What did you buy to replace your Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander?

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Forum topic by Rob posted 03-18-2015 04:28 AM 1456 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2015 04:28 AM

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I’m looking to buy an oscillating spindle sander, and it seems the Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander is a no-brainer unless I happen to find something used in roughly the same price range. There are a lot of fans of the Ridgid, with a few people complaining about difficulty getting the belt to track properly. I’m curious—for those of you who have replaced your Ridgid oscillating sander

  1. Why did you replace it?
  2. What type of spindle sander do you have now?
  3. If you replaced it with a different sander, was the switch worth it? In other words, would you be almost just as happy if you hadn’t upgraded (or downgraded, as the case may be)?

And for those who have multiple spindle sanders, have you found much value in owning two? There are good reasons to own two bandsaws, two sets of chisels, etc., but it seems like it’s easy enough and quick enough to change spindles that there wouldn’t be much value in having two spindle sanders.

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 11:38 AM

Sorry not to answer your question directly but I have had mine for several years and no problems. This is the same as reported by many others.

It is great for so many people. If I was going to be a h real heavy hard user, I would likely get a Jet or similar heavy cast iron one.

I do not think you can beat it for the price

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 11:49 AM

I am on my second Rigid Oscillating belt/spindle sander. The first one lasted over a decade of tough use.

I do, however, have two other spindle sanders, both the old style Harbor Freight, with the egg shaped tables. The new one with the round table get constant complaints on being low powered. I do believe Triton, Performax, and Shop Fox still carry the old egg shaped unit, but I don’t know if the motor is the same as the old HF or not.

I keep my Rigid in sand belt mode pretty much 100% of the time. I keep one HF spindle sander with a spindle for sanding and change out the rollers as needed, and the other one has 1/2 of a standard long haired paint roller on it which fits perfectly on one of the rubber rollers. I use it for buffing plastic and wood items. Works great.

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#3 posted 03-18-2015 11:54 AM

I also can not answer your question directly, since I also have the Rigid machine. Mine has to be 12 or 13 years old now. I do have a lot of duplicate or triplicate tools to help speed up some builds. However, I have not found the need for another fixed base sander. I almost never use the spindle, just the belt. Changing grits on the belt takes 30 seconds. The tracking always needs to be adjusted when I change belts. That time is included in the 30 seconds. The spindles are a little harder. i seem to have spindles that are a little large or paper that is a little small and the two get stuck a lot. it can take 2 or 3 minutes to get the paper off sometimes. Need to build a jig.

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#4 posted 03-18-2015 01:27 PM

i havent had any issues with my ridgid sander. i do also have a ryobi belt/disk sander but i dont use it as much

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 09:07 PM

Thanks for the responses, everyone. I already figured it was a no-brainer but I guess this confirms it if most people haven’t found any reason to replace it with a different spindle or belt sander.

Has anyone else had the trouble that Chris mentioned with the paper being too tight on the spindles?

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 10:08 PM

I have had the same problem as Chris mentions with the spindle paper being too small or the spindle being a little too large. I have one that I can’t get the paper off to save my life! I also need to make a jig or just cut the paper off and get some new paper. As for the sander itself, I have 2 of them. One that I have been using for about 6 years and another brand new one in the box that will be it’s replacement when the first one dies but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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#7 posted 03-19-2015 12:30 AM

Rob, A little baby powder or paste wax on those rubber spindles makes sleeve changes easier.

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#8 posted 03-19-2015 01:05 PM

I’ll remember Andy’s comment on sleeve changes… I did have an issue with one batch of sleeves that were difficult to remove. Put the rubber spindle w/sleeve in freezer for a few minutes & the rubber contracted enough to get the sleeve of easily.

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#9 posted 03-19-2015 03:32 PM

CPO has reconditioned Rigid oscillating sanders.

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#10 posted 03-19-2015 04:12 PM

CPO has reconditioned Rigid oscillating sanders.

- MrRon

Thanks for the tip! Wish I would have thought to check for refurb deals; I just ordered yesterday.

Edit: just checked CPO Outlets thinking I might still be able to cancel the Home Depot order, but it seems CPO may be out of stock or stopped selling the Ridgid spindle/belt sander because I don’t even see it listed.

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#11 posted 03-19-2015 05:21 PM

I have an old Craftsman handheld belt sander that is very sensitive to tracking, but I’ve never had any issues with the Ridgid OSS having tracking problems with the belt. Same is true with my handheld Ridgid belt sander. Ridgid seems to have gotten it right with both of these products. I especially like the variable speed and soft start of the handheld sander.

I do not have any battery-powered Ridgid tools, but have had zero problems with Ridgid power tools and pneumatic tool.

-- Lee

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