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Forum topic by ProtegeLongbows posted 03-11-2011 05:02 AM 3218 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2011 05:02 AM

Which would you go with?


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#1 posted 03-11-2011 05:03 AM

Or would you choose some other model?

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 05:08 AM

I would choose a delta or a powermatic, just because they are the ones you see and the ones with the most possitive feed back.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 06:32 AM

i have had a ritter 4” edge sander in our shop for 15 years and believe me it is used daily. i would give them a avery good rating. ritter is a good product.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 06:40 AM

I have spoken to several people that rank the ritter as an excellent machine…saying it is slightly above the powermatic and significantly better than the delta or jet, but I haven’t heard anything on the quality of the newer General International machines. If I was comparing apples to apples I would probably go with the Ritter, as it has an excellent reputation. My problem is Ritter doesn’t make a smaller unit, so if I chose Ritter I would need to get a machine signficantly larger (the Ritter 911 model 6×108) than I might need…which means more money. However, if it is a much better machine than the General then I am willing to do that.

What I need is an EXCELLENT 90 degree angle that stays put and also trouble free operation. If I go with the General, I will probably go with the 6×89 with oscillating belt.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:42 AM

FYI…when I say “several” I should change that statement to a “few”...as it hasn’t been “many” by any means.

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 06:44 AM

Ritter, no contest

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 07:03 AM

I have several General International machines and they are well built and rock solid.

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 04:50 AM

i chose the 4” for our shop because when we bought it 20 or so years ago it was all that was offered. we have the table set at a slant to use all of the belt. everybody uses these for differant thigs but spending the money for the 6 ” seems a waste to me. the belts cost alot more also. dont spent the money on top spindle if it is offered. none of them are round . wobble is horrible. i threw it and the table away.

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 05:53 AM

I needed one for this week. I didn’t realize Ritter was made to order and was going to require me to wait 4-6 weeks…so I purchased the General International today.

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#10 posted 10-06-2016 01:55 PM

It seems like this is an older post, but I thought I would let you all know that Ritter is now back in business and we just recently shipped a few of these edge sanders. If you need more information about them, let me know or you can check out the website here: rittermachinerycompany.com

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