So I got a 24” grizzly drum sander recently that was in working condition (sort of) but needed some parts replaced and needed a lot of tinkering! So i thought i would share some pics of the journey. this is not the exact one (i dont know what happened to the pic i took), but to give you idea picture this in much worse shape!
I am not the best at remembering to take pics of everything so I will explain what I had to do. The back drum had felt well pieces of felt on it so I cleaned up the drums (laquer thinner worked well to clean off the adhesive from the felt). I completely disassembled the sander and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned the heck out of it. there was sawdust probably 10 years old caked on the sucker. made an inventory of what i thought needed to be replaced and ordered from grizzly. (I am amazed they have not changed the design of this machine in a very long time). I repainted all the sheet metal parts. and reassembled with the replacement parts. so here are some pics…
once I removed the sheet metal
I decided to repaint the sheet metal parts as there was a decent amount of chips and some rust developing. so here they are primed.
I know some of you hardcore grizzly guys will get upset I didnt use Grizzly Green but I went with a dark metalic gray.
And it was finally comming together…
So parts I replaced:
couple of the drum bearings
The motors seem to be running strong still but the conveyor belt has seen better days, starting frey on one side mainly cause it looks like it was run out of alignment for a long time. I got it alligned but we’ll see how long it stays that way. Just finished and unfortunately havent got a chance to use for a couple reasons…my DC died looking at getting a new one and grizzly sent wrong clips. so almost there. From what I’ve read there are mixed reviews of this sander, but for the price I got it for compared to the near $1600 new price shipped from grizzly i couldnt resist. Once i get some hours on it Ill give my opinion of it. Also im sure someone will suggest or ask why I didnt convert to hook and loop and my reasoning is the guy i bought it from threw in a good amount of paper and at around $50 a roll figured i better burn through that first. Well there you have it, let me know what you think or better yet if you own one by all means please leave me any tips on getting this beast running like…well like a well trained beast i guess lol!