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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 02-12-2015 03:19 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gixxerjoe04

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02-12-2015 03:19 AM

So I’m in the market for a spindle sander but not sure what to get. Not looking an expensive one, there are never any on craigslist around me so it’ll have to be new. Looking at the harbor freight one, woodriver, or the ridgid. The HF and woodriver look the same and right now they’re the same price except I have a 20% off coupon for the HF. The ridigid would be about $100 more but has the longer belt attachment which could come in handy. Anyone have any of these models or advice on which to get?


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#1 posted 02-12-2015 03:27 AM

I have the rigid, but I’ve never tried the other two, so i can’t give you a comparison. The rigid is awesome. It’s rock solid and the top is accurate.

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 03:36 AM

I have the ridgid. When I was in the same boat, nothing on CL, I decided to buy new. The ridgid was considerably more, but it had more. Tiltable table, belt sander. It was also recommended to me by numerous LJs.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 03:42 AM

I’ve got the Ridgid OSS/Belt sander….
Well worth the little extra cash.
You won’t regret getting the Ridgid!!!

-- 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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#4 posted 02-12-2015 03:43 AM

Randy was one of them.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 03:48 AM

I can only add that I also have the Ridgid and love it.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 04:16 AM

I do have a $50 giftcard to home depot which will help, didn’t know the table was able to tilt. I went with my buddy to pick up basically a brand new jet table saw last week. The guy had the ridgid and said he loved it, was selling a bunch of his stuff due to health but that wasn’t one of them or I would have bought it.

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 04:36 AM

A month after I Bought mine I saw it on sale at an outlet mall. Don’t remember what price it was, but it was a good deal.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 02-12-2015 04:47 AM

The HF and the Woodriver are the exact same thing. I have the HF version. It’s way underpowered, but does work. The Rigid is more versatile. I wish I would have bought the Rigid one.

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 04:53 AM

Another vote for the Ridgid. I love mine and I think it’s the most versatile inexpensive sander available. It will do both spindle and belt and they both oscillate, which is a big plus. I doubt it would hold up that long in a shop but for an home sander it’s unbeatable.

-- Earl

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 05:12 AM

I have the Ridgid also. Good spindle sander. And, as you said, the belt does come in handy sometimes. And don’t forget that Ridgid lifetime service. Pretty good deal, IMO.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 02:12 PM

I got the Wen from Sears on sale for approx $117. It is the same machine as woodriver, the rockler brand, and many others. If you search for spindle sander on amazon, you will see a bunch of different brands that are all the same machine.

I like mine. I have used it a few times so far. I could not justify a more expensive machine for what I do.

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 02:37 PM

I think the Ridgid is worth the extra $100. Not only does if offer both a belt and a spindle sander that can be changed out very easily, but the table folds down to varying angles. See if you can find a coupon, or ask for a 10% discount.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 02:40 PM

I have the Rigid, it’s a great addition to the shop, I use the belt about 10 times more often than the spindle. It has a nice dust collection system and the adjustable table is very helpful as well. I would highly reccomend it.

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PaulHWood

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 02:40 PM

Have the ridged, and endorse it.

Have seen them on craigslist for $100 or so, bought mine new, but bought one on craigslist (pretty new) for $100 for a friend

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#15 posted 02-12-2015 03:25 PM

I also have the rigid it is well worth the extra money, when I bought my I used my military card and received a 10 percent discount, good luck going forward

-- Life Begins @ 190 MPH

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