Jet OES-80CS Oscillating 6" x 89" Belt Edge Sander

Average reader rating
4.1
out of 5
Brand:
Jet
Model:
708447
Price:
$899

Description

NEW oscillating feature reduces heat build-up on sanding beltto reduce loading and burning
■ Sanding belt can be locked in at vertical, horizontal and any angle in betweenfor optimum finishing of your workpiece
■ Quick release lever and tracking control dial are conveniently locatedfor replacing and tracking belts
■ Belt platen is made from precision-ground steel platefor accurate and true sanding results
■ Cast iron table moves up or downto provide exact workpiece positioning
■ 4" dust porthooks up to your dust collection system for efficient dust removal
■ Adjustable outer drum support tableenables contour sanding
■ Tilting sanding head for sanding bevels, angles, and flat surfaces

Reader Reviews

Almost got it perfect

Review Summary

Jet has a pretty good sander here. At the time I purchased this sander it was the cheapest oscillating edge sander on the market. They did a pretty good job with it. The belt tracks well. The cabinet storage is nice. Build quality is good. I do think they missed the boat in a couple of areas. The table height adjustment is horrible. You need 3 hands, two to lift the table, and one to lock it down. It needs a wheel like a lot of the other sanders. I ended up making my own.
The other area is the grind of the table. I am used to cast iron surfaces ground to almost a mirror finish. The table looks like they took an angle grinder to it. Does it affect the function or the ability to set the table 90 degrees to the belt? No, but it looks bad. At the price you pay for this sander it should be better. Overall I am happy with the purchase. An edge sander is one of those tools that you keep finding uses for one you have one.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Better since the buy out

Review Summary

I actually had the older version of this sander , when it didn't have the oscillation feature on it. It worked well for the nearly 20 years I had it but on mine I had serious issues with the fit and finish, but I'm certain since Jet got bought out,that those issues have been dealt with. If I was in the market for an edge sander today I would much prefer a cast iron table over a laminated plywood table.
I actually took off my cast iron table and retrofitted mine with a laminated table and I eventually put the cast iron one back on because it was much more stable and true and it was much nicer to have the hefty miter slot for cinching down a miter gauge. Grizzly makes a few different models with out the oscillation mode and a laminated table for less , but for the price difference I think the cast iron table and oscillation is worth the upgrade. The Jet also comes with a standard 89" belt size which is more common. This may make it less costly when purchasing new belts since more of this size is made and sold. Also my local professional tool store carries this size. Another thing I've noticed on this Jet edge sander is that the RPM's on the motor are quite high (8900 rpm's). This makes the belt speed very fast and a little more dangerous if a piece your sanding gets away from you. That fast belt speed also contributes to heat build up which would is a major contributor to belt wear. I have since purchased a professional edge sander from Ritter manufacturing and the rpm's on the motor are much lower, hence less friction and heat. This may be another thing you consider when you go to purchase an edge sander. A better edge sander will also have a graphite lining on the platen to further reduce friction, which I don't thick this Jet model has. Not to worry though as you can buy these linings to place on any backing plate from the Red Hill Corp, at www.supergrit.com.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Good Sander with Some Finish Quality Issuea

Review Summary

This is my first edge sander, and I like the power that it has. I use it almost daily and it is a real workhorse. The issues that I have experienced are with the quality of the coating on the tool. When I went to get the platen out of the storage base several weeks after I bought it, both the platen and the inside of the cabinet had rust on spots where the coating had come off of the tool.
These tools are powder coated overseas, and this indicates an over bake situation at the manufacturing site, leaving a brittle finish that is prone to chipping, which lets the rust start. I also do not feel that the dust collection is all that effective/efficient compared to my other tools. A fair value for the size and HP, but I expect the tool protective coating to perform better than this.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

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