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Forum topic by phk posted 07-16-2012 09:08 PM 1871 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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phk

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07-16-2012 09:08 PM

I want to add some kind of stationary sander to my shop. I have a long, narrow shop (equivalent to a 2 car tandem garage) so while I have some space, the arrangement of things is a little odd. I don’t think I really have the space for a combination disc/belt sander because you need to be able to get to it from at least two sides to work with it. I’ve been leaning towards just getting a 12” disc sander but I’ve noticed on this site that many of you are literally in love with the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander. I don’t have a special need (I don’t make guitars or anything like that). I’m just looking for a good general purpose stationary sander. Any thoughts on the best way to go here?

-- PHK - Martinez, CA


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#1 posted 07-16-2012 09:13 PM

There is a reason we like the EB4424. It does what it does VERY well…

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 09:39 PM

I have a 6” x 48” belt sander from Harbor freight ($200) and use it a lot. It has a disk sander with it but I never use that. (Burns the wood ). This is the most used tool in my 10’ x 25’ shop.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 10:56 PM

I had a Dewalt 6’‘X48” disc/belt sander. I used it some the first year and I could never get good results. It sat idle in my shop for 10 years and I just gve it away. I now use hand planes, BS, spoke shaves, scrapers, etc., and do much better work.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 11:35 PM

go for a belt/disk with a mobile base. The base will let you pull it away from the wall to get at all those angles you need around it. Also if you do, go for a 6×48 because most of the 4×36 sanders are crap and underpowered.

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 12:05 AM

I use my 12” disk about as much as the belt.
Would hate to be without either.

If I was starting over, I’d carefully consider the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander and still get a separate disk sander. They all do different jobs and I presently don’t have a spindle sander except for my drill press.

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 02:25 AM

I have an OLD Grizzly 6×48 sander and it gets used on every project. The belt gets used a lot more than the disc as I get less burning on the belt. i also have a Hatichi 4×36 that has held up well but is a toy compared to the old Grizz.

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rance

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 04:07 AM

Andy, and others,

Get yourselves a belt cleaner:
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000271/8/abrasive-belt-cleaner-2-x-2-x-12.aspx
I’m sure Rockler has them also. Or just use an old tennis shoe.

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 02:10 PM

I was going to ask yesterday, why do I need one of these? My next tool purchase will either be something like this or a drill press. I guess I don’t really understand their use. What makes these better than just a regular old ROS?

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rance

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 02:27 PM

Joe, Put a 36 or 50 grit on the belt and you can do some shaping in a real hurry that will take a long time with a ROS. It has a purpose that is different than a ROS. It also has a table that gives you 90 degrees from the belt to square up corners if you need that. Grits are easilly and quickly changed.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bill White

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 02:50 PM

Ridgid in my shop. Its a keeper.
Bill

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 03:09 PM

I have recently put $250, including tax, and extra warranty, into a Harbor Freight belt disc sander. So far it’s been a good deal. I was considering a $500 sander that Grizzly sells. However, I was really pushed for money at the time. So far I haven’t been sorry. If it will last me a couple of years I will be happy because I was doing a whole lot of hand sanding and I consider it has already paid for itself in time saved in the last 6 weeks. I would probably still not have any sander yet so getting this cheaper one has helped me a lot. BTW, I put mine on a plywood base with casters because my shop is small too.

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 08:36 PM

Rance, a Art eraser does a good job also.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 12:45 AM

Rance, I have three of the big gum erasers (one near every sander). They save a lot of paper. Joe, These sanders do so much more than a ROS: sand a perfect circle, true up a miter, round corners, take the excess ‘pin’ materiel off box joints, etc and they do it FAST!

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 12:46 AM

I’m just having trouble visualizing how they work, especially the belt part. I will probably get one this weekend. Woodcraft has there 10/15% of sale Saturday and Sunday

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 12:50 AM

Joe, A big advantage to the larger sanders is a much longer platen under the belt. This allow you to sand/flatten longer pieces. The platen on my Grizz is 17” so check this before spending your money.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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