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post #1 of 7 Old 10-01-2017, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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Room for one sander...

I have room for one good sized sander and curious what you guys think I should get... Currently I have a handheld belt sander and a random orbital disc sander. I'm suck between either a stationary belt and disc sander (2 options, a wide 4" belt or skinny 1" belt) all in one style, or a oscillating spindle sander. As I said, this will be my only stationary sander so needs to be the most useful for most things.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-01-2017, 07:01 AM
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A friend borrows my sander ever couple of years or so. Otherwise it would sit unused.

A sander is not something that you are going to use very much. Occasionally you have a project where one would come in handy .

Because of this, I bought a sander that does not sit out all of the time. I got one of the smaller ones that can sit out of the way on a shelf when not needed.

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I have the Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander. I is one of my most used tools. Hardly ever use my grinder any longer. Its a bench model and doesn't take a lot of space. Had it now for 5+ years and no issues.
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I had a stationary sander once and never used it. After a couple times the sander grabbing the wood and pulling it out of my hands I got to where I found different ways to get the job done. I do have a spindle sander and make use of it. I just bought a chean one and it doesn't oscillate enough. I need to replace it with a more professional model.
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I also have a Ridgid oscillating spindle/belt sander. I use it a lot for shaping. For example after I rough cut a curve in a board I use it to shape to my line. I also like the fact that belt sander oscillates.

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Guess it depends on what you plan on building. I have a 12 inch disc, 6x48 belt, 6x80 edge, stroke sander, oscillating spindle, flap, and inflatable drum sander My next one will be a 37 inch Timesaver

I hate to sand so I try to do as little as possible, and if a machine will do it, I will use them

Each one has a special niche for sanding but if I get the Timesaver, the stroke sander will set idle, but building cabinet doors, a stroke sander is a life saver
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. . . grabbing the wood . . .

yup. I have the Rigid oscillator - luv' it to death but I did build a sled after it launched a smallish piece into orbit. come to think about it, never did find that piece....
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