Drum Sander Happy Dance-TA DOT-TA DOT-TADOO!!!!

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Blog entry by Bob Kollman posted 04-17-2011 04:05 AM 5364 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a drum sander for 4 years. Yesterday, my drum sander was delivered, my boss was unhappy because I had to show up for work late…but that’s okay because I got my drum sander! This is not a review of the machine, because I feel that it takes several months of ownership to form an opinion on a machine
that cost this much. Later for the review.

I had chosen the Grizzly 458 because the machines had weight and birth. I figured that Grizzly’s construction was more rigid due to weight and the stationary drum. Also, Grizzly has a cult like following, many LJ’s have a lot of good things to say about the company so go with the flow!!!

Moving it is a hellofatask for a basement shop, Crated the weight was 328 lbs, and uncreated it is 199 lbs. but from truck to workspace it only took 30 minutes with a friend. The sander comes complete all you have to do is throw the legs on and the dust port and crank handle. The drum sander has an impeller built into the dust collection port that acts as a blower for the dust collection. For me that is a big plus because I use a simple wet vac for dust collection. Also the port accepts a 2 1/2” adapter which is standard for the vac. It also came with a 4” port for
a standard dust collection system.

Happy as a lark I began to rough sand a step stool side, normally it would take me 20 minutes to rough sand the glue joints with a orbital sander…but in half the time or less my drum sander did the job…HAPPY DANCE TIME!!!

The picture on the left rough sanded all the glue off, on the right you can see the seam a bit.

I grabbed a piece of 3/4” 2×4 from my wood pile, put some wheels on the bottom so I can wheel the sander in and out of my work area. Works really good and cost under $ 20.00 bucks to build.

I’d like to thank Greg Wurst, for his review on the sander, and A-1 Jim, for his help and suggestions. Also, all
you LJ’s who have give reviews-advice-and techniques on how to use the drum sander. This has been a great day
for me and many of you have contributed to my knowledge base making my first day with the sander a great day!!!
Thanks!!!! :) :) :)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 04:32 AM

Very nice, I’m sure you can feel the envy all the way from Cali.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 08:02 AM

Looks really GOOD!

... good things happen to he that waits… and waits… and waits…


You’re in wood/hog heaven!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 01:24 PM

I just love my DS, and it looks like you are on the way to loving yours too.

Happy Day,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 02:04 PM

Nice to see a happy dance! Nothing feels so good as having a new tool that will make your woodworking more fun and productive! Congratulations! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 03:34 PM

If you would just ship that accross the Lake, I will run a thorough, comprehensive, all-inclusive, full-scale, all-out, exhaustive series of test and then return it to you with a complete review. I sure that I could run all of the necessary test and form a considered opiinion sometime in the next several years. Please do not feel that is necessary to thank me for my largesse. I am happy to do it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 04:21 PM

saddletramp, that’s the worst offer I’ve had this week, congradulations!!!

Steve, if I rember you got a jet 22-44. It felt good doing a 16” board in
one pass!!!

Woo Hoo!!!

Thanks Sheila, and no border agents to boot!!!

Wayne, and Joe thanks, today will be a good day!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 08:47 PM

Congrats on a nice machine.

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 01:05 AM

I got their 10” one ordered. It is back orderer,They told me about a month yet, I can wait be cause I dont need a larger one, plus the differents in price. Good luck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 01:46 AM

Hi Chuck, I started by ordering the 10-20, on the sales form I entered no back orders.
I’m kind of glad things worked out the way they did. I make a lot of projects that are 12-16” in width
I’ve spent the day getting familiar with the machine, you will not be disappointed, these machines really speed up the sanding process. The one thing I will say is that reading the instructions is important, The sanders
require quite a bit of tweaking and finesse. But with the drive system, and superior dust collection I expect this machine to last a long time.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 07:45 PM

Congrats, I would hate to work without mine now.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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