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Forum topic by Levi79 posted 07-02-2012 05:13 PM 2510 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2012 05:13 PM

I build guitars and I am in the market for a spindle sander. I was pretty much set on the Rigid because I’ve seen so many people use it and love it. I love to buy stuff used just cause you can get so much more bang for your buck. I didn’t find any of the Rigids used. However I did find a General 15220 spindle sander on Kijiji for $250. Now I’m unsure which to get, because the Rigid is $250 new and the General is $250 used. I know the Rigid has the belt feature, but I don’t really need that because I have a tabletop belt sander.
Help me decide guys! I’m totally new to woodworking and tools. No experience except for my first guitar build. I’m just curious whether it’s worth getting the General used rather than a new Rigid.
Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-02-2012 05:22 PM

I’ve never used the General International sander, but am very happy with the Ridgid. From the specs and pics online, it appears that the GI is a bit heavier, but I’m not sure it’s enough so to justify loosing warranty, return privileges, etc.


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#2 posted 07-02-2012 05:26 PM

I have the Ridgid and have been very well satisfied with it. I use it quite a lot.

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#3 posted 07-02-2012 05:30 PM

Around here and on-line, the Ridgid is $199. $50 less with a LSA. I’ll admit that I have the Ridgid and love it.

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#4 posted 07-02-2012 06:14 PM

I never even thought about warranty. That’s a great point.
What’s LSA? I’d love to save $50 if possible.

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#5 posted 07-02-2012 06:19 PM

LSA – Lifetime Service Agreement. Not to be confused with a lifetime warranty…there’s some fine print, and registration is required.

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#6 posted 07-02-2012 06:36 PM

The differnce between the durability of the those two machines is like night and day, the Ridgid is fine for what it is but the General International is a significant jump up in quality and power. The GI weighs twice what the Ridgid does and isn’t built with a lot of plastic. Personally, I would make sure the GI runs well and all 5 spindles are present and be very happy with it over the Rigid. My advise go look at the Rigid on the way to look at the GI, I bet you you will buy the GI if it is in good shape.

PS don’t get me wrong the Rigid is the best buy at its price point new, but new the GI sells for well over twice what the Ridgid sells for.

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#7 posted 07-02-2012 06:45 PM

The Ridgid has features the GI does not like fold down table top and belt sander attachment. I have a number of students that have the Rigid and love it. It’s hard to beat it’s features and price.

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#8 posted 07-02-2012 07:05 PM

I have the Ridgid. I tell my wife at least once a week that it’s one of the best Christmas presents she’s given me. From the pictures it looks like the table of the Ridgid is bigger so more stability when sanding. I can’t see the General but the Ridgid has a dust vacuum port on the back that cuts down on the dust significantly.

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#9 posted 07-02-2012 09:02 PM

The GI appears to be an industrial use machine , where the Ridgid is definetly homeowner / hobbiest use , IMHO.
I own the Ridgid and just can’t see it holding up to daily shop / production environment use.
I love mine , but I am just a hobbiest : )

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#10 posted 07-02-2012 09:16 PM

Some very good points here. I am currently just learning/doing this as a hobby, but I already have interest from people to make them custom guitars. Not doing it yet, but I might be down the road. Maybe I’ll give the guy with the General a call and see if he can make my decision by moving on his price haha.

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#11 posted 07-02-2012 09:22 PM

I think AHuxley’s advice to stop and look at the Ridgid on the way to see the GI is excellent. That way you’ll have a fresh comparison in your head, and can make a better decision. The Ridgid will always be there if you turn down the GI.

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#12 posted 07-03-2012 01:35 AM

Well I went to look for the ad again and it was deleted. So I guess my decision was made for me haha. Thanks for the help guys!

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#13 posted 07-03-2012 01:47 AM

It really was a good deal, it and the very similar Jet (along with the US built Clayton) really are the kings of the benchtop OSS, they are a scaled down version of a “real” OSS with an oil bath and heavy construction. One very similar one to approach cautiously is the Powermatic Pm14, it looks very similar BUT has some parts availability issues. Not denegrating the Ridgid for the price new but under the hood its like the difference between a Ford Ranger and a Ford F150 (there are F350s out there too, such as the Ekstrom Carlson etc). Also be wary or the Grizzly combo OSS and disc sander (not sure if King or Craftex has a clone) one of the main helical gears is polyurethane to avoid the need for an oil bath.

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