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Howie

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1254 days ago

I am going to buy a new drum sander, either the Jet 16/32 or the Grizz 458(18/36) I’ve read all the reviews on LJ and other places and since I can’t afford both of them thought I would ask….
If you were going to buy one tomorrow which would you buy?
I’m serious about this.

-- Life is good.


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 1254 days ago

I doubt if you can go wrong with either :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1254 days ago

I’d buy the JET. There are certainly good arguments for either.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 1254 days ago

bigger is better.

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Howie

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#4 posted 1251 days ago

Today I got a 10% off coupon from Grizz(good 3/1-4/30) Jet has 10% off right now and I was looking at the local Woodcrafters. I would have to pay 7.5% st on it and if it is the same program CPO has, it’s a mail in rebate(not sure) anyway the Grizz is 2” bigger and weighs twice as much(350 versus 164) . Jet 999.00-100.00=899.00+ 7.5%(67.46)=966.46. Grizz 895.00-10%(89.50)=805.50 + 94.00 shipping =899.50
CPO has the Jet 999.00/100.00 rebate and free shipping(no sales tax) I’ve never done business with them but assume they are okay(???) but those rebates sometimes have a habit of “getting lost” or if you don’t dot the “i” or cross the “t” they are refused and you never know it.
I’ve done the homework on both and I like them both…this makes it tough. At this point I’m leaning toward the Grizz simply because I have other Grizz items and have had very good luck with them. I don’t have any Jet equipment

-- Life is good.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1251 days ago

Good luck. ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Howie

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#6 posted 1251 days ago

I will say one hurdle is past…Mommie says buy what you want :-)

-- Life is good.

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Kevin

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#7 posted 1251 days ago

I’d vote for Grizzly just from the specs you’ve mentioned. I like the looks of JET, but i’ve had good luck with Grizzly in the past also. If it was me i’d buy the grizzly.

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Howie

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#8 posted 1249 days ago

Well the winner is Jet.
Bought it this morning,came home,put it together and started using it right out of the box.
So far I’m impressed. Haven’t tried to change paper yet but I don’t think that will be a big deal. Everything fit and all the nuts were SAE. I installed it on a Woodcrafters roller frame that I already had and that was a bigger pain to assemble than than the whole unit.
I didn’t want to wait until the 1st of March when Grizz went on sale and the fact it weighed 354 lbs. and I have no way of handling it was a big factor. The 16/32 was about 68 bucks more but Woodcrafters is 30 miles away.
This isn’t meant to take anything away from Grizzly. I have some of their tools and am well satisfied.
Now I’ll give it some time and see if I made a good choice.
Thanks to all that commented.

-- Life is good.

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NBeener

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#9 posted 1249 days ago

Love my 16/32.

Love it even MORE, since I installed the Accura polypropylene conveyor belt that came with it.

My only wish: bigger would be better.

Enjoy it :-)

-- -- Neil

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1249 days ago

ENJOY Howie

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kevin

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#11 posted 1249 days ago

Enjoy your new toy Howie. Looks like you used common sense when making the purchase, well done.

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Corks

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#12 posted 1249 days ago

Almost nothing leaves my shop without seeing my 16X32. What does is firewood! Haven’t used my planer in years, even my rought cut from my mill goes directly to the sander. One hint I would offer is good infeed and outfeed tables, makes all the difference.

-- Treat every day like is was your last and some day you'll be right.

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sandhill

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#13 posted 1249 days ago

Buy on line I got my 22/44 on line and saved $300.00 I shopped for over 1 year.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Howie

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#14 posted 1248 days ago

CPO see my post #4. But thanks,I do buy a lot online.

Corks, did you buy the ready made tables or make your own? I’m thinking of trying to make my own and see what happens. If I don’t like them I’ll buy the store boughts. The way they attach doesn’t look like a big deal to make

-- Life is good.

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Corks

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#15 posted 1248 days ago

I use the ones that came with the sander for short stock but my home made ones for the long stock. I’ve seem people use the roller stands that can be had at big box stores as well. The main thing is that whatever you use “must” be level or else you will be getting snipe.

-- Treat every day like is was your last and some day you'll be right.

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