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Forum topic by Eastwestdesigns posted 05-17-2013 11:03 PM 3175 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2013 11:03 PM

Hey folks,
I am looking into buying a 24” {double roller} Grizzly drum sander and would like to draw some of this good knowledge and wisdom from you all. The concern I have is that my dust collector is a 1 or 1 1/2 horsepower and I would like to know if the dust collector will be sufficient for the sander? I only have one 4” hose that will be hooked up to it while I am using it.
Would like to know anyone who has any experience with this and your thoughts.


-- Steve

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 12:26 AM

Should be lots if you keep the run short.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 01:22 AM

My friend has a Woodmaster drum sander and added this home made “sweep” to the outfeed side to help capture more dust. You might consider something similar to help contain dust on the Grizzly—-

If you get the Grizzly please post a review after some use, I have not seen too many reviews either way on the Grizzly drum sander—

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 01:43 AM

It should work okay. You may get some nuisance dust
accumulating on and around the sander but the DC
should get most of it. Non-industrial drum sanders
don’t normally have the ability to cut deep enough to
make a great deal of dust. Compared to planer
shavings, the volume of material removed in a pass
is much less.

To test, get a handful of fine wooddust and hold it
in front of your hose with the DC running.

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 02:25 AM

I agree if you keep the run short. You definitely need a pre separator. this dust is the worst for you. If you have bags every time you turn it on and they inflate there will be a big poof of fine dust everywhere. a thein separator will help out.

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 08:42 AM

A 5HP drum sander will create a LOT of dust when sanding a wide panel. If your DC is 1 HP I think it will struggle a bit to capture well when sanding wide panels, but it will be far better than nothing. As Shawn said, a pre-separator is a must here, and keep your flex pipe to 10’ or less.

-- PaulMayer,

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#6 posted 05-18-2013 10:20 AM

Sounds good folks, the hose will probably not be more than 10’ away from the collector. The pre-separator sounds like a good idea as well! will keep you all posted.

-- Steve

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#7 posted 05-18-2013 03:05 PM

I have a 1.5 hp cyclone running through about 20’ of PVC pipe with 3 90’s and about 4’ of 4” flexible pipe and I can’t see any dust escaping from my Jet 16-32 drum sander. My only problem with this setup is more of the dust gets past the cyclone and clogs my filter than when it is hooked up to other machines.

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