version of the spindle sander has good reviews, so might be worth a try. If it doesn t work out, you can at least take it back easy enough.

- AZWoody

That Harbor Freight one is $30 more than the Wen from HD or Amazon.

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#15 posted 02-12-2017 01:40 AM


I believe the Harbor freight version of the spindle sander has good reviews, so might be worth a try. If it doesn t work out, you can at least take it back easy enough.

- AZWoody

That Harbor Freight one is $30 more than the Wen from HD or Amazon.

- CharlesA

Even so, being able to walk in and inspect it might be worth that $30 rather than waiting for the mail and getting something you have to return.

Where I live I have to rely on mail order for almost anything but if I do ever get the chance of getting something in person, I will usually pay a little extra for that.

That’s why I think that way but for most people it’s the opposite.

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