Oscillating Spindle Sanders
Why you should have one and which you should buy
Synopsis: To Charley Robinson, an oscillating spindle sander is a great way to remove jigsaw, scrollsaw, and bandsaw marks. Oscillating spindle sanders eliminate burning, scratches, and clogging, and their up-and-down action uses more of the drum surface, yielding a longer abrasive life. Robinson compares four models – a Ryobi, a Vega, a Powermatic, and a Clayton, and tells you which one he would choose, and why. He also talks about finding replacement sanding belts.
Everybody who owns a jigsaw, scrollsaw or bandsaw has searched for an easy way to clean up the sawmarks on those sinuous curves they’ve been cutting. Most home shops have probably made do with a drum sander chucked in a drill press. But that’s not totally satisfactory. A drum sander on a drill press tends to burn wood and leave sanding scratches. The sandpaper clogs quickly, and you only use a small section of the drum.