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oscillating spindle sander or combination disc/belt?

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Just a quick poll here.

 

I've been saving up my pennies and I'm in the market to get a sanding machine.  For those of you that have/had both a oscillating spindle sander and a combination disc/belt, which do you find yourself using most?   In other words, if you were me, which would you buy? 

 

Thanks for the feed back!

 

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I have the ridgid OSS. it's nice cuz it has the spindle and a belt sander belt. It doesn't have a disc, but I've found it really useful regardless. I use it for sanding curves all the time.

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I have a spindle sander and really wish I would have bought the Ridgid combo spindle/belt sander. 

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I use the OSS about 4:1 over disk or non-oscillating belt sander, but i like designs w/ curves... 

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I bought the Ridgid belt spindle combo I love it, and use it all the time probly the ossilsting belt sander the most, the dust collection works well also I just hook it up to my shop vac.

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I have a Jet OSS and a PM belt/disc combo machine, while I do use both regularly, I find myself using the OSS more. I agree with Particle Board though, if I was starting over buying equipment I would buy an oscillating edge sander first.

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Thanks for all the replies... After some of the suggestions, I did a bit of research on the Ridgid. Is this the one you guys are talking about?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/100061671#.UTkW9pFx3Gg

The Toolselect video didn't give it great marks, but I'm just a weekend/hobbyist kind of wood worker.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tsMSQgSNM8

(actually, the guy in the video sorta comes of as a jerk to me)

I think I'm just going to buy one, and give it a shot.

Thanks again to all!

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I would think about an oscillating wide edge sander with a radius end table just to kill two birds with one stone.

 

I doubt that I can afford one of these, but just out of curiousity, which one do you own and/or recommend?

 

TIA!

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oscillating edge sander, i have this, a belt/disc and spindle and the oscillating edge sander is the most versatile

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I have the Ridgid and a Ryobi spindle sander, the Ryobi rarely gets used these days. I am looking at getting an osselating edge sander soon. Jet and Grizzley make them.

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seems that a lot of us have the ridgid unit.  i don't want to hijack the thread, but the following question may be useful to the OP.  where do you guys get your replacement abrasives for the ridgid unit?  im talking more about the sleeves than the belt sander belts

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I think it really comes down to the work you do doesn't it? If most of your projects have straight lines an oss wouldn't do you much good, but if you like to work with curves, then an oss is the way to go. In my opinion that's what it comes down to, what would be most useful in the work you do.

 

Best place for sandpaper>

 

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seems that a lot of us have the ridgid unit.  i don't want to hijack the thread, but the following question may be useful to the OP.  where do you guys get your replacement abrasives for the ridgid unit?  im talking more about the sleeves than the belt sander belts

Go to the abrasive section of harbor frieght they sell the sleeves in different grits and they are cheap also they seem to me to last better than the set that came with the sander.

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I have te Rigid OSS/Belt sander and a disc/belt sander, I use the disc/ belt sander the most. Mainly because I don't do a lot of curves , which is where the OSS excels.

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You really don't need a disc.  A belt will do anything a disc will plus it will do gentle curves so the longer the belt (edge sander) the more you can do.  That being said I use the OSS more than the edge sander.  It depends on what you're building.

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I have the oscillating spindle sander and a combo disk/belt sander. I very rarely use the disk/belt sander but use the OSS frequently as I put a lot of curves into my work.

The other reason the disk/belt sander isn't used so often is because it is a benchtop model and spends most of its time on the shelf. It is a heavy lump of cast iron and is a pain to get out for small jobs. The OSS is permanently setup and is a floor mounted model.

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It is a very old post. But I want to share the best belt/disc sander combo in 2018. My point of view Wen is the best combo sander. price is reasonable and easy to assemble/use. 

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