Belt/disc vs spindle sander

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10-04-2012 12:00 AM

I’m not sure which to go with. I am just getting into woodworking and am stuck on which type I should go with. Any opinions?

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 12:03 AM

Apples n’ Oranges.
Depends on what you need it for. Belt/Disc is probably more versatile.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 12:05 AM

They each perform different fuctions. I have both. I have the Ridgid OSS (& belt sander) and a disk/belt sander. With that said, you need to look at the project(s) you are/will be doing. Let that determine which sander to buy (first).

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 12:31 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I have a delta belt/disc combo, it is a few years old and discontinued. It has a plastic pulley that the splines are striped on. I used jb weld on it and its working for now. I’ve been thinking about replacing it, but I want to do a little research this time.

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 01:53 AM

I use my Disk sander the most, but when i have an inside curve to sand, The spindle sander saves me hours. i would get the ridgid OSS. The belt can be used similarly to a disk sander and it has a spindle.

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 11:53 AM

I have the jet 1in belt an 8in disc combo.for drum sanding ,i have one for the drillpress…built a wooden box with a vacuum port to suck the dust works good..


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#6 posted 10-04-2012 12:22 PM

If you’re considering any of the benchtop sanders, I’d highly recommend the Ridgid EB4424….you get both types of sander for not much more than either type alone. Very happy with mine.

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 12:36 PM

I just bought the Rikon 1” belt/8”disc sander and it does and excellent job but there are thing it doesn’t do. I have a spindle sander on my to buy list when I can afford it. As tedstor says you are comparing apples and oranges. I have a drum sander for my drill press. It doesn’t work as efficiently as I would like. It also cause sideways wear on the bushing in the drill press spindle.


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#8 posted 10-04-2012 12:50 PM

The rigid sander can be switched to a spindle sander, and a edge sander! That is the sander I would suggest buying, good luck!

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 02:29 PM

Go Ridgid. For the bucks, ya can’t beat the product.


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#10 posted 10-05-2012 03:36 AM

does anyone else have trouble with the ridgid sanding belts not tracking well?

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 04:21 AM

Nope, mine tracks fine. When you change belts you might need to make a tracking adjustment via the top right hand knob, but once set it should stay good until you change belts again.

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 04:40 AM

I recommend the Ridgid OSS. The oscillating belt feature is so handy, and works great for fairing gentle curves. I hardly ever use the small spindles, but use the belt feature all the time.
I have also come to appreciate the tilting table. When used with a miter gauge, chamfering ends of tenons becomes a simple task. Gone are the days of hand planing chamfers, hoping to get them smooth and even. With the Ridgid OSS, it becomes automatic.
It is not built to industrial specs, but for the hobby level woodworker, it really fills a niche.

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 12:21 PM

Another +1 for the Ridgid OSS. I picked one up on CList brand new for $80…still had the plastic on the knobs. The tracking adjustment for the belt is easy, makes switching belts a breeze. It’s not crazy powerful and doesn’t have the belt length if you plan on really sanding really large amounts, but for what it’s marketed for it does a great job. I wish I would have had it a long time ago.

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