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Harbor Freight has spindle sander on sale for $89 thu December. I am thinking of buying this for shaping templates w rounded edges made from 1/4 inch mdf or tempered hardwood. Is the Harbor freight product up to the task or do I need to be looking in $200 range.............perhaps Rigid?
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Harbor Freight has spindle sander on sale for $89 thu December. I am thinking of buying this for shaping templates w rounded edges made from 1/4 inch mdf or tempered hardwood. Is the Harbor freight product up to the task or do I need to be looking in $200 range.............perhaps Rigid?
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I have the rigid, HD exclusive. Works great for things like that.
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I've had my HF sander for 3 yrs. now and it's done a great job on everything that I've used it for. Never tried any MDF.
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I've had my HF sander for 3 yrs. now and it's done a great job on everything that I've used it for.
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get the HF and use for 30 days - if you do not like it; return it

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My spindle sander is Delta but I have a half dozen HF electric & air tools. In a "hobby" shop environment they work well. Like Baker said if you don't like it take it back. MDF will be harder on the spindle sandpaper than the tool but it would be a good idea to try to vacuum as much dust away as possible and WEAR a mask.
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The only spindle sander I saw at HF was on sale for $129.99 14 In. Oscillating Spindle Sander

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go with th Rigid..
+1, got mine reconditioned (no lifetime service) for something like $135 a few years back. Very nice machine, would be willing to pay new retail price if i had to replace it. Except for food--I don't buy much new retail, so that is an endorsement.
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As long as you do not expect the HF sander to work as hard and as long as the Rigid, I would go for the HF. Budget is always an issue with my purchases.

The HF should handle light sanding of 1/4" material.

Not sure how it would handle 'rounded edges' though? IMO, a template should have flat edges...

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