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Competitively speaking.
They both know Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin and that's what I need.

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There, razing, I added new tags and edited the question, js :)
they both can play different roles

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Donphan is your man (awesome rhyming) xD![enter image description here][1]

![enter image description here][2] Donphan @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 HP / 252 Def
Impish Nature

  • Rapid Spin
  • Stealth Rock
  • Ice Shard
  • Earthquake

Donphan: 90/120/120/60/60/50 (HP, Atk, Def, SAtk, SDef, Spe)
Sandslash: 75/100/110//45/55/65 (HP, Atk, Def, SAtk, SDef, Spe).

So the only stat Sandslash wins in is speed, which is terrible so it's really useless speaking :3

Donphan is just much better at the job you're looking for. It's way bulkier, and can hit quite hard (although not as hard as Sandslash) but what it hits is very crucial in OU. Rapid Spin, is abviously one of the things you're looking for and here it is. The other move you wanted was Stealth Rock. Notice that both these moves are on the standard set, as that's the main reason of why Donphan is OU anyway. Ice Shard is amazing paired with Donphan's great attack stat and can still do loads of damage onto the dragons roaming around in OU, whether it's boosted or unboosted. Earthquake is a nice STAB move and is good to kill fire types and rock types which Donphan walls very well. By what you've written on the question, you wanted a bulky Pokemon, and Donphan is certainly way bulkier than Sandslash will every be. It also has the ability Sturdy which means it will set up Stealth Rocks definitely, unless it's a random Mold Breaker Pokemon with a special water/grass type attack xD.
[1]: http://pldh.net/media/pokemon/gen5/blackwhite_animated_front/232.gif
[2]: http://pldh.net/media/pokecons_action/232.gif

^^going to get BA. xD
lol thanks :3 as if your answer isn't good xD
but pictures, italics and bold always beat analysis and blocks of text :3
Anyway +1 for the donphan picture :3
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Donphan outclasses Sandslash in most ways. Statwise Donphan has 90/120/120/60/60/50 (HP, Atk, Def, SAtk, SDef, Spe) and Sandslash has 75/100/110//45/55/65 (same order). So the only stat Sandslash wins in is speed, which is pretty horrible anyway so that's useless.

Sandslash, though normally a RU Pokemon does however have a role in OU which is done by utilising Sand Rush which doubles speed in sandstorm. Of course you'd need to run it in a Sand team and it would function fine as an offensive rapid spinner with EdgeQuake + Swords Dance as well. Unfortunately, you're looking for Rapid Spin/Stealth Rock together apparently, so that rules Sandslash out except you could always run Stealth Rock over Swords Dance, but Sandslash's base 100 attack really doesn't cut it if you want to sweep.

Anyway, movepool wise Donphan gets access to the coveted Ice Shard - which lets it revengekill Dragon types and such. STAB Earthquake backs this up, and it runs Stealth Rock + Rapid Spin in the remaning slots. Unlike Sandslash, Donphan can also function in say, sun as it removes it's water weakness and allows it to get rid of hazards which are a pain for sun teams.
Sandslash's movepool is kinda barren :P.
Both still have no reliable way of healing so don't bring them onto super effective moves, or a strong special attack for that mater. They'll just die :c

So yeah, Donphan - it has more utility and will probably fit your needs better than Sandslash.

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the analysis of both roles (with moveset) wowed me. i wish i could upvote :)