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Nickacc

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11-09-2015 01:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wide belt sander

I am in the market for a wide belt sander and was hoping for some input to help with my decision. I would love one of the big timesavers that you can get for a great deal at auction but I will not have that kind of space for two years when I move my current shop.

Initially I was tossed between the grizzly 15 inch open end wide belt and the 18 inch closed wide belt but it seems like the 15 inch makes more sense since they make the same horsepower and the 15 inch can technically sand bigger panels.

Do you think the grizzly would be a good purchase? Can you actually get good results sanding a panel bigger then 15”? Any reason the 18” would be a better purchase?

The wide belt will mainly be used for panel glue ups. I would love to be able to do panels wider then 15 if the open end feature truly works.


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#1 posted 11-09-2015 08:04 PM

If it’s between a 15” open vs a 18” closed, I would go with the open all day long.
Now, if it was a 25” or up closed, then I’d scratch my head but 18” is pretty narrow for me to have for a closed sander. Depending on what you do, maybe you would never max it out, but for me, I would prefer the ability to have room for larger panels

I have not seen the Grizzly in person but I have seen the Shop Fox, which is the equivalent, just a different paint job and it looked like a great machine. I had a chance to buy it for $2500 which is a great price, but I just didn’t see the need for it at the time.

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 02:38 AM



If it s between a 15” open vs a 18” closed, I would go with the open all day long.
Now, if it was a 25” or up closed, then I d scratch my head but 18” is pretty narrow for me to have for a closed sander. Depending on what you do, maybe you would never max it out, but for me, I would prefer the ability to have room for larger panels

I have not seen the Grizzly in person but I have seen the Shop Fox, which is the equivalent, just a different paint job and it looked like a great machine. I had a chance to buy it for $2500 which is a great price, but I just didn t see the need for it at the time.

- AZWoody

Thank you for your response.

Do you happen to know how the open end machines do when sanding a panel bigger then the 15 inches?

One day I’ll hopefully have the set up to support one of the big closed machines. But for I think the smaller guy would still be a huge help in productivity.

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 03:35 AM

Hey I’ve owned the 15” open widebelt for many yrs. there all the same imports, I don’t recommend ever sanding wider then the 15”, my luck with it is it gougez and scoops marks in your panel. I just presand anything wider then I need. then join together. I’m not familiar with the 18” but I think I’d go 18”. Best of luck to ya. From the catskill mnts.lol

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 01:26 AM



Hey I ve owned the 15” open widebelt for many yrs. there all the same imports, I don t recommend ever sanding wider then the 15”, my luck with it is it gougez and scoops marks in your panel. I just presand anything wider then I need. then join together. I m not familiar with the 18” but I think I d go 18”. Best of luck to ya. From the catskill mnts.lol

- Layton

I was actually going to ask that but didn’t know how to word it. Do you think that saves you a lot of time? pre- sanding the two panels and then gluing them together?

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 02:14 AM

I do the sanding then joining, because I can easily get the thickness the same on all the boards. I have a Jet 1020 Plus. I have never done a board wider than the 10” in the sander. There is a small taper that is generated if you feed it to aggressively (because one end is open, it will deflect ever so slightly), and as a guy who used to design tools, I don’t want to have half the board hanging off the side. Even if the mfgr says that is OK, I have different standards.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 06:13 PM

My 16” wide belt absolutely saves time, Almost everthing that I build goes thru this sander at some point during fabrication. styles and rails,table legs and tops, etc. They take all the planer chatter out and also any tearout if you leave your stock thick enough before sanding, I’ll sand down to 120 grit on the wide belt then step my sanding down there after with my festool sanding system. . you gotta get one, the health benefits are also a huge plus. Good luck. Layton

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#7 posted 11-13-2015 09:46 PM


My 16” wide belt absolutely saves time, Almost everthing that I build goes thru this sander at some point during fabrication. styles and rails,table legs and tops, etc. They take all the planer chatter out and also any tearout if you leave your stock thick enough before sanding, I ll sand down to 120 grit on the wide belt then step my sanding down there after with my festool sanding system. . you gotta get one, the health benefits are also a huge plus. Good luck. Layton

- Layton

Thank you Layton for your response. This is what I needed to hear to be confident to purchase a wide belt.

Thanks
Nick

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