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Offline David

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Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:18 PM »
I had one and sold it years ago. I'm in the market for one. What brand/model have you been happy with? Thanks!
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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 03:03 PM »
Bench top or stand alone..?

Offline neilc

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2018, 05:39 PM »
I have the Delta boss spindle sander.  It works well with interchangeable spindles.  It's a portable bench top unit with a large table which was a consideration for me when I purchased it.

It's been around for maybe 8+ years and is still working fine in a home workshop.  Comes with a bag but you can also connect the Festool vac hose to it with a little tape to hold it in place.

It does oscillate which preserves the paper spindles and reduces burning on the wood.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-Bench-Oscillating-Spindle-Sander-with-Kit-SA350K/205112290  Not sure if it's still available as HD says out of stock as does Amazon.

Jet, Rikon and others also manufacture units.  I have no experience with them, however.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 05:46 PM »
I also have had the Delta for a long time, dust collection with a vac is efficient and it works great.  If I had to buy new, I would be looking at the Jet because of the tilting table.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 07:31 PM »
Bench top or stand alone..?

Benchtop. Sorry--forgot that.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 08:20 PM »
Clayton. I bought one for a little over $100 from a loca industrial auction and it came with 5 or 6 different diameter spindles. From what I’ve read, Clayton makes some of the best spindle sanders out there and I do believe they are (or were) made in the USA. The one I got was a bench top model but with a custom made heavy duty metal stand which brings it up to working height.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 08:36 PM »
David,

I have had and enjoyed the Ridged Oscillating sander. Here is the link https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671

Jack

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 10:18 PM »
I wanted to use the Festool 36mm hose with the Rigid sander so I designed and 3D printed an adapter.  I shared the design for free here on Thingiverse.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2018, 10:22 PM »
David,

I have had and enjoyed the Ridged Oscillating sander. Here is the link https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671

Jack

I'm a fan of the Rigid sander as well.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2018, 11:16 PM »
Thanks much to all of you.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2018, 12:12 AM »
This question pops up pretty often and on many different forums.  The majority of posts are just about always for the Ridgid, unless you include way more expensive stand alone machines.

I have the Ridgid and its ok.  Not a precision machine and you have to fight to keep it adjusted to a vertical cut, but it does the job.

I connect it to the stock hose on my large shop vac and that works fine.  The dust collection is surprisingly good.  Not Festool level, but pretty good considering.

The Ridgid also comes with a belt sander attachment, which I have never used, but sorta glad its there just in case, and it doesn't add to the cost.

One caution, if you are doing a lot of sanding with the same sleeve, loosed and retighten the knob at the top of the spindle ever now and then.  I left one on for maybe a hundred hours of use and it self tightened so much it was the devil to get off. [scared] [embarassed]

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2018, 03:11 AM »
This is a category of niche tool of which a pro-sumer market may no longer be viable.  I would look for a used Clayton machine if a pedestal machine wasn't a viable option.   Powermatic had a mid-weight version a few years back that had a design flaw that turned them into paperweights with use.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2018, 08:25 AM »
This is a category of niche tool of which a pro-sumer market may no longer be viable.  I would look for a used Clayton machine if a pedestal machine wasn't a viable option.   Powermatic had a mid-weight version a few years back that had a design flaw that turned them into paperweights with use.

I've looked for one, indeed. Saw a few on eBay.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2018, 08:44 AM »
I have the Delta.  I would look at the jet for tilting if doing it over.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2018, 10:40 AM »
I have the Benchtop Jet unit.  It's reliable, quiet and not that heavy, so moving it from storage to Bench for usage isn't that much of a strain. Good Stroke length travel and DC collection works really well with my 1 1/2HP stationary Duct Collector through an adapter that takes the smaller Duct port of the Jet up to my 4" main line.  Jet had offered a larger than normal Spindle drum size, I think 3" diameter at one point as an option if you wanted to buy it, but I'm not sure it's in the range of their offered sizes anymore. Spindle storage is pretty standard with the extras tucked on the sheetmetal of the sander itself.
 Tilting table is also a nice feature if you need it.  The price of the sander seems to have held pretty well over the years too.  Last detail, I seem to remember that the length of the sanding drums was a bit taller/longer than what others were selling with their Bench Top machines. For nominal thin material like 3/4" or 4/4 thickness, this probably would not sway anyone in one direction or another, but if you DID get a taller project for some reason, it's nice to have that extra capacity I guess.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2018, 11:48 AM »
based on bad experience with other brands I bought a CLAYTON - perfect performance, vibration free. I've used on in a larger wood shop used by more than a dozen people. That unit is probably more than 10 years old and running fine as well.

