RIGID Spindle Sander? Or HF? Or...?

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Forum topic by BigMig posted 03-18-2013 08:34 PM 4772 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2013 08:34 PM

I have been using a sanding drum set on my table top drill press for a couple of small projects. For a stopgap measure – it does ok. But since using that setup – I’ve realized how useful a true spindle sander might be.

So – HF sells one on sale for $89 – usu$129 and HD sells one for $199. Who has used on or the other or both – and what do you think? Also – does your sander take up space without being used very much? Is there a better method?


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 08:52 PM

I recently got the Ridgid. I used my DP as a stop gap, but it got frustrating quickly. I’d probably give a robber my wallet and car keys before I handed over that OSS. I use it more than I ever thought I would. Surprisingly, I use the edge/belt sander more than the spindles. I thought I had no use for one of those.

It’s one of those tools that really has no substitute or no equal (within a mile of it’s price range anyway)


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#2 posted 03-18-2013 09:03 PM

Agree with Joe 100%. Bang for the buck, you can’t go wrong with the Ridgid. I use mine all the time, and it’s held up very well with no problems.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 09:35 PM

I’ve had my Ridgid sander for 3 years and it’s still working great. Easy to get new sanding sleeves when I need them and the dust collection isn’t bad either

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 10:17 PM

If you are only looking for a spindle sander and not a edge/spinder sander I would look at Grizzley’s spindle sander. I have a Rockwell that looks like the same thing and by the pictures of HF it looks to be the same. If you have a HF near you (I don’t and don’t want the hassle of trying to return a defective one) you may want to give that a try. I didn’t need a combo unit as I had a stationary belt sander already. But after getting my spindle sander I don’t know how I lived without it before.

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 10:35 PM

You will use the belt sander more than you think. My belt is in place 95% of the time. Wait, that didn’t sound right…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 10:41 PM

Another vote for Ridgid. If you are close to a Tanger Outlet Mall you may be able to save some money. Direct Tools are now in most locations and are somehow tied to TTI – owners of Ryobi, Ridgid, Milwaukee and others. If they are having a sale I would guess that you can get the sander for around $125. I think they have a couple of locations in PA and with Easter around the corner maybe a sale going on.
Anyway it’s a great sander at any price. Good luck and let us know what you decide. I keep mine under my bench. It’s pretty compact.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 11:01 PM

+1 for everyone who commented on the Ridgid. It’s an awesome little sander. Quick change between spindle and belt sander. Quiet, relatively vibration free, tilting front table for bevels, and easy to find replacement sandpaper sleeves in multiple grits. I never used my drill press as a sander after buying the Ridgid

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 11:20 PM

another vote here on ridgid.bought it about 3 weeks ago and wondered what i ever did without it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 03-18-2013 11:21 PM

Ive heard great things about the ridgid although i have a ryobi that is great and is now made by grizzly.

My review:

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 11:26 PM

Ridgid got everything right with the EB4424. The mode change out from spindle to belt and to different spindle sizes is incredibly simple and fast. The dust collection is surprisingly good to boot. Never a moment of regret with this purchase.

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#11 posted 03-18-2013 11:33 PM

I have the ridged and if it croaks I’ll buy another one. 7 years and no problems.

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 12:03 AM

+ a bunch for the Ridgid.
More bang for the buck in my shop. Good belts (after market) and a belt “eraser” to keep ‘em clean make this sander a real value.


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#13 posted 03-19-2013 12:44 AM

I have the HF and wish I would have bought the ridgid.
The HF one isn’t bad. Actually I have no complaints, works well. The dust collection on it is great. Just wish I would have went for the extra functionality of the ridgid.

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#14 posted 03-19-2013 01:15 AM

I have the HF spindle sander. I bought it instead of the Ridgid belt/spindle sander because I already had a floor standing Craftsman 48” belt/9” disc sander. It’s a really handy tool, especially for sanding curved edges fresh from the band saw.

Anyway, I wouldn’t generally buy a Harbor Freight power tool but their spindle sander seems to be the same unit as Delta, Grizzly, Triton, Shop Fox, etc. I got it on sale for pretty cheap.

Check these links:

They all look like the same 3.5 amp spindle sander to me! Who really makes it? I have no idea. I got mine 2-3 years ago and so far it’s held up well for hobby use. If it quits I’d probably look for a higher quality unit as I really like having a spindle sander in the shop.


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#15 posted 03-19-2013 01:30 AM

i can’t wait to get this this…just seems like such a good deal…someday :-)

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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