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Hey howya goin all, I've been debating whether to get an Oscillating Spindle Sander or not, I'm looking at two types the Triton Oscillating Spindle Sander 450W <--- Click Here or the Jet Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander <---Click Here, the Jet one does cost more but it has a tilting table, I do have a sanding drums for my drill press but the chuck is not to straight so it does wobble alittle I will be replaceing the drill press sometime in the future, what do you think about Oscillating Spindle Sander?   :bird-vi:

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I think this sort of tool is the most efficient for shaping frames.

 

A tilting table is not helpful for sanding frames. The bevel is in constant change in angle.

I have to do it in the air.  A tilting table is a source for mis-adjustment.  The table is OK for

support for extreme outer shape and inside most mould line. 

The main use that I can see for the tilting table would be for cutting a bevel on a waterway.

There are ways to do that.

 

I wish to use stock sheet sandpaper instead of the pre-formed tubes - cost and to deal with 

my aversion to being beholden to a single source for disposable media.

 

The spindle ossilating motion is not one I wish to use.

 

I made my own, using a 1/3 HP reversible motor. The CW-CCW rotation option is helpful in sanding 

the top of frames.  The open ends respond better to pull than push. The sleeveless drums I use all mount

on the bare 1/2" motor shaft and I can mount cutting burrs and rotary shapers.

They are of some help, but 60 -80 grit sandpaper does bulk removal at least as well.

 

A drill press - the motor is in the way.  If it could be rotated 180 degrees - it could do -

if you can get 1700 RPM out of it.

 

 

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Both the Jet and Triton are very good machines, I'm sure.  I have a Rigid EB4424 Oscillating/Belt sander ($200US) which I've been very happy with its features.  It's a bit bigger than the others, but here in the USA, Rigid offers lifetime warranties on parts, service, (and batteries if so equipped).    It is available in Australia.  By the way, it's a good idea to buy the rubber stick to clean the sleeves and belts.

 
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There is a feature of the Rigid machine that I forgot to mention - the table.  It is large and has a standard 3/8" x 3/4" slot for a miter gauge or for custom fixtures. I have also drilled a few holes here and there for securing fixtures to the table and sheet metal deflectors for more efficient dust extraction.  (Oh, and to make sharp edges of shopbuilt sheet metal fixtures safe, run a bead of hotmelt glue along the edge.)    

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On 5/8/2017 at 10:41 PM, Eddie said:

Hey howya goin all, I've been debating whether to get an Oscillating Spindle Sander or not, I'm looking at two types the Triton Oscillating Spindle Sander 450W <--- Click Here or the Jet Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander <---Click Here, the Jet one does cost more but it has a tilting table, I do have a sanding drums for my drill press but the chuck is not to straight so it does wobble alittle I will be replaceing the drill press sometime in the future, what do you think about Oscillating Spindle Sander?   :bird-vi:

I have owned the Jet version for years.  It dramatically widened the scope of woodworking projects I've taken on.  Without it, I doubt I would have tackled making necks for the guitars I've made. 

 

Fine Woodworking has done tool tests on spindle sanders twice that I can remember.  Both times they gave the award to Ridgid. While I am pretty happy with the Jet, there are times I wish it had the capabilities of the Ridgid. 

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