When a particular task needs to be accomplished, there’s usually a particular tool. I hadn’t considered how much I would use nor how much I would enjoy operating a spindle sander. The market has a fairly wide swath when it comes to price point and product quality, I selected this item because it seemed to be the middle of the road but still on the high end of bench top models. I purchased the Triton TSPS450 Spindle sander on Amazon.ca for $190 CAD (now $229 CAD) it includes a variety of spindle sizes but only includes one set of 80 grit sleeves. Tech specs as follows, 450W, 1/2 HP, 3.5A motor offering 2000rpm no load speed with 58opm. The table is 14.5″ by 11.5″ and is oddly shaped making larger pieces awkward and difficult to control completely.
Initial unboxing is relatively simple, only the spindle requires installation. The machine itself has on board storage for all included spindles and table inserts. The top is cast iron and the base is molded plastic but seems sturdy enough to tolerate a considerable amount of abuse. The rear dust port is 1.5″ and practical if you have a smaller shop vac, but would create a large amount of resistance with larger vac systems.
The machine handles most materials with ease and the oscillation increases the removal of material without sacrificing accuracy. I purchased this initially for a large sign project and it handled the 3/4 inch plywood without hesitation and will leave a clean finish on more challenging materials like maple.
I have rounded out the equipment with a few different sets of sleeves of varying grits. If you’re in the market for a spindle sander, this is more than adequate, however, I think there are more practical solutions on the market such as the Ridgid EB4424, which offers a larger work surface as well as an oscillating belt sander.