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Forum topic by robdem posted 10-18-2012 01:20 AM 2189 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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robdem

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10-18-2012 01:20 AM

Thinking about buying the 12 inch grizzly drum sander does anybody own or know anything about this sander. I am a hobbyist and would not abuse this machine. sander is on sale for 450 dollars


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#1 posted 10-18-2012 04:32 PM

MY father-in-law bought one to use on for reclaimed semi-trailer flooring(12”wide oak) and it does fine. You will need a good shop vac or dust collector due to the amount of dust. we have been using 60 grit and you can take off about a 1/32” at a time on 12” wide laminated oak. I’ve also used it on cutting boards with good results. I would not hesitate to buy one especially when price compared to others. It’s not a quick tool but the results are defiantly worth it. Think of it this way you can use it on end-grain with great results. You could make and sell half a dozen end-grain cutting boards and pay for the machine.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 11:46 PM

I had one of them (I paid $600 for it) and had to replace the conveyor motor twice, just out of warranty both times. It was costing me about $150 a year replacing motors. It does a good job of sanding. It is slow but sure but not durable. I finaly gave it away.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 02:00 PM

adaughhetee thanks for your in put on this tool have read a few reviews on amazon big proplem on this tool was a plastic gear that keep breaking don’t know if had this problem but thanks for answer. thanks Rob

Jim thanks for input did you replace the sander with a different model and if so which one and how do you like it thanks Rob

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 09:41 PM

Instead of getting another drum sander I up-graded my thickness planer and now use it and a “V” drum sander instead.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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