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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 11-08-2012 04:26 PM 2748 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2012 04:26 PM

I am looking for an all around sander and would like to get some suggestions from you guys. I have a r.o.s, a hand held belt sander, and also use my drill press with a small drum. I usually do small projects like cutting boards, wine racks, candle holders/arbors, etc. It takes me forever to sand an end grain Cb. Any suggestions would be great. Thx!

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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Bill White

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 04:32 PM

I’ve never seen an “all around” sander.
I have ROS, belt/spindle (Ridgid), hand held belt, square “pad” sander, sanding block that holds 3” X 21” belts, blah, blah.
Do ya get that I’m sander poor?


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#2 posted 11-08-2012 04:38 PM

I was kinda looking at the drum Sanders and edge Sanders but have never used them

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 04:45 PM

An edge sander would probably serve you well.

Ridgid sells a small oscillation edge and spindle sander if you
want to look at something inexpensive and versatile.

If you want speed and power and have the space, a
full sized edge sander can do the work well and used ones
can be found around $500.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 04:59 PM

I have the Ridgid oscillating edge / spindle sander. Except for the occasional (surprise) belt breaks that I can’t explain why they break (new belts, ones that have come on and off several times, or well worn) it is a great machine. When you try to move it the spindles or washers will fall off.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 05:03 PM

I am another one that finds the Ridgid useful. Two types of sanders in one. It converts from an oscillating to an oscillating belt sander quickly. I used a drill press drum before but would get frustrated with the scratch pattern that would develop. The bench sander helps eliminate that. I wish I would have gotten it sooner but I might not have the same appreciation I have for it now had I done so.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 05:10 PM

I’ve had a Shop Fox drum sander it worked well .It was 26” wide, 5hp and had two drums so you could put two different grits on at a time. If I remember right it cost around $2500 If you can afford a little more take a look at Super Max sanders in the lower price range take a look at Grizzly,or jet. It all has to with how wide of material your going to sand ,power and price rang. I agree with Loren on the Ridgid for the lowest price sander with it you get a oscillating sander with a belt attachment that you can edge sand small items but if you want a full size edge sander take a look at Grizzly,if you budget will allow a oscillating edge sander works best.
Here’s the edge sander I have I ,like the wraparound table.

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 05:18 PM

I think the aforementioned Ridgid would best suit your needs, that is if you can’t swing a big drum/thickness sander. A belt/disk combo is good too. Otherwise, if you don’t already use scrapers, I would pick one up on the way home from work.

-- jay,

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