Necessity is the mother of invention. I can totally understand the necessity that led up to the invention of a spindle sander. Difficult to reach contours, arcs and curves must have been a sure cause for carpal tunnel’s in many a carpenter back in the days. He would have to twist and turn (in god knows how many possible angles) to reach these places, and slowly smooth the contours out with a wee bit of sand paper. Patience is a virtue when it comes to carpentry, but having the right set of tools can make life a whole lot easier. Now power driven spindle sanders are a blessing in this respect. If you are into carpentry and are thinking of getting an oscillating spindle sander as an addition to your tools, you should check out the Powertec OS-1000 Oscillating Spindle Sander. To make life easier for you, I am going to look into reviews of this tool; I will try to gauge its performance based on what users are saying. Perhaps that will help you in your choice.
It’s cheap, but does it work ?
The tool has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 which is quite good. The review by Victor H Agresti from Gaithersburg, MD United States was especially insightful. He had the advantages of this tool jotted down in bullet points. Now this makes it so much easier to dig in and dissect. I will go a step further and compare this tool to another oscillating spindle sander that I had my eye on – the Jet BOS.
Victor says that his Powertec OS-1000 Oscillating Spindle Sander has “virtually no vibration and runs very smoothly”. Now the Jet BOS is acclaimed likewise. Both tools are quite heavy (Jet BOS: 80 pounds; Powertec: 52 pounds) which would account for the “virtually no vibration” part. Both the tools are powered with great motors; the Powertec has a 2/5 HP motor while Jet JBOS is powered by a 1/2 HP motor. The motor is powerful enough to handle even large projects with ease. This explains the smooth running of the tool.
What makes it a unique product ?
Victor also points out the distinct advantages of the spindle and the top. Now these are some features that definitely earn the Powertec OS-1000 extra points when compared to the Jet BOS. The spindle of the Powertec OS-1000 is square to the table and the 18 inch cast iron table is big enough to handle larger projects. The table top is perfectly flat and the round shape ensures that your work piece gets adequate support on all sides. The Jet JBOS falls short in this regard. Victor also wrote about the feasibility of using the Powertec OS-1000 as a bench top. Though the tool is bulky, it is still lighter in comparison to the Jet BOS and can be easily lifted and mounted on a table top. If required, it can even be bolted with help of the four holes provided at the base. The Jet BOS lacks this feature. Weighing all of 82 pounds, it cannot really be mounted on to a table top easily.
Conclusion: Weighting in the drawbacks…
One of the drawbacks of the Powertec OS-1000 that I could think of is the missing tilting table top. This means that you may not be able to accomplish bevel sanding projects with this tool. However, considering all the benefits and more (the complete storage space for all accessories, the inclusion of the 3 inch spindle that is absent in the Jet JBOS and an excellent dust pick up system) I would go with the Powertec OS-1000. It is one of those tools that is simply a must-have in a carpenter’s arsenal. If you are unsure, here is another comparison that may draw a different conclusion…
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