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I was wandering around Rockler a few weeks ago and noticed they had a spindle sander mounted in a router table. I thought that was a great space saving idea for a small shop. The more I looked into this oscillating spindle sander kit, the more I liked it.
The power behind this combo is the Triton TSPSP650 oscillating spindle sander. It is a corded handheld tool that can be mounted upside down on a table or bench and used like a stationary tool. It also has it’s own built-in dust extraction port.
The sander is powered by a 5.4A motor that has a variable no-load speed of 1800-3200 RPM, and oscillates 50-90 OPM with a 1/4″ stroke length.
With the Rockler router table base plate, you can mount it in a router table to take advantage of a much larger table and presumably much better dust collection. You can also mount the spindle sander to a workbench and use it with just the base plate accessory.
The phenolic router table base plate measures 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ and is 3/8″ thick. This seems to be a standard size for Rockler and some other brands’ router tables, although other brands such as Woodpeckers use larger plates.
The spindle sander mounts to the router base plate using two clips held by two screws through the plate.
This sander kit comes with 1/2″, 3/4″, 1-1/32″, and 1-1/2″ sanding sleeves, edge guide, 2 bench mounting clamps, bench mounting mat, dust extraction port adapter, router table plate, and router plate mounting hardware. Rockler has it priced at $169 and it’s available online and in stores.
You might be able to save a little money if sourcing the parts separately, as Rockler’s combo kit looks just be the sander + the base plate.
Rockler also offers a smaller table baseplate to fit the Triton spindle sander.
If I already didn’t have Ridgid’s oscillating belt and spindle sander, I would probably pick this up in a heartbeat. I don’t use the spindle sander part very often, and this would free up space for a better disc and belt sander. I hope Rockler still sells the Triton router table plate when my Ridgid sander finally wears out .
One of the downsides to the Rockler and Triton spindle sander setup is there don’t seem to be any restrictor plates. When you are using the smallest sleeve, there will be a large gap between it and the base. This is a problem for sanding small pieces and frankly a little bit of a hazard to your fingers.
Another downside is that the stroke length is only 1/4″ and it doesn’t have a very powerful motor, so don’t expect it to be able to take off a half inch of maple like a big standalone oscillating spindle sander would.
But on the plus side, it and the baseplate are small enough to store in a router table drawer and not take up much space.