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  • DUST - RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander

    I'm probably going to get the RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander but have question about vacume pickup. Is it real good for both the belt and spindle? My other choice could be guinevere but, it's higher and I already have a Foredom.

    So, if you have a Ridgid, how good is the dust pickup?

    Thanks,
    Regis
    An old beginner leaping in.

    Pleased with my new EX-16.

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    I don't have anything to compare it to, but I think the dust collection, connected to my shop vac, is pretty decent. I don't notice a significant difference between belt & spindle.
    Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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    • #3
      I've had the ridgid belt/spindle sander for about 4 years now...as far as dust collection goes it's almost impossible to prevent it..my heavy duty shopvac works great.hose plugs into the rear of the mschine and draws down and out as the project is sanded..the rest of the dust, (minimal) sits on the top rear of the machine as it falls off the belt/spindle ).my older smaller vac has an adapter on the end of the hose..it leaves somewhat more on the machine.....still works good enough for me.......without the shopvacs connected the dust is HORRIBLE and pretty much creates the need for a GOOD dust mask....any good machine will create a problem when sanding as the amount of dust will have a tendancy to collect on the table and prevent the ability to see the outline of the project......would advise the use of a vac/dustcollection system ANYTIME wood is sanded.
      A small fan set in the right spot will help to clear the table but then the air is loaded with the dust.

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      • #4
        DaveW and Bill,
        That's what I needed to know, that vac actually works pretty good. Doesn't have to be perfect I just wanted to make sure the vac port wasn't just for marketing.

        Thanks Regis
        An old beginner leaping in.

        Pleased with my new EX-16.

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        • #5
          I agree with the others, you should wear a dust mask. I have the Rigid and the Jet machines, and I think the dust is collected better on the Rigid. I use the Jet allot when I need a tilting table. Both are put to use many times in my shop and both have to be hand dusted with the shop vac after use. But without the vac hookup on the rear of the machine, it would really be a mess.
          Hawaiilad
          Larry

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