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07-26-2013 03:12 PM

Good morning, I am in need of some help buying a drum sander. I will not be using it an a daily basis as I am a part time woodworker. I am looking at the Grizzly GO459 Baby Drum Sander It looks good on paper for what I want. Does anyone have any experience with this unit. Any other suggestion are welcome.
thanks for your help!!

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 03:51 PM

You might want to read the amazon reviews, especially the bit about the crappy gears in the motor.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 04:31 PM

People say it is junk.

I have an ambivalent relationship with drum sanders -
they are a lot of hassle to fuss with and the paper
gets torn, glazed, etc. The work can get drum
marks in it too.

I have a Performax and a Woodmaster. I like the
Woodmaster better – since it uses feed rollers
on top instead of a conveyer below it does some
things better than the Performax and vice versa.

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 05:03 PM

Loren – What Woodmaster do you have?

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 05:12 PM

12” sander model. Bought it used very cheap.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 05:21 PM

For a lot less frustration, save your money and buy a wider, higher quality unit preferably with two drums. You might look into some of the Shop Fox Models.

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#6 posted 07-27-2013 07:23 PM

Thanks for your input. food for thought.

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#7 posted 07-27-2013 09:33 PM

I had this baby drum sander. I had to replace the belt feed motor twice in 3 years. Out of warranty. When the third one died, I literally threw it out. Approx $140 a year in repairs was too much for me. When it was working, it was very slow to sand even cedar and required a dust collector hook up. This sander regularly tripped breakers from the git go.

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 07:19 PM

I have the Jet it is to delicate I only use it if I need delicate even sanding.
I’ve seen some self builds on LJ’s that you pass the timber over
the top rather in between.
The only drum sanders that you can push through are a minimum
3 HP but 5 HP is best

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