Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Powell River British Columbia, Canada
So far I have had no problems. I have been using it for about a year and a half. I mostly use the belt sander, but having the spindles for curved work is a big plus. With regard to dust collection I found placing a nozzle directly beside the out feed side of the belt was more effective than hooking the 2-1/2 inch hose from my shop vac directly to the dust port on the sander.
For the few dollars difference I would definitely recommend this sander instead of a spindle sander.
Just as a side note, about six months ago Canadian Tire was selling their Mastercraft spindle sander for $99, so I picked one up. I believe Ryobi builds theirs for them. It is also a nice little machine, but I use the Rigid much more frequently.