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11-15-2009 09:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: edge sander grizzly spindle sander sander

I have a Delta Edge Sander that runs nicely and does a reasonable job. Unfortunately it doesn’t oscillate, nor does it have spindle capability other than the drive drums. It does have pattern sanding capability on one side but I’ve used that very little. I’m thinking of selling this machine and buying the Grizzly 2 or 3 HP (5063, 5064) Oscillating edge sander with integral spindle sander. I would appreciate comments on these machines, pro or con by anyone familiar with them. They are not cheap but appear to be a good option – especially since I really need a better solution for spindle sanding and don’t want to spend the money or floor space for a dedicated spindle sander. And, what’s the consensus on 2 or 3 HP? Thanks.

-- RobertJ


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#1 posted 11-16-2009 02:48 AM

What do you guys use your edge sanders for? I had the Powermatic Model 13, bought it thinking it would be great for edge sanding boards. But after doing that I found it hard to keep the width parallel. So scratch that idea, but then it hardly got any use and just took up space so I sold it. I’ve thus far been able to do everything I need to on a 12” disc sander and I’ll soon have my Jet 6’’ x 48’’ Belt & 12’’ Disc Sander up and running so I’m wondering what others use an edge sander for? That can’t maybe be done another way? It seems like a lot of money for one of those so I’m wondering.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 03:01 AM

I’ve had the Grizzly G1531 edge sander for 15 years and use it just about everyday for a lot of different things.
Edge sand doors, panels, very useful on ogee feet, mouldings, etc. I also do soild surface counter tops and it saves us much time sanding the drops before we fab them to the decks. I have a few templates made to work on it so I can sand radius and some funky profiles we get into sometimes. The end roller works great on some of the wider corbels we make. It’s definitely a much used tool in my shop. Just be careful where you stick a thumb or a finger…ouchy!

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 03:49 AM

Hey Robert
I have the floor model oscillating spindle sander from Grizzly and edge sander by Grizzly. I use and like them both. I purchased the spindle sander used for around $ 250 and has worked fine for five years or so . If you want a table top model I would suggest a Ridgid it has good reviews and it’s around $199. It’s one of a kind
in that you can trade out the spindles with a belt. A couple of my students have them and say there great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 05:17 AM

Thank you for the replies – I have a large Delta edge sander now and it works great so I’m familiar with edge sanders and their uses. I use mine more than my other stationary sanders especially for creating shaper and router templates and patterns – the long horizontal table, large belt surface area, and relatively low belt speed make it easy to control the part and as bentlyj says, you can sneak up on the line easily and with great control.

It isn’t a jointer, so if all you are looking for is a straight edge, the jointer is the machine to use. But on anything you want to sand to a line, such as pattern, it’s terrific. So, my issue isn’t do I need an edge sander, rather, it’s whether the Grizzly 3HP oscillating edge sander with integral spindle sander is a good machine. I can keep the Delta unit I have, but it doesn’t oscillate, so belts wear unevenly unless I’m very careful, and it doesn’t have spindle capabilities. That’s the question I’m asking, is the Grizzly worth the money over what I already have, and is the 2HP adequate, or go with the 3HP? I’m leaning towards the 3HP – you can never have too much power! Thanks for your input.

-- RobertJ

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 09:54 AM

Bentley, Robert thanks. Cleaning up tapered legs, I can see that, I’ve always done it by hand or with a ROS. Rough edges from a BS I’ll usually run on the jointer. Never had the need to sand to a line. But I can see when it didn’t work for what I wanted to use it for I abandoned it instead of thinking what else it could do. My 12” disc sander isn’t great for long boards because half of it is spinning up and half of it is spinning down so I don’t use it for that. But I have used my drum sander with a jig for tapered legs and other tapered things.. But you’ve given me some ideas on how to use the belt on that Jet sander I have which isn’t as long but still, and isn’t setup yet either. And if push comes to shove I can always go use my old edge sander now that I see some other uses, sold it to a friend. :-) I should have asked this question last year…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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