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01-01-2012 07:59 PM

Hello, I hope that everyone had a great holiday and start to a new year. I have been gone for quite awhile but now that Uncle Sam has decided that he is done with me I am back to woodworking. I am looking for some opinions and help on deciding my next tool purchase. I know this may be a loaded question but I do value opinions and help from those with lots of experience. My wife being the great woman she is has told me to pick out a new tool from the grizzly book. I currently have the Dewalt 734 planer and a Delta 37-195 6” jointer that I am looking to upgrade. My problem is I am not sure of either getting the 15” planer or the 8” jointer. I am just wondering what some of your thoughts are and what other people might do. Another thing I was thinking of getting was maybe a drum sander of which I don’t own one. I know that it must be miserable for me to be in this dilemma. Ha Ha. I admit that after 30 plus years of marriage she just keeps getting greater by the day. Well i look forward to hearing from everyone and again it’s great to be back posting with you again. Sincerely, Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 09:02 PM

Flyboy, did you just retire or something? I take it you were in the military. Either way, good to know that you are finally able to get back to woodworking.
I guess the only way to answer is to ask a few questions. What kinds of projects do plan on tackling in the future? That would, at least for me, dictate which tool to buy.
For me I think it would be the 8” jointer.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 09:44 PM

There are ways to joint wider boards that your jointer will allow. I regularly joint 8-9” boards on my 6” jointer using a technique where you remove the guard, then run it through the planer on a plywood sled.

What don’t you like about the Dewalt 734? I have the 735 and have been happy with it.

Good luck

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 01:17 AM

Upgrading current capabilities is always nice, but IMO it’s better to add a capability you don’t already have.

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 01:51 AM

I agree with knotscott… if you already have a planer and a joiner then whilst upgrading them is nice but not really needed… but why not upgrade something you don’t have in your shop which will open other doors of things you can do for other projects?

Just my 2 cents.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 02:49 AM

Well this makes three for adding capability. I just added a old drum sander and find I LOVE it. I had to make a better dust collection to keep up with the dust, so that might be a thought. I am trying out a new ceramic abrasive for the drum sander that clogs less and last a long time. comes from Keystone Abrasive. Don

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 03:47 AM

It’s great to hear from everyone. As I sit here tonight drooling at the Grizzly catalog I keep finding myself looking at the drum sanders. I really would agree that getting something that you do not have would seem to be the wiser choice. I do like the Dewalt but I think that using my brother’s 20” planer just kind of spoiled me with it’s capabilities. The things that I like to build are tables, cabinets, and bookcases which I feel that all of my tools are good to do with. When I first learned to fly my main thought was the bigger the better. Well that was not always the case and I think that still applies to my wood tools. Hi planeBill. I was called back to active duty after I had already retired for a short period. I joked with them when I got out this time that I expect 2 retirement checks now. I don’t think that I will hold my breath on that one though. I will keep on reading about the drum sanders from Grizzly and I would love to hear from anyone that owns a Grizzly drum sander to tell me their thoughts. Thanks again everyone, Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 10:08 AM

Can your wife talk with my wife??? I have needs too…......

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 10:35 AM

Is there a particular reason it needs to be from Grizzly?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 03:50 PM

Why not add a tool? dust collection, good sliding mitersaw,soft start bosch router or too,new bits, drill press. bandsaw, It all depends on what kind of work you want to do.find your direction first then buy the tools you need.
If you are not sure buy a tool that can b used for lots of projects.then fine tune for other projects that peak your intrest. when i want a tool i buy it…then ask wife for forgiveness..lot easyer than asking for permission.hahaha


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#10 posted 01-02-2012 07:30 PM

I want to say thanks to everyone for all of the helpful suggestions. I had no specific reason to stick with Grizzly it just happens that the catalog came to the house before I returned home for good and the wife wanted to surprise me. I tell you redryder I have 7 brothers that all want my wife to talk to theirs. I wouldn’t trade her for the world and I consider myself the luckiest guy every day. Of course it doesn’t hurt to surprise her once in awhile with a gift for no particular reason. I have made the decision to go with a drum sander since I already have most other large tools already. I will keep everyone posted as to what I get whether it’s a new or used one. Well I am off to check CL and to see what I can find used. Happy New Year again to everyone. Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 07:44 PM

I can’t say enough good stuff about Grizz. Price/value relationship is what I seek.
Have ya got a really good band saw?


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#12 posted 01-04-2012 06:00 PM

Hi Bill White, I have a Delta 14” 1 1/2hp band saw with a 6” riser. The one thing I am going to do is machine all new pulleys on all of the machines and install link belts. I had a guy offer me a Craftsman 18/36 drum sander for $400 and another a Palmgren 18/36 for $550. I have narrowed it down to either the Palmgren or the Grizzly Baby 12”. I am leaning towards new for such a little price difference from the used one. The guy with the Palmgren bought out a distributor who had about 500 of the units and there is no tax and he will deliver close to me. I will keep everyone posted as to which way I go. Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 08:36 PM

Hi again, well I finally finished machining new pulleys for my larger tools and installed link belts on all of them. I also had a guy contact me through a friend and offered me a Performax 16-32 for $325. The conveyor belt has a small tear but I found a replacement for $25. So I guess for $350 it was a no brainier as I was ready to spend up to $600. I will let everyone know how it goes and I will try to post some pictures of the sander and the shop. Take care, Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 08:59 PM

Definitilyget the drum sander as you can plane wide boadrs to proper thickness and waste less wood does a great job I have a ryobi 1632 but I broke the drive gear box 15 years old but king and delta have one here in Canada. the nice thing is you can sand 32 inch wide tops with them

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 09:21 PM

Hi andysden, I pick it up Wednesday morning and I can’t wait to try it out. It was a luxury item that for years I could not justify. But at this price I could not pass it up. Flyboy

-- 160th S.O.A.R

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