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Thread: RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander alternatives?

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    RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander alternatives?

    I see where this sander has mixed reviews online and wonder if there is an alternative option out there for a bench top edge / spindle sander in a similar price range?

    Thx

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    The Rigid is a pretty good little machine for what it does. The table isn't real sturdy but for small pieces it's more than adequate. I have a big Oakley edge and State spindle sander but find I go to the Rigid more than I thought i would. I don't know you can expect much more from a benchtop unit you can actually lift. Dave

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    Agreed. I use my Ridgid way more than I thought I would. The vibration is a little disappointing but, for $200 and only 40lbs, it is a great little machine. I am glad I bought it as, I thought I really needed a spindle sander. Turns out I really needed an oscillating belt. Bought a large oscillating belt machine and the Ridgid is now used less but, it is still used. YMMV.

    P.s. I spent more on belts for the large edge sander than the whole Ridgid sander cost so, its really not a side-by-side comparison.
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    I have been real happy with my Rigid and as Glenn said I use it way more then I expected.
    Lori K

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    I almost only use the spindle sander mode; the platen for the edge-sander version isn't quite flat, learned it the hard way after ruining a piece I was sanding.
    checked a bunch of other ones and all have the same issue.
    Eventually I'll get a dedicated edge sander and hopefully a bigger spindle sander, but for now this is what I can get/fit in my space and will live with it.

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    It's great sander for its spindle and edge.

    But it has some limits.
    I do allot of bandsaw boxes. It barely can sand 2 1/2" thick material
    Its a great sander for smaller pieces.


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    I own the rigid and a 72x6" edge sander and use the little rigid more. The rigid lacks power for heavy sanding and I doubt the motor would last long if you tried but it is cheap, works well, and is surprisingly versatile.

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    Ditto to those above. This is the only powered tool I have ever - and likely will ever - buy at a BORG.

    I am more of a casual user than some replies, but for what I need, and for only 2 bills, I have been very pleased.

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    Another satisfied Ridgid sander owner here. As others have said, I end up using it a lot more than I thought I would. Really handy little unit, really quick and easy to set up or change from spindles to belt. I really like how it has built-in storage for all of the accessories. It has its limitations, but for $200 you can't really go very wrong here.

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    Well it certainly looks like it is worth taking a chance on one!

    Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kuzdrall View Post
    Well it certainly looks like it is worth taking a chance on one!

    Thx
    It is a good tool. But not built like grandpas tools. Fill out the warranty card and register it. Youll be glad u did

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    I'm on my second one, wore out the first one (gearbox gave out), but I certainly got my moneys worth out of it. There is nothing else to compare it to, considering the price point and versatility. I really like that it takes standard 4x24 belts which are readily available at most stores in a variety of grits. Wish someone would come out with a higher quality and better made competitor, but then again you would probably pay a lot more for it. but for $200 you cant go wrong, and it has been that same price since it came out something like 10 years ago!

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    I've got one. One of it's big points is that I can pick it up and move it to where I'm working (I used it when doing some repair work to my wooden boat). It's a lot nicer than flipping the belt sander upside down and using that (which is what I was doing).

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    My Ridgid has been a boon to my shop. Just wish I could find belts that didn't "bump" a lot. I'm usin' Woodstock belts. Is there a better source?
    Bill
    On the other hand, I still have five fingers.

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    It's been several years since I ordered any ,but had pretty good luck with Klingspor.Except once when they sent a 30 inch belt that was supposed to be closer to 30 feet for a stroke sander.Twice.

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