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thinking about buying a RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander Model # EB4424, Pros/Cons?

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Forum topic by djc4990 posted 01-16-2014 08:46 PM 1791 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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djc4990

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01-16-2014 08:46 PM

im considering buying one of these as my newest addition to the shop…anyone have any insight good or bad?

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.


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#1 posted 01-16-2014 08:51 PM

It’s a great tool. I love mine. I use the spindle part more than the belt but when you need that belt it’s nice to have the option.

Always use a shop vac or dust collector plugged into it though. I have a dust collector but I just plug it into the shop vac when I use it since the port is so small if I used the dust collector I would need to setup a secondary air feed on the table top which I will get around to doing someday. It will clog with dust very quickly if you don’t but I think that’s something all spindle sanders need.

There was a review a week or so ago on this site on it with lots of positive replies.

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 08:52 PM

Love mine. Well, maybe love is too strong. Like it alot…

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 08:54 PM

I use the spindle part more than the belt but when you need that belt it’s nice to have the option

I saw this tool when I was researching spindle sanders. Are you saying you can take the belt off and just have a single 1/2” diameter spindle instead?

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 08:58 PM

JustJoe,

Yes there is a insert that lets you take the belt off and use it as you would any spindle sander. There is a locking nut on the spindle for oscillation or not. The things comes with a number of collars and spindle sizes.

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 09:02 PM

Love mine. I looked at some of the other bench-top sanding machines and found nothing comparable to the Rigid in that price range. It was a no-brainer. +1 to Richard’s comment about connecting it to the shop vac. I even built it a nice new home with storage for other sanding supplies.

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 09:35 PM

Great tool for a hobby shop.

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 10:26 PM

I found mine on Craigslist for $125.00. Looks brand new. The guy selling it was into lathe turning and said he just didn’t use it. I use it ALL the time. Flipping back and forth between the belts and the spindles is a snap.
I’m willing to go where DKV won’t. I love mine…....................

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 10:37 PM

Have had mine for a few years now and use it a lot. Sanding has become more enjoyable and the flexibility of this tool makes it really worthwhile. I use the drums more than the belt but both DO get used.

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 11:00 PM

A very versatile machine.
Would NOT be with out it!!!
There are a few dust modifications posted here on LJs.

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 11:02 PM

I absolutely love mine and can wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • Pros – very good price for what it is, works very well, dust collection is quite good
  • Cons – table is pretty cheap, no t-slot miter gauge

The cons are minor things though. Really think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like theirs. Really is a fantastic tool, I’m sure you’ll be happy.

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 11:06 PM

I use the belt attachment almost exclusively. The combination of an oscillating belt sander with a tilting table is fantastic. Not only will it fair curves, but I have found it invaluable for chamfering the ends of through tenons. All you need to add is a miter gauge.

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 11:17 PM

thanks for the input guys i think that sealed the deal…that and having a $100 HD giftcard…

-- I don't always have soft hands....but when I do its because I just left the woodshop.

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 11:25 PM

djc4990, good thing for you that you didn’t title your thread “need 4424” or “4990 needs 4424 comments”.

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