Belt / Disc Sander vs Disc/OSS Sander

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Forum topic by Sparky_Texas posted 05-31-2011 02:52 PM 2745 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2011 02:52 PM

It is time to add a sander to my workshop. I have narrowed my options down to a Belt/Disc sander or the Grizzly 12” Disc/OSS Sander combo. Any advice would be appreciated.

Sparky in Texas

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 03:40 PM

What do you want to do with it? Personally I’d go for the Disc/OSS combo, but I already have a belt sander.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 03:45 PM

As much as I love my Combo belt and disc sander an oscillating belt sander would be nice to have.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 03:56 PM

If I was only going to purchase one sander at this time I’d get the belt/disc combo. But if you’re going to buy two sanders I’d go for the disc and the OSS. I just looked at the Grizzly catalog and didn’t see where they offered a Disc/OSS combo. Looks like you’ll have to buy two separate sanders for that kind of combo.

BTW welcome to LJs sparky.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 05:12 PM

I own the grizzly disc/belt sander I love it and for power it has about twice what it needs. Good luck.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 03:27 AM

I spend more time in front of my sander than in front of any other tool I have . I have a disc/belt sander with the disc not installed. ( hate those things). I have a Harbor Freight 6” x48” belt sander. I paid $169 for it and it works great! I thought belt changing and tracking might be an issue on such a cheap sander but it works just fine. Be sure to get some of that belt sander clean up product. It will make the belts last 100 times longer than not having it. It is a crape material that works just like an erasor to remove sawdust buildup.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#6 posted 06-01-2011 03:58 AM

Remember that with sanders, dust collection should (and will) be an important consideration. DC is a major factor for me when choosing tools. Using a belt sander without good collection creates a hell of a mess and is unhealthy. I should know, I did that for a year or so and I still have dust in the shop from that time.

I find that I use the OSS more than the belt, but it depends on what you like to build.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 03:58 AM

I have the Hitachi Belt/Disc sander as well as the Ridgid OSS, They are both affordable and having the 2 of them takes care of all my sanding needs:)

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#8 posted 06-01-2011 04:53 AM

I have the 6×48 Grizzly belt/disc sander and a Harbor Freight oscillating spindle sander. If I could buy only one it would be the spindle sander because it will sand things that you cant sand with any other type of sander [inside tight curves and inside holes]. Im not a big HF fan but this has been a good tool which gets used A LOT.

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#9 posted 06-01-2011 06:30 AM

What David said.

What do you need it for?

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 01:53 PM

Unless you have a lot of inside curves to sand, the belt/disc sander wins hands down. I have a 6×48 / 12” Delta that I would hate to live without. The OSS is convenient, but seldom used in my shop. For box work, a disc sander (and a drum sander) is indispensable. As others have said, it depends on what you do.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 06-01-2011 02:24 PM

Thanks for the input and questions. My main use will be to make outdoor furniture and my wife wants to try her hand at some decorative shelf brackets. So all types of sanding.

Great site here and I imagine I will learn a lot from all of you.


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#12 posted 06-01-2011 05:03 PM

In my shop, the belt sander is set up with a course grit and is used as a material remover. For example if a plant stand wobbles a little because one leg is just a little too long, I can shorten that leg pretty quickly with my belt sander.

My OSS is used with various grits and is used primarily for finishing work.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 06-01-2011 05:48 PM

Honestly I feel the vertical sander is old news. I don’t know what your particular job is but I have tried numorous sanders. I have never found anything to beat my rigid osalating belt/spendle. I have hundreds of hours on it and for $180 bucks I’m just going to get another when this one goes out. You should check it out. But to answer you question the disc spendles the way to go.

-- Rogue

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#14 posted 06-01-2011 05:53 PM

Depends on your needs. I have a Ridgid EB4424 oscillating belt / spindle sander, and I LOVE it. I have’t found much if any need for a disc sander, but I do have a 12” disc that I use on my lathe with a little shop built table for stuff that just needs a continuous direction (I.E. small parts leap to mind…)

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