Ridgid Oscillating Edge/Spindle Sander or Separate Spindle Sander and Belt Sander?

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Forum topic by Luke2220 posted 08-25-2014 02:15 AM 2412 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2014 02:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid edge sander belt sander oscillating sander sander

This title is a little long but so has been my research. I’m very cautious about the money I spend on new tools and try to make the very best purchase. Everybody raves about the Ridgid Edge/Spindle Sander and I’m almost sold on it. However, I have a few questions before I pull the trigger. For those of you who have experience with the Ridgid and other brands, would it be better to buy a regular dedicated oscillating spindle sander, much like the ones just about everybody makes (Craftsman, Rockwell, Ryobi, Triton, HF, etc.) for around $150, and then purchase a dedicated belt sander later on down the road, or just go ahead and get the Ridgid? How useful is the oscillating belt sanding part versus a non-oscillating belt sander? An old woodworking friend of mine has warned me to stay away from “combination tools” because they are not very good at any single task but maybe just okay at several tasks.

One of the complaints that I’ve read about the Ridgid Edge/Spindle sander is not being able to turn off the oscillation especially when using the belt attachment. Has this aggravated anyone to the point where they wished they had two different machines instead of one?

I’m not concerned about space, just the best way to go for purchasing a sander. I’ve got $200 to spend and want to spend it wisely! Thanks for the suggestions.

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#1 posted 08-25-2014 03:24 AM

I can’t see why anyone would want to turn off the oscillation feature.
The more expensive edge belt sanders have oscillation and the cheap ones don’t.

The oscillation helps get the most life out of the sanding media, reduces the chance of streaks and helps avoid burning of the wood being sanded.

I wish I could afford a nice OSS and an edge belt sander, and while I’m dreaming I’d go for a stroke sander too.
But the reality is I have a cheap little Ryobi belt/disk sander and a set of sanding drums for my drill press.
I would love to be able to upgrade to a Ridgid Oscillating Edge/Spindle sander until I can get the big machines.

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 03:38 AM

I’ve had the Ryobi combo Belt/Disk sander for some time and like it….
Since getting the Ridgid OSS…. I rarely use it!!!!
However, I won’t be getting rid of the belt/disk sander….
As it has it’s place in the shop.

I would get the Ridgid OSS before the combo Belt/Disk sander.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 08-25-2014 07:04 AM

Really like mine….

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 01:22 AM

Y’all have answered my questions and I thank you very much. I believe that this coming weekend I will be the proud owner of a Ridgid OSS.

Crank49, I’ve been laughing all day at the stroke sander comment.

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 01:34 AM

I have a ridgid spindle/belt combo and it’s awesome! I abuse it, too much infact. But it hasn’t stopped yet!

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 01:43 AM

I like mine and it works well, I rarely take off the belt. I only wish they would make a cast iron version.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 01:27 PM

My only complaints would be poor dust collection and a somewhat small table, but other then that I find it to be a very useful.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 01:47 PM

+1 with Bondo. I have had mine about 3 years and love it.

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 01:49 PM

I have the Rigid and without a doubt it is the most used tool in my shop.
In several years that I have it , I used the spindles once, I mostly use the belt .

-- Bert

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 02:19 PM

Buy the Ridgid. You won’t be sorry.


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#11 posted 08-26-2014 02:23 PM

Another vote for the Ridgid, it’s very easy to swap between belt and spindle mode and the oscillating feature is great. The dust collection could be a lot better but I would still highly recommend it.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 08-26-2014 02:38 PM

+1 on the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander. I find that I am able to do most of my shaping operations on just the Ridgid and will happy switch to belt. Can you get away with just the Ridgid, sure…however, there is something to be said about the convenience factor in having 2 dedicated machines but it will cost more.

Final note, one thing I also like about the Ridgid sander is that the table does seem larger than most other benchtop oscillating spindle sanders.

-- paxorion

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#13 posted 08-26-2014 02:39 PM

Another vote for the Ridgid, it s very easy to swap between belt and spindle mode and the oscillating feature is great. The dust collection could be a lot better but I would still highly recommend it.

- retfr8flyr

I can do it in in easily seconds…

-- paxorion

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#14 posted 08-26-2014 05:59 PM

In my view, the Ridgid is a simple no-brainer “YES!!” Concerns about it being a compromise tool are not well founded, because it is really a single tool—an oscillating sander—that can be rigged to either sand curved surfaces or flat surfaces/edges. I hear the comments about the need for an iron table, but one of the things I appreciate about the Ridgid is that it is a large enough tool to accommodate larger work pieces yet is light enough to be able to be stowed away easily enough that I will do so in order to maximize my workspace; that mobility also frees me to move the tool close to where the materials are.

For real value and utility, a large disc sander is a different and useful tool to add to your sanding arsenal. My disc sander is a 10” CMT reference plate installed on my RAS (or TS if that’s what one has). Dust collection is easily enough accomplished with the various dust collector fittings out there or via an easily fabbed plywood shroud.


-- Cut twice, measure once ... DOH!

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#15 posted 08-26-2014 06:09 PM

Glad to hear all the positive feedback on the Rigid OSS. After I bought one of course. I have a friend with one, and he’s been using the heck out of it for years and years. That’s what convinced me to go ahead with the purchase.

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