G1079R 16" Drum Sander

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Forum topic by RRBOU posted 03-27-2014 10:32 AM 2377 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 10:32 AM

I am getting ready to get a drum sander. I have researched the options and think that the G1079R 16” Drum Sander will fit my needs.

First of all I need to order whatever machine I get from Amazon as I have about $1100.00 worth of gift cards right now and accumulating more from Amazon.

Shop size is small and the 16” would be about as big as I can fit and use. And I do not want an open end machine as I do not think it would be as easy to keep parallel. (I may be wrong in this belief though) Plus I like the idea of 2 drums.

Any comments on the GOOD, BAD or the UGLY of this machine.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 11:57 AM

I really like Griz tools and own several, but I would also look at this Jet 16-32 sander on Amazon too. I have the pre Jet Performax version and really like it. I have had it for a few years and have 0 problems. It performs well. JMHO but I may be wrong. Worth checking out though.

JET 629004K 16-32 Plus 16-Inch 1-1/2-Horsepower Open Stand Drum Sander, 110-Volt 1 Phase

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 12:15 PM

you are spot on in you thinking. The open end machines are hard to keep parallel. Keep in mind its not a planer, you have to take very light passes either way. After looking at the grizzly machine, I like it. My only concern is that it doesn’t have variable speed. I feel that is very important, not all woods sand at the same rate of speed. I would really look over the reviews closely.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 01:01 PM

I think that you should think about what you are going to use it for. If you are going to use it to hog off material then you made the right choice. If you are taking off light passes, I would look again at the open end sanders.

Which ever you decide to get, make certain that you have a very good dust collection system as these will put out lots of dust.

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 01:34 PM

Amen on Redoak49’s advice for a dust collection system. Without one either of these sanders will send up a dust cloud of sawdust!!

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 02:35 PM

I have the sander you r considering. I really like it and feel it works great .

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 05:46 PM

I have a thickness planer so I will not utilize the sander to hog off material. I use a lot of figured wood and am tired of fighting tear out, I want to use the sander to bring the material the last 1/6 to 1/32 of thickness so would use several passes to get this.
I have a good DC system and would run 2 4” hoses to the machine.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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