Review

Nothing beats an oscillating spindle sander for smoothing curved cuts in wood.
And Grizzly’s T26418 sander bridges the gap—in price and performance—between benchtop models ($100–$275) and robust floor-standing ones ($700 and up). Powered by a 1-hp motor (and supported by a sturdy, tapered cabinet), this machine never bogged down, even when I force-fed wood into each spindle. The nearly 20"-diameter cast-iron table provides ample workpiece support, and it easily tilts up to 45° (a feature not typically found on benchtop models). My biggest gripe: the 2"-diameter dust-collection port—an unusual size—is not easy to hook up to shop-vacuum hoses, most of which come with 1-1/4", 2-1/4", or 2-1/2" connectors. After I rigged up a fit with duct tape, the shop vacuum collected the dust pretty well. The tabletop sits 37" from the floor, forcing me (at 6'4") to stoop more than I’d like when sanding. If this were my sander, I’d situate it on a wood base to raise it 4–6". In addition, because this sander lacks the oil-bath mechanism for the oscillating movement typical of pricier floor-model units, it makes more noise than expected. You get three spindles with this machine: 3/4×4-1/2", 2×9", and 3×9", as well as slotted inserts to fit around them. —Tested by Bob Hunter, Tools Editor

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