Ridgid OSS technique?
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With my new Ridgid spindle sander I’m sanding fenders for my toy project.  I find I’m getting beautiful smooth inside curves and lousy humpy outside curves. Is this my technique? Or is it more what the tool is designed to do best?  It’s not a big deal because I can just switch to the old Craftsman 9 inch disk sander and get beautiful outside curves. But if it’s just my technique I’d like to correct it.
Jim

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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
Are you using the belt or the spindle on the outside curves?
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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
Outside curves on a spindle sander are problematic.  You'll end up with uneven curves, gouges, and divots.  At least that's been my experience.

When I want to do outside curves on my Ridgid, I use the belt sander setup.
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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
(01-10-2020, 01:29 PM)stoppy Wrote: With my new Ridgid spindle sander I’m sanding fenders for my toy project.  I find I’m getting beautiful smooth inside curves and lousy humpy outside curves. Is this my technique? Or is it more what the tool is designed to do best?  It’s not a big deal because I can just switch to the old Craftsman 9 inch disk sander and get beautiful outside curves. But if it’s just my technique I’d like to correct it.

Spindle sanders don't do a good job on outside curves. The best you can hope for is to install the larges diameter spindle and go slow. Outside, flat profile, curves should be done against a flat belt/disk if you insist on power-sanding them.
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  Re: RE: Ridgid OSS technique? by Bill Wilson (Are you using the be...)
(01-10-2020, 01:43 PM)Bill Wilson Wrote: Are you using the belt or the spindle on the outside curves?

Spindle and based on other replies I should be using the belt option.  That being the case I’ll use the old Craftsman 9 inch disk. Have good luck with that.
Jim

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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
(01-10-2020, 03:19 PM)stoppy Wrote: Spindle and based on other replies I should be using the belt option.  That being the case I’ll use the old Craftsman 9 inch disk. Have good luck with that.

That's probably your best option.  Controlling the workpiece when presenting it to the abrasive surface is probably going to be easiest with a disk sander and associated table.  If I had one, that's what I'd do.

I like my Ridgid combo sander.  But, like most combo machines, there are tradeoffs.
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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
I did two more fenders, did the inside on the spindle and outside on the disk and cut sanding time by 2/3's.
Jim

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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
Like others said - hard on outside curves.   I use mine a lot.  Has it's limitations but overall good for the price.  It's really neat is how fast it is to go from belt to spindle mode. 

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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
There's a gap in the area of the belt near the narrow end where the flat plate behind the belt ends and the roller. I like to use that since there's a little give to soften outside curves.
Benny

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  Re: Ridgid OSS technique? by stoppy (With my new Ridgid s...)
I also picked up a basically new grizzly 12" disc sander that I don't know how I lived without...
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