OVS-5 Oscillating Spindle Sander - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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OVS-5 Oscillating Spindle Sander

Bridgewood - OVS-5 Oscillating Spindle Sander

Bridgewood's oscillating spindle sander features a tilting table and steel base that raises the table height to 39 in. from the floor

$270 (As of 12/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Spindle Sanders

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 1, 2007

Nothing beats an oscillating spindle sander for sanding curves. The up-and-down movement helps keep the sanding sleeve from clogging. Sanding goes faster, the abrasive lasts longer, and there’s less risk of heat buildup. We tested seven sanders that sell for $140 to $640. All performed their primary task very well and most were compact enough to sit on a workbench.

The Bridgewood OVS-5 oscillating spindle sander features a tilting cast-iron table . In functionality and quality, it was very similar to comparable models from Jet and Grizzly, and middle of the road in price. At 18 in. tall, it was not comfortable for me to use as a benchtop machine, but an included steel base raises it to a comfortable work height.

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Editor Test Results:

Dust Control Effectiveness Good (with dust collection attached)
Location of Controls Good
Vibration Rating N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bridgewood
Manufacturer's Web Site www.wilkemach.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-235-2100
Tilt Yes
Dust Collection Yes
Horsepower 1/2 HP
Amps 5.7 amps
Volts N/A
Speed 30 oscillations per minute
Stroke 1 in.
Abrasive Component Size Diameters: 1/4 in., 1/2 in., 5/8 in., 1-1/2 in., 2 in.
Maximum Capacity N/A

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