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08-24-2012 01:23 AM

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In my projects, I love to have curves in them. The best tool for sanding your curves is a spindle sander. There really nice, but there are a lot of them out there. And i’m having a hard time picking one out for my shop. The jet spindle sander would be perfect, but it’s way to pricey for me. The harbor freight spindle spindle is great, but people have said that there really cheap. If you now about spindle sanders, please comment below.


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#1 posted 08-24-2012 01:31 AM

I think the best value out there is the Ridgid spindle sander it also has an attachment to adapts it to a small belt sander. I think it has a greet price. A number of my students have bought this sand and are very happy with it.

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 01:40 AM

I agree with Jim. This is a great tool and a fantastic value. We use ours with the belt sander attachment on most of the time, which provides a much better sanding surface for most applications. Dust collection is decent, and it is well made for the price point.

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 01:51 AM

Aj- I have the Harbor Freight spindle sander and have used it A LOT. The first one died after 5 months but they replaced it free with no receipt. The second one is still going strong after 3 years of use. The sanding sleeves from HF also last very well if you clean them after every use with a crepe block. This is one of the better HF tools in my opinion. Also the dust collection is very good hooked to my Ridgid shop vac. If you buy one be sure to use a discount coupon and you’ll save another 20%.

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 02:03 AM

I think it depends what kind of items you will build, if you are going to build small things that fit on a small table a HF
might be fine for you it your going to build things you need a longer sander table top to work off of. One thing I noticed about the Ridgid is that one of it’s sides can be dropped down for longer pieces that you need more angel on, but you still have a sander that has enough weight to not tip over when sanding those longer heavier pieces.

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 02:29 AM

I recently purchased the Ridgid sander mentioned by others in this chain. There are no HF in Hawaii so that wasn’t really an option for me. However, the versatility of spindle and belt sanding for under $200 is pretty hard to beat. Sure I would have loved a full sized stationary machine with a cast iron top but I wasn’t going to find that for this price point. The machine quickly removes a lot of material with coarse grits but leaves a nice smooth finish with finer grits. Dust collection is pretty good for a sander (mine is connected to a PM 1100 dust collector). Noise factor is moderate-high. The one thing that I’m not crazy about is the spindle lock knob is real easy to over-tighten and then it is a bugger to get loose again but now I know to just tighten it to a light snug sot the torque of the machine doesn’t over tighten it. I know that you are primarily interested in curves but one extra advantage I discovered was the ability to use the belt with a miter gauge to sand angles accurately. Not a dream machine but definitely a good value and I would do it all over again.

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 02:33 AM

While strolling through the tool department at one of my local HD’s the other day I noticed they no longer carry the Ridgid EB4424 spindle sander in stock.

The website actually has two listings for this now (search for EB4424 on the website), one is an “on-line” exclusive, and the other one lists local store inventory. Does anybody know if this is the next Ridgid tool HD has relegated to the special order category?

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 04:04 AM

I’ve got a friend just bought a HF spindle sander. I think he told me he had a coupon and got it for $89.00.
He said he got the coupon off Ebay for less than 2 bucks. He’s very pleased with the sander.

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 04:32 AM

+1 for the Ridgid OSS…..

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 11:38 AM

+2 for the Ridgid

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 11:48 AM

+6 for the Ridgid EB4424.

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 11:49 AM


We have the Ridgid spindle / belt sander and use it often. It is a quality tool and change over from sindle to belt is quick and easy. Dust collection in spindle mode is excellent and fair in belt mode.

The HF spindle sander also seems to be good quality.

FYI you can find HF 20% off coupons in many magazines so you don’t have to spend $2 to get one.

Good luck with your selection.

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#12 posted 08-24-2012 11:59 AM

+7 Ridgid, the very best .
I bought used one for $100.0
This probably is the most used tool in my shop.
The HF also has excellent review.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-24-2012 01:15 PM

I purchased the H.F and it was dead out of the box. Looked elsewhere and found a Delta BOSS but read of failed start capacitors and stripped gears so I skipped that. Spent the money on a JET – f you need a tool that you will use a lot and want to last the rest of your life just get the JET. It has metal gears turning in an oil bath and weighs a ton so there is no vibration. I recently saw it discounted by a hundred dollars so check out Amazon now.

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#14 posted 08-24-2012 02:47 PM

I would like to have a good sized table on mine. Looks like a lot of people suggest the ridgid spindle sander. I don’t go to home depot a lot, but I go there from time to time, next time I go there i’ll take a look at it. What about the Delta BOSS? A lot of people have it, and write good things about it? I’ve used the ridgid spindle sander before, but have never used the Delta BOSS. Which one is better?

Jim-I build a lot of chairs, and other projects. I would like a fairly good sized table, so if I ever needed to sand a large workpiece, there wouldn’t be a problem. I own a lot of HF tools, but never any benchtop tools. I don’t want to spend over $200 dollars, on a spindle sander. Because I will still have to make a stand for it.


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#15 posted 08-24-2012 03:11 PM

unless you go with a floor model OS most of the bench tops have small tables,I think Ridgid has the largest of the bench top models. You might take a look on Craigs list and see if they have a floor model OS in your price range,
I have a Grizzly and it works great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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