Wise Buys: Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sanders
General International 15-220-M1
5 sanding drums: 1/4", 1/2", 5/8", 1-1/2", and 2" in diameter
Includes: 4 insert rings, wrenches
Weight: 81 lbs
Why pay this much ($430 at the time of our test) for a benchtop spindle sander? Because the 81-lb heft of a rugged cast-iron top and heavy steel base eliminates vibration, and the 1/2-hp motor--twice as big as the competitors--powers through wood without a hint of stalling. I like the test-tallest 5-1/2" sanding drums (other makes are 4-1/2") for those rare occasions when I need to sand a workpiece that large. The table tilts to 45° for angled work. And there's an adapter included to hook up a 4" dust hose to the 2" port.
--Tested by Craig Ruegsegger, Multimedia Editor
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