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Forum topic by fishbone posted 03-20-2012 09:16 PM 1790 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2012 09:16 PM

I just finished a project that needed a drum sander (used someone elses) and am now considering this 12” one from Grizzly. Anybody have suggestions on this sized sander?

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 09:25 PM

I bought this sander a few years ago and now it sits, unused. The motor that drives the belt died ,out of warranty, so I purchased a new one. IT lasted just past the warranty. I decided that $150 each year was a bit too much so I stopped using it and use a “V” sander now. The folks at Grizzly were nice to me but after the warranty has run out they said they could not do anything. Now I have a nice big green boat anchor.

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 11:24 PM

Do a search here on Lumberjocks for “drum sander” and look at some that have been posted here, like these:

Plans for building a homebuilt drum sander have been published by both Wood Magazine and Shopnotes. I like the Wood Magazine design better than the Shopnotes version. The WM uses an electric motor for power and the SN’s version mounts to your tablesaw with a pulley on the saw blade arbor.

The thickness sander in Wood Magazine was published in issue 007 – Oct. 1985 – P48. The plan has also been published in several of Wood Magazine’s books and special publications. The Shopnotes thickness sander was featured in Vol 15 Issue 086 on page 28. The sander is also the cover photo.

Shipwright as built the best sander. He used his Shopsmith as the power source and built a sanding drum and feed mechanism.

Shipwright also has a 5 part blog post showing how he designed and built his sander.

I used an old Sears lathe to make my drum sander. It looks rough and crude and I’ve not made a project page or blog post about it. My total cost, other than the lathe was about $20 and that includes the roll of sandpaper I bought to try it out.

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 11:44 PM

I always struggled with the idea of buying a drum sander because my requirements for one are modest and it is hard to justify a big dedicated footprint in my small shop for something that would be used only occasionally. I ended up going with a Woodmaster 718 because I regularly need a planer, and don’t mind swapping it over as a drum sander for occasional use. The planer is stellar. I wouldn’t say that the drum sander is world class by any stretch (small drum, no platen), but it is more than adequate for my occasional use and the fact that the drum sander takes up no incremental footprint beyond the planer is my favorite attribute of the tool.

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Mark Grunow

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 12:17 PM

I own a G0459 12” drum sander I bought in 2008. What a mistake. First the belt drive motor broke, and now I cannot adjust the table up or down without the worm and screw gears stripping. Grizzly has not been able to help me, after a chain of emails. I purchased new gears and they are different then the ones that came with my sander. Grizzly have only three service centers. The cost to ship it back and forth, plus the repair cost will exceed the value of the machine. I’m done with Grizzly.

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