Grizzly G1014ZX Combination Belt/ Disc Sander ? Your Opinion Please.

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Forum topic by helluvawreck posted 03-20-2012 02:16 PM 5869 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2012 02:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly g1014zx combination belt disc sander grizzly beltdisc sander belt disc sander

I have decided that I need some sort of sander for sanding small boxes and other small projects/parts. I have looked at the heavier machines and I just can’t afford them. Actually, the price of this one is about the absolute limit of my budget right now. I have considered purchasing one of the small units at the big box stores but have come to the conclusion that they would be a complete waste of money even though I badly need a sander and even if they lasted just 3 months they would probably pay for themselves in the worth of my time spent hand sanding. Obviously, my hope would be that the Grizzly machine would serve me for a number of years and pay for itself more than several times over. My only power sander is my handheld orbital which I have used on larger boxes etc and it saves me a lot of time. It’s not going to be a help at all on small boxes so anything small has to be by hand.

If I just make one box at a time hand sanding is not so bad. If I make 5 boxes it is a pain in the a$$. I want to sand them at least through 220 grit, maybe even 320 grit on some boxes.

What do you think of this sander?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 02:26 PM

looks like a good tool charles
solid and big enough for the work
it will be asked to do

there are many out there
but most are to tinny
and tracking can be a problem with them

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 02:43 PM

I have that one,It is a great sander.I dont think you would go wrong. It iis a well built sander. It is very heavy It wont move from where you set it .Tracking on the belt can be a little tricky but. I like mine.

Wisconsin wood Chuck

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 03:01 PM


That’s a real chunk of Sander!

It’s probably a very good sander… for the right person…
... for me, I prefer the cheaper benchtop type sanders…
... easier to mount & move around and a whole lot cheaper…
... my Rigid belt/spindle sander handles my lite load very well.

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 03:09 PM

Looks like a nice unit, Charles. Too bad you can’t get it without the stand. It would probably be a couple of hundred dollars less expensive.

From what I’ve read, Grizzly stuff is good and will last. Too bad you are not closer to here. Some really good deals.

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 03:23 PM

Great sander Charles. The specs are good and it is very convertible. Go for it..

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 03:52 PM

Looks good… I really think you get your money’s worth from Grizzly.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 04:25 PM

It does look like a good sander, but I think it’s a little too big for the job. I agree with Joe L., a smaller
bench-top model would do a nice job and take a lot less space in the shop. I have a bench top model
and I use it to sand small pieces all the time and I love the fact that I can just tuck it away when I’m not using it.

-- Maine Rustic

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 04:44 PM

That looks like a good solid machine Charles. Is it a 12” sanding disk? I can’t see that you can go wrong with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 04:53 PM

I think this a nice size sanding center I have a much smaller version and wish I had at least this size or bigger.I like Grizzly tools and I think this looks like a nice machine.

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 05:15 PM

I like it, looks rugged.

Myself, I would opt for the G1014Z (same sander minus stand) and put the money I saved towards a G0723 oscillating spindle sander.

I have an old JET 1”x42” belt w/8” disc sander and a Ridgid model #EB4424 sander with interchangeable 4”x24” belt and sanding drums.

I love the Ridgid unit, and it gets used constantly. I never thought I wanted or would need a spindle sander, but now that I have it, I never want to be without it!

I use my JET for metal shaping more than I do for wood, but the disc is great when I need it.

-- Kenny

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#11 posted 03-20-2012 05:40 PM

I appreciate all of the responses. I believe that most of the tabletops are 4×36 belts and 5 or 6 inch discs. The Grizzly is 6×48 inch belts and a 9 inch disc. It has the following specs:

Motor: 3/4 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase
Cast iron table, disc and body
Cabinet stand with storage locker
Dual position table
Dual voltage motor prewired for 110V
Dust ports – 2” for belt, 2-1/2” for disc
2300 SFPM belt speed
Belt driven
Approximate shipping weight: 156 lbs.

This would allow me to sand small and medium sized boxes and larger boxes I could get by with my orbital sander. Boxes are something that I would like to make because some of them I can carve and/or paint. I’m not interested in making money off of my boxes but they do make nice gifts. On some of the designs it makes sense to make several while you are set up to do the various steps. There are friends and family members who love to receive gifts like boxes. Hand sanding several boxes and doing a good job is drudgery and can take out some of the fun. Making one box at a time is different. Since I don’t have any sanding equipment other than my elbow grease and my orbital sander I think that it would be a wise investment to my little shop. For bigger jobs I can always go to the plant where we have several large edge sanders and even some 36 inch wide belt sanders. However, having to go to the plant for my hobby woodwork does not appeal to me at all.

Thanks for all of your comments. If I decide to buy this machine it will be a sizable investment for me so naturally opinions of other woodworkers are good to have and I appreciate it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 05:49 PM

Thank you too, Chippy.

Kenny, I follow your logic and I do intend to get a spindle sander on down the road. I may even decide to follow that rout. However, the pros of the cabinet model are that I could use that extra storage room because I have a small shop. Also, because of my small shop I will most likely put rollers on it and the cabinet base would be a little more stable if it were on rollers. Not that it is very important, but it also looks nicer.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 06:01 PM

Charles, I think that looks like a great sander. Personally, though, I find my 4×36 plenty large enough for my needs.

I don’t know if you have experience using a belt/disc sander, but keep in mind they are good for rough stock removal, but will never give you a surface that is ready for finishing. You’ll still need your ROS or a hand block for that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 06:29 PM

I’m sure that you are right about that, Charlie – especially on the finer grits. But if the sander eliminates half the sanding or only a third it’s done it’s job and paid for it’s self over time. Also, we would be talking about only the difference between the two machines and not the whole price if I have decided to get one or the other. Also, there are operations that can be done such as the shaping of small parts.

Actually, I haven’t used a belt/disc sander for many years. Back when we used to make furniture we had mostly edge sanders and wide belt sanders.

The only boxes that I have experience making are boxes for the shop and utility boxes, some of them dovetailed with a router and a template and some by hand. Box making such as you see in the most popular box making books and also here on Lumberjocks are really a new experience to me because I’m just getting started and have lots to learn. I appreciate your comments, Charlie, and have seen some of your work so I suspect that you’ll be one of the ones who will help me learn about box making and I do appreciate it. You have some beautiful boxes in your projects pages along with a lot of other wonderful things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 06:56 PM

Did I miss what size belt and disc this has ?

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