RIDGID Model # EB4424 vs. JET JBOS-5

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Forum topic by Craig Brown posted 05-20-2015 03:34 AM 1235 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craig Brown

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05-20-2015 03:34 AM

I am making several Adirondack chairs. I plan to make other outdoor furniture as well. It is all simple stuff but has a lot of curved parts that need sanding. I am down to these two spindle sanders. Both have great reviews. The Jet cost 2x the RIGID. If cost was removed from the equation, which would be better in the long term. I am new to woodworking and have bigger plans then my current skill set permits (but I do have dreams of making nice furniture in the future). If the RIGID does it all for ½ the price (which of course is rarely the case) I would not pass up a great deal.


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#1 posted 05-20-2015 03:46 AM

I have the Rigid but too little use to give you an honest opinion about it. The Rigid does get very good reviews online and here on LJs.

You might wait a couple weeks if you choose the Jet, typically there is a sale on Jet / Powermatic around Fathers Day.

Good luck with your sander!

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 06:38 AM

The Ridgid is more versatile, cheaper, and has a lifetime warranty.

It having a belt sander function is great.

-- Wood is awesome.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 12:06 PM

I have the Ridgid, has performed well, dust extraction not great but can’t compare to others. Bought for the exact same reason as you are looking.

Like many others have said, with the belt on, you can do contours on both ends and if needed attach a spindle. $199 with lifetime warranty is hard to beat

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

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 12:34 PM

Personally,I would go with the Jet. I have the General,made in Canada. Very noisy,the second time a bearing has gone out in it. When it fails compleatly,I’ll get the Jet

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#5 posted 05-20-2015 12:43 PM

A better way then sanding the curves on a spindle sander, make templates out of 1/4 or 3/8” hard board, get a pattern bit for your router if you have one, rough cut the finish dimensions, and route them smooth with the template, faster and more consistent sizes.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 01:08 PM

The JET sander doesn’t come with the larger diameter sanding sleeve that even the Harbor Freight does. BUT – if you want a workhorse the JET has metal gears in an oil bath, all metal case construction, is extremely quiet….And from what I’ve read the RIGID lifetime warranty is a bit sketchy so I would put that out of the consideration.

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 03:14 PM

A better way then sanding the curves on a spindle sander, make templates out of 1/4 or 3/8” hard board, get a pattern bit for your router if you have one, rough cut the finish dimensions, and route them smooth with the template, faster and more consistent sizes.

- conifur

While excellent advice one still needs to make the pattern which often lends itself to an OSS.

The Ridgid is more versatile since it includes a small edge sander as well but the Jet is a significantly more beefy tool. As mentioned it has the traditional oil bath enclosed gears. For the next week or so Rockler has it on sale for $389 which is as cheap as you will see it. The Ridgid is a very nice tool for a light OSS but the Jet is about half way from the plethora of plastic and aluminum OSS to the 1hp and up free standing OSS.

If you are doing mainly pattern work and get the cuts close with a bandsaw (or jig saw) a light duty OSS is probably all you need. While I mainly use an OSS for pattern work and finish sanding I appreciate the heavier duty Jet. While both max out at 2” spindles it probably won’t effect you much and I personally use the end of my full sized edge sander for larger curves. Another thing I really like about the Jet over the Ridgid is the two smaller spindles which I use quite regularly. Be aware the Ridgid carries a Lifetime Service Agreement which is different from a warranty so you should research that if it is an important factor in your decision and pay close attention to the issues many people have had getting them properly registered, it should be simple but Ridgid seems to have a large black whole that a portion of their incoming mail goes into. In the end you have picked the cream of the crop in the light and medium duty OSS, I think you simply need to decide if you need/want a light duty or medium duty OSS and/or if the small edge sander included with the Ridgid is of any value to you. In all honesty the Ridgid is all the OSS most hobby users will ever need but these two tools are in different classes you just have to decide if you want to enroll in OSS 101 or OSS 201, then again you could just find a Oliver 381-D and get a PhD in OSS.

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