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Forum topic by jgoeden posted 08-17-2015 12:31 AM 903 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jgoeden

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08-17-2015 12:31 AM

Hey guys, on my phone so this will be short.

Looking to purchase a drum sander under 1000.

The absolute main this I’ll be doing is leveling down end grain cutting boards. Most are 11×14. Just need the initial level then I can fine sand with a ROS. Basically all I’m saying is that I’ll just probably put on some 80grit and leave it. I would rarely rarely do any panels.

I don’t have to spend 1000. Looking at the Grizzly 12” tabletops. I’ll probably only do 30-40 boards a year, do not much use. Do you think the Grizzlies will hold up or should I look at used JET? Maybe a 16-32. I thought I would like the grizzly 18-1/2” but it gets pretty bad reviews.

Thoughts?

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#1 posted 08-17-2015 04:57 AM

IMHO you will not find one under $1000. I use a Flatmaster Drum Sander from stockroom Supply and I also have a Grizzly G1066Z 24” DRUM SANDER for larger jobs. You might try to connect with someone in your area who has a Flatmaster to see if it will do what you expect.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 08-17-2015 12:29 PM

you can find them all day under 1000.

Grizzly has a tabletop at 600, and their 18 is under 1000. Delta has the 18-36. JET has their 16-32 right about 1000.

Are any of these any good? I will spend 1100 if I have to but if the grizzly tabletop 12” will handle it, I would rather get that.

-- Never use a Lancelot woodcarver on an angle grinder. Pictures upon request.

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#3 posted 08-17-2015 02:39 PM

I had the Delta 18-36 qnd it was not good. Tried all the suggestions to get it to work without burning wood and final gave up using it. Could never get speed of drum and wood feed travel rate to stop burning the sanding paper/cloth belt. Can’t speak to any of the others you mention.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 08-17-2015 02:52 PM

I also have the 24 inch FlatSander from SS and it really works great on cutting boards. It does require your interaction so if you want something more automatic then that is not the way to go.

-- Earl

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#5 posted 08-17-2015 03:06 PM

I use a Performax 16-32 to sand end grain cutting board and I don’t have any problems with it. Have you looked for a used one on CL?

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#6 posted 08-18-2015 03:28 AM

PJpones thanks for the reply. I heard the Delta 18-36 and the Grizzly 18” were clones, and the Grizzly gets terrible reviews because of the conveyor belt tracking issues. I’ll stray from both.

MrBill, I have looked all over CL, no sanders at all within a reasonable drive. I look about 2x a day hoping something comes up.

Earl, I’ve seen the flat sanders and they just look awkward and like they would be hard to use for something like this. Do you use a belt sander to get the majority of the glue off then use the FS, or just throw it straight on there. I’m kinda interested in them, but they just seem like they would be hard to use to get even, consistent results. I kinda just want to throw on a conveyor belt and get a relatively flat surface to finish sand with a ROS. But I want to be able to set boards on a granite countertop and not have any wiggle or wobble from one corner to the next.

-- Never use a Lancelot woodcarver on an angle grinder. Pictures upon request.

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retfr8flyr

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#7 posted 08-18-2015 08:10 AM

It’s not really hard to use and everything registers off the top of the sander, so everything stays flat. It’s so easy to change paper on the unit that I just use it for almost everything. I don’t have a conventional belt sander and use this instead. If you are doing lots of boards then I think a regular belt sander would be a better machine for you because it doesn’t’ require your constant input, like the FS does. The only real drawback to the FS is it doesn’t work very well for shorter pieces.

-- Earl

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