LumberJocks

Is this worth buying?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by itodobien posted 09-02-2017 02:55 AM 320 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View itodobien's profile

itodobien

8 posts in 59 days


09-02-2017 02:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander grizzly g-1066r-24

I don’t yet have a drum sander nor do I have a big budget for one. However, I came across this guy selling this:

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tls/d/grizzly-1066r-24drum-sander/6278165497.html

Is it worth buying? I know NOTING about these and I’m pretty new to wood working. I’ve been building up my shop and I really want to add a belt sander. I’m not in a hurry, but don’t want to miss out if this is a steal. Thoughts?

-- My dust collecor has more $$$ in materials than my projects...


6 replies so far

View Loren's profile

Loren

9433 posts in 3432 days


#1 posted 09-02-2017 03:37 AM

It’s a good price I’d say but I want to caution
you about drum sanders. It can be a real
pain in the butt to get good results with them.
Torn paper, glazed paper, sniping… They
can only be trusted to take extremely fine
cuts which means to remove planer marks
you will spend an awful lot of time standing
around while the sander slowly removes
tiny amounts of wood with each pass.

Some people swear by them.

View Fred Hargis's profile

Fred Hargis

4649 posts in 2277 days


#2 posted 09-02-2017 11:33 AM

Some other points to consider (I think it’s a very fair deal) is that drum sanders need really good DC, that one will take a 30 amp 240V circuit, and dual drums can be a real pain to align at times. If you are just getting started on your shop, this is probably something to either 1) pass on, or 2) buy and put in storage until you need it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

View splintergroup's profile

splintergroup

1552 posts in 1006 days


#3 posted 09-02-2017 03:05 PM

As Loren says, the learning curve is steep, but once I became “one” with my DS, it is the go-to tool for all my projects.

View AZWoody's profile (online now)

AZWoody

1098 posts in 1008 days


#4 posted 09-02-2017 03:16 PM

I have one similar to that but under the General Int’l brand.
I highly recommend a hook and loop kit from Grizzly. It will make paper changes much easier and it’s said that some of the burning issues are reduced because there is a little cushion and a little air gap that helps the paper keep cool.

That’s a great price depending on condition. I paid a lot more than mine but it was in very, very good condition and well taken care of.

I have a feeling that will go fast so you will have to move pretty quick on it.

Do take the other things like power supply into consideration though. You really do need a good dust collector for it and so you have to take into consideration the power you will need to run that and the dust collector at the same time.

View itodobien's profile

itodobien

8 posts in 59 days


#5 posted 09-02-2017 04:20 PM

Gents,

Thank you for your input. I just added 3, 20amp 220v circuits to my breaker. I use them to run my DC, Band saw, and jointer. I could easily just unplug the band saw for the sander when not in use. My DC is a monster from powermatic. It’s far bigger than I need, but I got such a smoking deal (it was 3 phase) that I had to get it. I’m more worried about the learning curve splinter mentioned. I don’t want to ruin my projects sanding them. I have a jointer and planer, and this would just be used to make the surfaces perfectly flat. The price is really low, so I am going to be looking at it on Sunday. Is there any advice, or things I should look for when I’m evaluating this machine? Thanks for all the input guys, really appreciate it.

-- My dust collecor has more $$$ in materials than my projects...

View itodobien's profile

itodobien

8 posts in 59 days


#6 posted 09-02-2017 04:25 PM



Some other points to consider (I think it s a very fair deal) is that drum sanders need really good DC, that one will take a 30 amp 240V circuit, and dual drums can be a real pain to align at times. If you are just getting started on your shop, this is probably something to either 1) pass on, or 2) buy and put in storage until you need it.

- Fred Hargis

Thank you, Fred. This is one of the last, large pieces I want to add to my shop. It’s such a low price, that I’m considering getting it, and storing it as you suggested. There’s also a powermax 16-32 for sale for $629 which is a single drum. I’ve really just been learning as I go. I use forums and YT and then just go and make mistakes. I was SUPER lucky and got TONS of milled Soft Maple for really cheap, so it’s not breaking the bank to wreck a few pieces. Really, I’m not doing this to make money, but to make something I am proud of. For that, I can be patient with the learning curve. Thank you again.

-- My dust collecor has more $$$ in materials than my projects...

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com