I’ve always approached my hobby as a woodworker with the mindset of need a tool buy a tool. Whenever the next project required a new tool or something to make the process more efficient I’d purchase it. That was true when I picked up the Ridged EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt/Spindle Sander from Home Depot earlier this year. However, having said that there are not a lot of options in this space and form factor. Grizzly Industrial has something similar, looks like an exact copy of the Ridgid format however being in Canada I wanted to skip the duties and drive 10 minutes to the local Home Depot and have it that day. At the time of this writing Home Depot now has the sander at a new lower cost of $229 down from $249 which is what I paid for it.
Before this sander I had no good way of sanding circles or half circles which is what I needed when making a wine rack. I was doing it by hand and let’s be honest, sanding by hand sucks. So, the spindle feature and the various sizes that come with the sander (3/4 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch sleeves) were exactly what I needed to get the job done and have the job done professionally. As time went on I found a use for the belt sander which makes removing material quick and easy.
Some great features of this sander that do make this attractive are:
- Shop vac size dust collection port which if you don’t have a dust collection system (like I do at this point) is great because you can utilize your existing shop vac to help reduce dust.
- The table tilts up to 48 degrees with pre-sets at the most common angles. This has become very handy for some of my charcuterie board shaping and other angled sanding that is required
- Lastly the ability to quickly change from the belt sander to spindle sander in about a minute is key. While I don’t have experience with other sanders of this type (like I said there are not many) this is a great feature
As shown in the picture I’ve mounted this to flip top cart made famous by Brad @fixthisbuildthat as I don’t have a lot of shop space. Because of how light this sander is, it’s perfect for this type of mounting or if you have the luxury of space, I’d highly recommend fix mounting this on a bench of some sort.
This sander has more than enough power for your average hobbyist as I’ve thrown plywood, MDF, Purpleheart and Walnut at it with no issues at all. The only concern I have with this sander would be some slight slippage with the spindle sander and that may have just been on me by pushing to hard on the spindle. If I could make a recommendation for improvement, it would be on the spindle feature to ensure slippage is minimized.
I’ll leave you with this last note, make sure you pick up a sanding belt cleaner block. It will ensure your sanding belts last longer.