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02-17-2011 04:37 AM

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I would like to add a new tool to the shop and am leaning toward the Delta B.O.S.S., but have been reading a lot of reviews on the Ridgid EB4424 – so I have to ask, as I can’t justify both, what is the better machine as far as versatility and benefits other than the BOSS does not have the belt sander option.
I have a hand held belt sander that I rarely use and a Delta disc / belt sander that is not the greatest. It is horizontal and I cant really edge sand with it the best.

Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-17-2011 04:53 AM

For the price, I think it’s hard to beat the Ridgid, considering the versatility of it. I have only used mine a couple of times so far, but it’s been great. I’ve only used the spindle option to-date.

With that being said, I may just set it up as a belt sander once it’s actually in the shop. By that, I mean I may just have it set to “default” in belt mode since you can still sand profiles along the edge of the belt, and since it also oscillates in belt mode, all the better. If I need a specific size of taper, I can also swap it to the spindle sander.

It was a no-brainer for me on the EB4224, as I found a brand new, in-box unit on Craigslist for $125.

With that being said, I’ve heard good things about the BOSS, but never used one.

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 04:54 AM

Of course it depends on what you want to do with the machine. I have used (and abused) the BOSS for the last 16 years and it runs like it was just taken out of the box. Before that I went through two Ryobis in about one year.

Jet has a good tool with a tilting table and a longer spindle that I would look at if I were buying now.

Good luck,


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#3 posted 02-17-2011 05:15 AM

I have the Ridgid and am fairly happy with it. The throat plate that goes around the sanding drum doesn’t sit flush on mine. If I push it down at one end it pops out at the other, so it’s like it’s not flat enough. Not a big deal, but annoying. The dust collection isn’t very good. It has a 2.5” dust port that I have hooked into my DC system and it’s better than not having anything at all, but you’re still going to have to go back with the shop vac afterwards. The belt sanding option is a serious nice to have, so I’d definitely put that in the “pro” column for the Ridgid. The warranty is another pro.

One thing I’ll advise you to do before you make a decision is look at the cost of replacement sanding drums. I’ve only looked at Home Depot thus far, but as I recall they seemed pretty pricey. I think it was about $30 for a pack with one replacement for each size drum. If you use the large drum a lot more than the others like I do, then that could be a minus. I’m sure you can probably source replacements elsewhere though.

I’ve looked at the BOSS briefly at Woodcraft, but never used one. From what I remember it looked like a pretty nice machine. You’d probably do alright with either one.

For what it’s worth, I still keep an eye on Craigslist for a good deal on a larger machine. The one Norm has in his shop removes material a LOT faster than my Ridgid does. I see them from pop up from time to time in the $400 range. That’s more than I want to spend, but if I found one for $300-350 and was starting over, I’d probably spend the extra $150 for a big one.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 02:23 PM

Actually Hal,
I have recently purchased some plans to build an amazing rocking chair from a guy you may know, and will be needing this sander to assist in my build. I am getting ready to start making my templates and will need it for this as well, so was trying to ensure I bought smart the first time.

I will check out the jet as as I have not heard much about them.

Thanks for the responses everyone.


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#5 posted 02-17-2011 03:12 PM

I read a set of reviews recently from Woodworkers Journal comparing several of the oscillating sanders. The Delta was voted as top pick but the author did state that each of the machines had different features and both the Ridgid and Delta would serve you well. As stated before, it depends on what you want out of your machine. I picked up the Ridgid for my own shop. The advantages I could see was it had the oscillating belt sander as well as the drums so I could perform flat and round sanding on the same machine. The price was right, and the warranty is more than decent. The Delta is nearly twice as much, but it does have a cast iron table and the size of the table is pretty substantial for a benchtop. If you have no need for flat sanding and you have the money, Delta would be a good pick. If you would like the benefits of two sanding systems in one, I would go with the Ridgid. Either one would be considered a wise buy.

Good luck,


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#6 posted 02-17-2011 03:36 PM

I bought the Ridgid thinking I’d primarily use the spindle sanding set up… but I’ve found the belt set up works for just about all my applications better than the spindle set up. I bought a couple of bags of assorted spindles for $16.95 from home depot, you can get them on-line cheaper. If you’re sure your just interested in the spindle application then the Delta is probably better, but I would recommend the Ridgid for it’s price, warranty, tilting table and versatility… just my thoughts.

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 03:58 PM

I highly recommend throwing the Jet oscillating spindle sander in the mix. I too was looking at the Delta and the Rigid and then came across the Jet and settled on it. It’s incredible and has served me well. If you’re fixed on only selecting from Delta or Rigid, I’d go with Rigid for it’s versatility. Rigid seems to be built better and you can’t beat the warranty.

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 04:06 PM

I have had the Rigid almost since it first appeared in the store and I absolutely love it. It has not caused any trouble at all to this point and if it were to go belly up I would immediately purchase another one. I find that I use both the belt and the spindle options with equal frequency. I have found assorted spindles from time to time at HD for a reasonable price, but they don’t always have them in stock. I have no experience with the Delta and I am sure it is a good machine. But for versatility, there is nothing out there that will beat the Rigid. Dust collection is an issue; however, you might search for a post some time ago about a home built add on dust collection device.

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#9 posted 02-17-2011 04:48 PM

I have the Ridgid, and I love the functionality of it. I can’t imagine wanting an oscillating spindle only sander when a machine like this is available… It is an exceptional tool, well worth its selling price and then some…

No matter the brand, dust collection on these types of sanders, spindle or oscillating belt, is severely lacking above the table, the Ridgid and B.O.S.S. are both examples of dust collection as an afterthought. A simple dust hood clamped to the table just past the belt / spindle and hooked via a Wye to your DC hose fixes that problem FAST…

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 06:30 PM

I’ve got the Ridgid…i purchased it “off the floor” as a display model. It had been knocked off its stand and the plastic body was cracked up a little bit, so i got a great discount. That said, i took it home and it works like a charm….quiet and smooth, the tilting table is a nice feature as well. The only issue, Dust Collection

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 05:38 AM

Thanks everyone.. I am searching the classifieds to see what is out there in my area and have only found a used Ridgid for $175. – that is almost new money so I would have to go new before paying that if it was the one to be had.


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#12 posted 02-18-2011 03:57 PM

I have the BOSS, it’s very quiet in operation and has a nice big flat cast iron table.
the benefit of the Jet is that the table is also cast iron but it also tilts, which could come in handy for some operations.

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#13 posted 02-18-2011 05:19 PM

The Ridgid is also very quiet. You can barely tell that it’s running until you put the wood up to the sandpaper. It’s the quietest tool I have that plugs in, if you’re just going by the noise of the machine turned on, not being used.

I’d also second that some sort of dust collection modification is needed. After I bought mine, I used it out in the garage on some cedar 2×6s that I added as a trellis over our new back gate. I didn’t have a bandsaw at the time and just used a jigsaw to cut the curves. The cut’s weren’t perpendicular, so I used the Ridgid to even things out and correct the blade drift angle of the cuts. It threw sawdust everywhere and I made sure to use a mask. At least the garage smelled good, but I had to get out the air gun and blow everything out and off.

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#14 posted 02-18-2011 05:29 PM

I was leaning BOSS a few years ago but the amazon reviews were mixed. I ended up buying the JETJ-BOS 5 benchtop unit and have not regretted it. It is 150 more than Delta though…but it was a merry christmas!

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