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06-11-2012 11:51 PM

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I am considering buying the Jet model JBOS5 oscillating sander. Does anyone have any experience with it? Any recommendations for a model in the $300 to $500 Price range? Many thanks, Lucyanne

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 08:17 PM

For a little more than your top budget amount, you can invest in a Grizzly stationary OSS. I bought one 2 years ago and it is very heavy duty, with a cast iron top, a STRONG motor and well made in general. I put it on a Shop Fox mobile base. You get a wide selection of spindles with it, and the sanding sleeves from Grizz are very value priced. I would reccomend this unit if you have room for a larger footprint stationary machine and you plan on using a OSS a lot. If not, go with a benchtop model

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 08:24 PM

I agree with woodbum, mine has been pretty good. 250.00 more than what your considering but a lot more machine. The work surface is a plus (25in. X 25in). Wish you well with your decision !

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 08:27 PM

My regrets Lucyanne. The Grizz floor model has gone way up. It is $750 compared to $479 at Woodcraft for your model Jet. Oh well, as usual I put my mouth in gear before fully engaging the research portion of my brain.

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 08:39 PM

What’s wrong with the stupid old Ridgid OSS?
Mine has been a workhorse, but I don’t do production work.


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#5 posted 06-13-2012 05:15 AM

I still use a Ryobi benchtop model that looks a lot like the Grizzly G0538. I bought it many years ago. I would be curious to hear what advantages people find in using the larger floor-standing machines. My spindle sander is one of the few tools in my shop that has never been upgraded.

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 05:22 AM

For $300 the best you can do is buy a new Ridgid. or a used Grizzly.

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 05:58 AM

The one feature I would not be without is an oscillating belt sander. I have the Ridgid, and would have a hard time switching to a Jet because I would be losing the belt option. The Jet is heavy duty with a cast iron top, so you can’t go wrong with it. I just know that the belt feature is on my Ridgid for 90% of the work I do, such as fairing gentle curves or general sanding tasks.

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 06:46 AM

I have had for ten years the powermatic version of this little sander I love it I know it is built better than the Grizley and the ridgid fells like a toy in comparison to this sander. I dont like Plastic tools never have so the choice is yours one thing for sure is the jet is well made. I know a lot or Ridgid owners who love the belt on their sander but on straight sides i finish with a good hand plane

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#9 posted 06-13-2012 06:47 AM

I will also chime in on the Ridgid Belt/spindle sander. I bought one a few weeks ago and love it. I would recommend it to anyone. Having the added capability of an oscillating belt as well as a spindle is awesome. You can’t beat it for 200 bucks at HD and you can even find factory refurbs on Amazon for 150. It is also light enough to take on and off the workbench when not needed. I have a small shop and not having to dedicate space to a heavy spindle sander and a separate belt sander is a premium.

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#10 posted 06-13-2012 01:29 PM

I’ll add Kudos for the Ridgid sander. It has performed well for me for several years.
It only has 4” sanding sleeves and I often need 5 1/2 for some band saw boxes. I had an extension milled by a machinist so that I can now use 6” sleeves.

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#11 posted 06-13-2012 02:39 PM

I have the JET that I bought used (once) on CL for $350. I didn’t dicker over price as I figured I was still saving a couple hundred after shipping. Only complaint is that the three inch spindle is an expensive add on. It is quiet, has a stout motor and metal gears running in an oil bath. Rigid and the Delta BOSS are plastic gears. You decide which one will last longer.

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