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A pending bid is prompting me to consider an oscillating spindle sander. I would prefer a floor model as opposed to a bench top model.
The options seem to be limited to Jet, General, and Grizzly. I am not a fan of grizzly, but will consider it if it is the best offering. Anyone have experience with these machines?
I Own the General version floor model. No complaints here, it's a nice tool to have.
I've owned the Jet now for about six years and would buy it again in a heartbeat. Initially I had a problem removing spindles to change sizes, but after speaking with customer support we found that you need only to hand tighten - NEVER use a wrench, especially the cheap China ones that come with the machine. Once past that initial issue, the machine has worked flawlessly.
It has a generous oscillation (1-1/2"), but we have a few "lift" tables that are nothing more than different thickness plywoods with a hole bored in the center. This serves to lift the workpiece into an area of the sanding spindle that is not normally being used, increasing the life of each tube.
I've been using the grizzly floor model about 3 years with probably 20 hours on it. No problems- It’s a tool that doesn't get used much so spending big money wasn't realistic. Aren't the others also made in Taiwan?
Second vote for the grizzly. I actually found it surprisingly well built and it seemed the most bang for the buck.