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10-08-2009 12:31 AM
Hey guys. I just recently purchased a 26” drum sander on CL, good deal and I love it. It is great for flattening my panels, we do a lot of doors for a small family shop. Since seeing this sander make my panels flat, I have been giving a lot of thought to the grizzly 20” spiral head planer. It is costly but one kitchen job would more than pay for it and plus our overhead is none at this time. The thing I am thinking is the spiral planer would flatten my panels just as well and quicker then the drum sander which takes very shallow cuts. I currently own DW735 and it is very noisy. Also, it seems most of the cabinets features panels too wide to go through my 13” planer. Plus, I feel the grizzly with induction motor will be significantly quieter then my dewalt. I am always thinking of speed while maintaining the same quality. I will refuse to expidite something if it means a loss in quality but this planer seems to have the potential to speed up a process while maintaining good quality. It is just that on average we build around 35 doors (counting finished end panels) per job and that is the largest clog or time consumer in the whole process. I would still probably use the 26” sander to run the doors after they are assembled. Of course that too I hope to replace with a wide belt a year or two down the road.
Side note, I have a friend, more of a jack of all but really good at many of them, he is always telling me to outsource doors but seeing someone charge me around 11 to 16 bf on doors and seeing around 1500.00 leave our small pot of change at the end is something I have not been able to bring myself to do… We do enjoy building doors, but we do outsource the installs.