Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18

Thread: Jet bench-top spindle sander

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    300

    Exclamation Jet bench-top spindle sander

    There is a Jet bench-top oscillating spindle sander JBOS-5 on sale at our local tool dealer. The original price was $420 it is now down to $360. Is this a good deal? Are there any big negatives to this machine? Does any body have one? The Rigid has an all plastic body which I don't like, the Craftsman has a sloppy fitting bearings, and the Delta I was told to stay away from because the company was bought out recently. The Jet sale ends Monday so I need advise fast. I would have already got it but $360 is a lot for a spindle sander. Is it worth it?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Upland, CA
    Posts
    1,343
    My personal opinion.

    I have the Rigid and it is adequate for my home needs. I know someone that has the Jet in a business and he likes it. If it is going to get heavy use, it is worth $360 easy.

    As far as I'm concerned Delta getting bought out is GOOD news. Getting it away from Stanley Black & Decker is likely a big improvement. Just look what they have done to Porter Cable.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Southern Md
    Posts
    1,139
    Bryan I have looked this tool over top and bottom. When time comes this is the one I'll get unless I decide to go for the floor model.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    300
    The main reason why I wand the Jet is the enclosed motor which what I was told will last longer. I also like the taller spindles because I do a lot of band saw boxes. Delta being bought out is a good thing but it will take time to get their parts and services straighten out and besides the current spindle sander is being discontinued I heard. I want quality that is why I am looking at the Jet. (I had bad experiences with poor quality tools)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Upland, CA
    Posts
    1,343
    Jet/Powermatic is a mixed bag on design & quality. I returned a PM2800 drill press for a Delta. BUT, I have two Jet grinders and they are great - also have an old Dayton & a complete piece of garbage from Grizzly. The Jet bench top spindle seems to be great. I created a prototype piece in my garage with my Ridgid & then made a bunch of duplicates in my friends production shop using the Jet spindle sander & it worked very well. It is used several hours a day in his shop & worked perfectly for a couple years.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    In the foothills of the Sandia Mountains
    Posts
    15,200
    From what I have read the Jet is a great benchtop spindle sander. If & when my Delta Boss dies that is going to be the replacement.
    Please help support the Creek.

    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
    - Steven Wright

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    220
    I bought the similar size/construction General International model for just under $400. No regrets here. I actually had the Rigid before and for me the problem wasn't the plastic, but the table. Having the whole table tilt around the spindle as opposed to just one wing (that's still not tight to the spindle) is much more useful to me. I'd buy the Jet for that price if I didn't already have the GI.

  8. #8
    I orginally picked up a Craftsman. Plastic. Did a fair job, but only 1/3 HP. A year ago I obtained the Jet JBOS-5. Excellent little machine. I would only get rid of it if I could find a floor unit [1 hp] with which to replace the 1/2 hp JBOS-5. The Craftsman is noticabbly slower than the Jet. I still have it but never use it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Palm Springs, CA
    Posts
    976
    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Cramer View Post
    There is a Jet bench-top oscillating spindle sander JBOS-5 on sale at our local tool dealer. The original price was $420 it is now down to $360. Is this a good deal? Are there any big negatives to this machine? Does any body have one? The Rigid has an all plastic body which I don't like, the Craftsman has a sloppy fitting bearings, and the Delta I was told to stay away from because the company was bought out recently. The Jet sale ends Monday so I need advise fast. I would have already got it but $360 is a lot for a spindle sander. Is it worth it?

    Thanks in advance.
    I've had this sander for 5 yrs + and it gets lots of use. No problems, plenty of power, reasonably good dust collection when hooked to shop vac. I've used Klingspor sanding sleeves and they're excellent. No regrets what so ever.
    Dick Mahany.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    NE Connecticut
    Posts
    549
    I have the JBOS-5, bought used off of CL for $200. It is a solid, hardworking machine. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. I'll also second what others are saying: I'd only give it up for a floor model. In fact, the guy that sold it to me was only getting rid of it because he needed the bigger capacity of a floor model.


  11. #11
    I have this Jet OSS. Although a floor model would have been nice , this bench top suits me just fine. Decent dust collection port, works well off my single stage DC. Motor power is good, and the drive is quiet. The tilting top is a real bonus over a fixed table machine if you're dealing with angles when sanding.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Auburn, WA
    Posts
    134
    I also have this Jet OSS. I haven't used it extensively, but it is a very quiet, solid tool. I would definitely recommend it. I also bought the 3" spindle and insert plate. I have had it for some time so I don't recall what I paid for it.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Northern New Jersey
    Posts
    1,958
    Another happy owner of the Jet OSS. This machine has the following benefits over other benchtop sanders: tilting top, 3" spindle option and all metal construction. The downside is that it's more pricey, a bit heavy to be considered portable by me, and a bit tall when placed on a typical benchtop.

    If I did it again, I'd buy another one. Here's a drawing of the stand that I built for it...

    Jeff

    Slide1-6.jpg

    Slide2-6.jpg
    Last edited by Jeffrey Makiel; 03-21-2011 at 8:00 AM.
    Thank goodness for SMC and wood dough.

  14. #14
    Jeff, thanks for the great stand suggestion with drawing! Looks nice! I may very well model mine after yours.

    Steve

  15. #15
    I have had one since 2007. My only complaint is, it is hard to get new sanding drums onto the rubber spindles. I guess I could try sand them down a little. Get one, its a good machine

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •