Craftsman - 351.215000 Spindle Sander - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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351.215000 Spindle Sander

Craftsman - 351.215000 Spindle Sander

The Craftsman Spindle Sander features an 18-in.-dia. cast-iron tabletop

$280 (As of 9/1/2009)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Spindle Sanders

by Roland Johnson

review date: September 1, 2009

This new Craftsman Spindle Sander was able to easily sand any curve I threw at it. A 1-in.-travel, 30-strokes-per-minute, vertical spindle oscillation keeps the coated abrasive from loading up with sawdust, resulting in reduced heat and longer abrasive life. The 18-in.-dia. cast-iron tabletop provides adequate support and the round shape provides a consistent space from the drum to the edge of the table at any angle, eliminating the variable distance of a square table and the resulting inconsistent support. However, the table doesn’t tilt, useful when sanding beveled edges. I still consider the Ridgid EB4424 to be the best of the small spindle sanders. The list price for the Craftsman 351.215000 is $280 (

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Editor Test Results:

Dust Collection Effectiveness N/A
Location of Controls N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Vibration Rating N/A
Tilt N/A
Dust Collection Built-in dust collection system
Horsepower 1/4 hp direct drive induction motor
Amps N/A
Volts N/A
Speed The spindle rotates at 1725 RPM with a stroke length of 1-in. (30 strokes per minute)
Stroke 1 in.
Abrasive Component Size 1/2-in. to 3-in. diameter (1/2-in. spindle shaft); 4-1/2 -in. length
Maximum Capacity N/A

Throughly enjoy working with this sander.. Good bargain for the money.

I received this as a Christmas present this past year. I was in the middle of a project and I needed a spindle sander. When I took it out of the box I was very impressed with the cast iron table, it seemed even better than the Delta from which it is based. I turned it one and started using it. With very light pressure on the drum the sleeve would slip. I tried tightening the spindle and it still slipped. I put a washer under the nut on the spindle and it helped a little. I tried a different drum and it still slipped. I then tried to call the help line that was in the instructions, they were closed the entire week between Christmas and New Years. I did not wait that long so I took it back to Sears and went across the street to Woodcraft and bought a real machine, a Jet JBOS-5, for 50% more. Does a wonderful job much heavier and powerful. The dust collection is not as good as the Craftsman though. I don't think I am buying Craftsman again.

I have this spindle sander, and I love it. It has a large cast table, room for clamping a fence.A very good dust collection system. Its very quite and smooth operation.Very good work piece control.Craftsman sanding tube are hard to find in store. I buy Delta brand from woodcraft works good. very happy, goes on sale 3-4 time a year, save about $30.00

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