Ryan's $ 100.00 used purchase would be a winning ticket

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2018, 03:34 PM »
For me, this was one of those tools I needed for my Adirondack chair projects but will see infrequent use. As much as I'm not a fan of Harbor Freight tools, their spindle sander fit the bill and has worked perfectly. Other manufacturers (Wen, Rockwell, Powertec, Shop Fox), all appear to make the identical sander. With their usual 20% discount it was budget priced and is there when I need it.

So there's an admission - I own a HF tool.  ;)


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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2018, 06:21 PM »
For me, this was one of those tools I needed for my Adirondack chair projects but will see infrequent use. As much as I'm not a fan of Harbor Freight tools, their spindle sander fit the bill and has worked perfectly. Other manufacturers (Wen, Rockwell, Powertec, Shop Fox), all appear to make the identical sander. With their usual 20% discount it was budget priced and is there when I need it.

So there's an admission - I own a HF tool.  ;)

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2018, 08:57 AM »
For me, this was one of those tools I needed for my Adirondack chair projects but will see infrequent use. As much as I'm not a fan of Harbor Freight tools, their spindle sander fit the bill and has worked perfectly. Other manufacturers (Wen, Rockwell, Powertec, Shop Fox), all appear to make the identical sander. With their usual 20% discount it was budget priced and is there when I need it.

So there's an admission - I own a HF tool.  ;)
   There's NO SHAME in owning HF tools, there's just that ever present strange Oil Smell from both them and the stores that you have to get used to...... [poke] [poke]
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2018, 11:51 AM »
I have the Porter Cable oss. Added a plate from Rockler a few years ago and can put it into my router table. If it is a bigger piece I can also take the tool to the piece and not wrestle the piece to the sander. My dad has the floor standing Jet sander and the tilting table is absolutely worth it. Just depends on how much shop space you want to dedicate to that tool.

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2018, 01:38 AM »
Just a note on the Ridgid -- I had a very baaaaad experience with the machine.  I went through three units over the space of about 48 hours.  I kept on having to swap them back at the store because of some weird motor issue that made the motor either completely non-functional or tempermental (found out later looking more extensively online that there was a spate of motor issues with some recent productions of the machine).  On the third try at last I got one that worked,  except that I found that the cheap plastic insert that sat well below the level of the table made the machine useless for doing any kind of small or precision work.

So I ended up getting the Jet benchtop model, and have basically been happy with it, except for the fact that some of the spindles included with the machine were warped.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2019, 11:08 PM »
Just bumping this thread with an update on by JBOS5.  Somewhat remarkably, the 3" spindle sold as an add-on does not come with its own throat plate (at least with the supplier I got it from), so I had to manufacture my own.

Quick work with the Shaper Origin -- took literally 30 seconds to sketch out the circles in Fusion 360 and export the file to my Shaper Hub.

From there created a plywood template:

300328-0

Which I then attached to some hardwood I had thicknessed to be level with the table at .165, and routed out the pattern:

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Created the little notch with a rat tail rasp:

300332-2

And in short order, we have a proper throat plate:

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Incidentally, the OEM metal throat plates actually sit slightly below the table surface -- I had to make them flush with tape attached to the underside.  So the wooden throat plate is in fact a better fit than the stock ones:

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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2019, 05:24 AM »
I have had the Jet benchtop spindle sander for over 10 years now, and it has performed very well. I read @leakyroof 's post and I echo all that he said. I did get the 3" drums about a year after I bought the tool. Found them on Amazon, no one had them in stock locally. They are taller than other machines so not interchangeable as leakyroof  stated, but I am OK with the extra work height.

Don't know what the quality level of the current crop of Jet tools is but mine has been fine and I don't regret the purchase.

I keep hoping that someone will come out with a horizontal oscillating edge sander that uses 6x48 belts. There is a gap in the edge sander selection that if someone would fill I bet would sell like hotcakes. The RIDGID and other mini edge sanders have virtually no usable surface unless you're building small projects, and the next step up is to a 6x89 size machine. I don't have the space in my shop to dedicate to a machine that big, but a machine that used a 6x48 belt would be the sweet spot for many shops I bet.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2019, 08:14 PM »
I ended up going with the Shopfox W1686 and do really like it. I’m not a fan of bench top tools personally and this particular model offered the best bang for the buck IMO.
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Re: Best Oscillating Spindle Sander?
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2019, 08:55 PM »
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David,

I have had and enjoyed the Ridged Oscillating sander. Here is the link https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671

Jack