Any recommendations on an oscillating spindle sander in the under $200 category?
I searched before I posted and didn't see a thread on this... did I miss it somewhere? Thank you all for any input on what to buy - or more importantly, what NOT to buy. I'm planning on using it mostly for shaping handles.LOL! Ken & I have been talking about this for a few weeks. I brought it up to him & he pulled the trigger.
I hope he chimes in because we had some ideas on it.
I used the spindle sander tons when I made longbows but as you said before when the sleeves hit steel its all over quickly. The other reason I sold it was, at the time, I wanted to only need to order 2x72 belts instead of 4 different sizes plus sanding sleeves. If you use it on wood Or similar materials it is hard to beat.Interesting you started the thread Tim - I'd been thinking about starting a thread asking why more folks don't use a spindle sander vs a small wheel attachment. After One Armed mentioned the idea of getting one, I ordered this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KKXNWWX and it seems to be working pretty good. One thing I'm finding out, the spindle sanding sleeves sure do wear out pretty fast, even the Zirc type I ordered from SuperGrit. The problem (as I see it) you're using only a very small piece of sandpaper, say 5/8" vertical, and a small diameter around. With a 1" diameter sleeve I'll sand some, then cut the worn bottom section off, slide same sleeve back on and sand some more. The larger sleeves (2" & 3") it works good. On the small sleeves (1/2", 3/4", & 1") is where the wear is fastest. It would be good if they had a 1" vertical stroke.
For cleaning up finger groove, or similar things it works really good. For grinding the finger groove from a straight bar it takes a bit longer than with small wheel attachment I normally use.
I'm thinking it's going to work pretty good on forming "coke bottle" type handle...... I think anyway. I've only started using it so am still learning more about it.
One thing I did do is replace those plastic inserts for the small diameter sleeves. They are so flexible the plastic would flex while using with small pieces like a backspring. I made a 1/2", 3/4", & 1" insert from 1/8" aluminum plate and it works really good. The large sleeves work "ok" with the plastic inserts because there isn't so much plastic to flex. As I use it more I might make more aluminum inserts, just have to see if the large sleeve inserts keep working or not.
Chris, you mentioned using a spindle sander until you got the small wheel attachment - what is your thinking now you have used both? Obviously you prefer the small wheel attachment since you traded off the spindle sander.
Shop Fox has a two year warranty, while most Grizzly products have a one year warranty. Other than that they're virtually identical. While you can buy Shop Fox on the Grizzly website, ShopFox also has a network of distributors. Grizzly green does not and is only available to purchase online.Yeah and I think the Shop Fox on the Grizzly site is the same unit too.
Oh thanks for that. I see that is the case now. Looks like I can order the Shop Fox through Northern for the same price as the Grizzly and get free shipping too... hmmmShop Fox has a two year warranty, while most Grizzly products have a one year warranty. Other than that they're virtually identical. While you can buy Shop Fox on the Grizzly website, ShopFox also has a network of distributors. Grizzly green does not and is only available to purchase online.
Yeah I noticed the HP difference and was thinking that 1/5 is really kinda wimpy. Would be afraid of bogging it down too easily.I looked at the HF spindle sander, but it didn't seem to be as good. The HF spec'd at 19 lb and 1/5 hp while the Wren, Grizzly, etc are listed at ~30 lb & 1/2 hp. Cost of HF with 20% is $118.40 + $7 shipping for a total of $127.40 vs $140.67 shipped for the Wren. That is why I went with the Wren.