Rated 5 out of 5 by AstroBob Really excellent tool and clever design
I have had this tool for some time...think I was one of the early buyers. It is versatile having both the oscillating drums AND the flat plate. I use it for a lot of projects...wood working as well as metal work. I originally bought it for sanding the parts of puzzles created with a scroll saw but it has seen frequent use in all my various projects...and probably a lot of abuse it was never intended to take when working metal parts from my metal milling machine. You do have to be careful when moving the unit around so the various small parts like washers don't fall out and get lost. If it was permanently setup this wouldn't be an issue but mine isn't. The dust collection system for it is pretty effective too. But I make sure to use my shop vac to frequently clean out the various nooks and crannies. Changing out the various size drums and the belt sander is pretty quick and easy and spare sanding drums and belts are readily available at Home Depot. I was worried that I would have to order spare sand paper from the factory but Home Depot eliminated that worry. One thing I really like is that it is very quiet. I had considered a couple of other brands that all cost significantly more and didn't have the versatility of this one.
October 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buzzsaw Great little sander for the money
i have used this in my wood shop and to shape billet aluminum parts that I make by hand for motorcycles. This thing has taken great use/abuse. I have had 4 years of constant steady use out of it so far. If it breaks today I'll smile, and then go right over to home depot and buy another one. Worth the 199 all day long.
October 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FoldTite 4 times quality of the other options.
The oscillating sander makes short work of the aluminum trimming we do in the plant. the high quality of the platform and complete unit was so much better than the belt / disc sander options from the other manufactures.
June 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by elkski oscillating motion stopped! thunking noise
if your rigid sander stops oscillating the fix may take 10 mins.
Remove 4 Phillips screws to remove bottom.
Vacuum dust away so that you can keep dust out of next step.
Use a 3/8 socket on an extension to remove the plastic housing on bottom of motor. look for any broke gear teeth and that the three long prongs are intact. if everything looks fine. then look to see if the two plates are connected by all the prongs (6-8? didn't count) . just separate the disks and insert the prongs in the sockets. reassemble and mine works fine again.
April 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by brgoody It's like getting two machines in one.
I have a small woodshop and needed a good solution for my sanding needs. After some research I decided to go with this sander. All I can say is wow..It's like having a few different machines in one. It only takes a minute to change from a spindle to a belt. The Dust collection works very well hooked up to my Ridgid shop vac. I have used this sander daily for 6 months now and it hasn't let me down. I would recommend it to anyone looking.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dwhobrey So far so good
Just received this sander and I am very pleased with this purchase. I was going to purchase a different brand, mostly based on cost, but after reading/viewing web content on this machine I was sold on this one. Why? Basicly it;s two machines in one with the spindle sander and the belt sander. I did not know I needed the latter until I used it. Makes sanding straight edges easy as well as gentle curves. For a spindle sander I was using my drill press, this sander makes that seem like from the stone age. Seems to be a well thought out design with all the accessories located in front. Maybe it could use more power, time will tell. Sanding is not fun nor rocket science, but this machine makes it easier and less of a necessary evil.
December 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by eburtenshaw Unique and invaluable
This is a very unique tool in my shop, as it allows me finish highly customized projects quickly and professionally. In fact, there is very little I cannot create between my bandsaw and this oscillating sander.
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by keithlarsen45377 Works like a charm
The belt sander works great for all my small wood projects and the spindle sander lets me get in the tight hard to reach spots. Been using the sander for over 7 years and still works great
November 25, 2014