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I don't usually buy anything electric from Harbor Freight, but I did buy their combo belt and disc sander, and I've had pretty good service out of it for the last 4 or 5 years (maybe more..), and I got tired of changing the belts on my drill press to go from drill to drum sander on this latest project of mines. And I didn't want to spend a lot of money, at this time (low gas prices = slow oilfield work), so I purchased the HB spindle sander for $139 (on sale). And so far, so good. I couldn't bog the thing down, last night. We shall see...
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I am interested to hear how it holds up. The HF reviews of that sander are all over the map with a 3.1 out of 5 rating which is not exactly great. The biggest complaint is that the current version isn't nearly as good as the older one. The second most common is about reliability (which seem related to the first). I tend to believe the HF reviews because they allow really scathing comments (like - run away!).

Something to consider, the Ridgid oscillating belt/spindle sander is $200 and gets pretty high marks from owners.
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I am interested to hear how it holds up. The HF reviews of that sander are all over the map with a 3.1 out of 5 rating which is not exactly great. The biggest complaint is that the current version isn't nearly as good as the older one. The second most common is about reliability (which seem related to the first). I tend to believe the HF reviews because they allow really scathing comments (like - run away!).

Something to consider, the Ridgid oscillating belt/spindle sander is $200 and gets pretty high marks from owners.
I've had the Ridgid for more years than I remember and I've never had a problem except for losing the switch lock. The switch eventually went and have substituted an external. Other than that no problems, stays in alignment even when I press a bit too hard. I sometimes put a block spacer under my piece to take advantage of other parts of the belt...it's been a really reliable sander...
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I've had the Ridgid for more years than I remember and I've never had a problem except for losing the switch lock. The switch eventually went and have substituted an external. Other than that no problems, stays in alignment even when I press a bit too hard. I sometimes put a block spacer under my piece to take advantage of other parts of the belt...it's been a really reliable sander...
I have the Ridgid, and love it, I use it all the time on every project. Had a Delta Boss before and it was good ,but didn't have the belt attachment, which is awesome.

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I bought a Ryobi for my son who wound up leaving it in my shop. Can't keep a belt on it. They are too light weight, cost $10-12 each and are a pain to put on. Stay away from this one.

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I bought a Ryobi for my son who wound up leaving it in my shop. Can't keep a belt on it. They are too light weight, cost $10-12 each and are a pain to put on. Stay away from this one.
The Ridgid uses a standard 4X24 sander belt.
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Lee I used to have issue with the drive belts stretching on my Delta DP. By the time I installed the 2nd set, I decided to release tension on the belts when I was done with the work, I haven't replaced a belt in over 17 yrs.

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Yea, I really did want to get the Ridgid. But one, I really didn't want to spend another 70 bucks right now. And two, My combo sander and this new one is sharing a stand, and I don't think the Ridgid spindle sander would have fit. As I'm getting tighter and tighter for space, this setup really works well. I'll post a pic later. But yea, I'm a big fan of Ridgid, as I have 2 full size routers, a trim router, a miter saw, a hand held sander, a drill/driver, and a shop vac, all Ridgid..
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Yea, I really did want to get the Ridgid. But one, I really didn't want to spend another 70 bucks right now. And two, My combo sander and this new one is sharing a stand, and I don't think the Ridgid spindle sander would have fit. As I'm getting tighter and tighter for space, this setup really works well. I'll post a pic later. But yea, I'm a big fan of Ridgid, as I have 2 full size routers, a trim router, a miter saw, a hand held sander, a drill/driver, and a shop vac, all Ridgid..
You're a real Ridgid fan, I can vouch for the Drill/driver trim router, and the spindle sander.
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The only thing I ever bought from Ridgid was their HD Lally cutter in 1985, I had to replace the cutter wheel in 05, other than that works like a champ.

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