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lumberjoe

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07-18-2012 12:21 PM

I have been trying with the idea of getting one of these for a while.There are been a few threads lately that were very helpful. I have finally narrowed it down to two options.

1 – Ridgid EB4424. A lot of people here praise this machine. I rarely cut curves, but that could change. I would primarily use the edge sander. We all know what this one looks like.

2- Grizzly G1014Z. This seems much better for my current intended use

I don’t want to rule out a spindle sander. I am still very new to woodworking and haven’t even scratched the surface of what is out there yet. If I do go with the Grizzly and find myself in need of sanding a lot of curves, how good is a drill press at doing that? In addition, on the rare occurrence where I cut curves now, I rough them with a jig saw (no band saw yet), then finish up on the router table with a template and flush trim bit. That leaves a glass smooth edge that I don’t need to sand at all.

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b2rtch

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:32 PM

If you are going to buy the grizzly, buy a similar one at harbor freight with a 20% off coupon for a fraction of the price.
They have many models

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-x-36-inch-belt-6-inch-disc-sander-97181.html

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-x-48-inch-belt-and-9-inch-disc-combination-sander-6852.html

I have the Rigid and I love it.
This probably is the most used tool in my shop.
I never yet used the spindle just the belt.
I bought it used for $100.00

Buy your belts and discs from Klingspors, they are the best for the best prices:
http://www.woodworkingshop.com/?inMed=GSANDING&gclid=CJT8zP-go7ECFWIGRQod-GbTmA

-- Bert

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 12:51 PM

Bert, thanks for the tip! That unit is about half the price of the grizzly. The HF reviews are pretty good, I’ll have to check around some other places as well. I get all my sandpaper from Klingsopr. Great prices and great quality

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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knotscott

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 01:01 PM

Never used the Grizzly, but have sure been happy with the Ridgid.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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richgreer

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 01:06 PM

I’m not familiar with either of these sanders. I use my ShopSmith belt sander which I think is one of the best tools ShopSmith makes. Very solid and effective dust collection.

I use a belt sander quite a bit. I use it for material removal – not for finishing work. I often put a curve on the corner of a piece of wood with a belt sander. Sometime I cut the curve initially with a band saw and touch it up with the sander. Other times, I just go directly to the sander. I leave a course grit belt on the sander all the time.

If you want to shorten a chair or table leg by “just a hair” so it does not wobble, just push that leg into the sander for a few seconds.

I would not want to be without my solid and reliable belt sander.

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

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Brandon

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 01:08 PM

I currently have a Delta spindle sander and a Ryobi sander similar (but smaller, I’m sure) to the Grizzley model shown above. I use them both, and even though I don’t do curves that much, I do them enough that the spindle sander is very useful. Yet it seems that the Ridgid sander is so versatile it could do whatever I use my two sanders for. I think you’d be happy with the Ridgid model—as you have said, people who own them love them.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 01:16 PM

Knottscott, do you ever wish the belt was either longer or wider on the ridgid?

-- https://pinepointwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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jmos

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 01:28 PM

One thought; do you own a portable belt sander? I made a quick and dirty stand for my portable belt sander; it lays on its side and has a platform at 90 deg to the belt. I drop it in and instant sanding platform. Works pretty well and it was cheap and quick.

-- John

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JBfromMN

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 01:33 PM

I did not have a fixed station sander until a couple of years ago when I got the Ridgid. Now that I have it, I do not know how I did without it. Easily one of the most used tools.

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 02:42 PM

one word…

1720 RPM

much better control of how fast material is removed and much less prone to burning…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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knotscott

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 02:46 PM

”Knottscott, do you ever wish the belt was either longer or wider on the ridgid?”

Yes….probably my biggest complaint, but I realize the price would go up if they made it larger.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Mainiac Matt

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 02:55 PM

I don’t have room for another stationary machine and already have a really good hand held Bosch 4×24…. so I purchased the Bosch fence attachment and make do mounting it in a vice.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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lab7654

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 03:04 PM

ssnvet, that’s a great way to save space and money. lumberjoe, I think you’d be good with the Ridgid and its versatility. Otherwise, if you go with the Grizzly, drill press sanding drums work pretty well for their price point. One option is somehow safely removing the guard on the very top of the sander, where the roller is, and using that curve to sand curves on your piece. Some stationary sanders don’t even have that top guard, making this easy.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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KenBry

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 03:20 PM

Yesterday I bought the Ridgid because I was on the fence about which sanding unit to get. Well I jumped off the fence because I really needed the thing on my project. I used the belt and spindle on Maple and walnut last night, DAMN glad I bought it! Saved a ton of hand sanding that I would normally have done.

Just get it… LOL

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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Bill White

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 03:44 PM

Love my Ridgid. Ya made a good choice, but I wish I had room to add the Grizz.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Mike Gager

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 04:03 PM

ive got the ridgid and a ryobi 4×36 belt/disc sander i use both. i made a fence on the ridgid so i could do thickness sanding of smaller pieces, works pretty good for up to about 6” wide

oh btw i find these sanders to be the most dangerous pieces of equiptment in my shop, im always losing prints from the tips of my fingers on them grrr

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