I just wrote an epic reply, hit something on my keyboard and all my browser windows closed with me losing my lengthy response. I poured my heart out and forgot most of what I wrote, so it is lost forever. I know better than to post right in the response box but I guess it is like doing computer backups. We all know we should do it but how many of us actually do? Well, it is especially important if a short post turns into a long post.
Earl, I posted that other thread on the oscillating spindle belt sander. There is much positive affirmation for making the purchase. In that thread, I noticed an absence of alternative suggestions, hence this thread. I guess it matters just how you word your query. Hope I did not break any forum rule. I’ll have to remember your lesson and know that I can still sand when the power goes out, lol.
I was almost embarrassed to publicly post an inquiry about a plastic tool. Reminds me of a toy. Although I guess all hobbyist tools are basically man (woman) toys, lol. It will serve its intended purpose however. You know how it is before you spend so much money, you want to make sure you are doing the right thing, if there ever is only one right thing.
I purchased a rebuilt Skill 10” table top bandsaw for about $100. It is mostly plastic and also reminds me of a toy. Whenever I use it, I bring a cup of coffee along because it is so slow to cut. It was a lifetime first experiment for me to see if I really could survive without getting the latest and greatest complete with all the bells and whistles. It is limiting but so far I am trudging along with it. Won’t be doing any resawing, lol.
I envision all forum members having rocket science NASA nuclear powered woodworking tools.
Oliver, I was surprised to see your sander. Thank you for sharing. I can only envision making Charley’s reindeers on that skinny sanding belt. I am sure you put that to plenty of good use. Am just surprised that a woodworker of your caliper can get by with a narrow belt. Like you said, it depends on what kind of projects you do.
Rick, thanks for the lesson in lending. I agree with Dan, as I have a soft heart and must learn to say, “No.”
Oliver, I purchased the Ridgid oscillating spindle belt sander from HD (saw it elsewhere for like $338) THEN learned that Ridgid no longer makes the spindles for it. HD has discontinued the Ridgid spindles. Will update in the other thread. Sheeeesh!!!