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Forum topic by panamawayne posted 11-19-2014 06:33 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2014 06:33 PM

The more I research the more I am confused on which route to go, I have a one man shop where I make everything to wood plank ceilings to furniture and cabinets, I am up in the air as to which type of sander would work best for me, especially for larger panels and wood planks 7 feet long..

I believe I narrowed it down to three types,

Grizzly stroke sander, I like the idea that one model they offer can be rotated as a edge sander (G0679)

JET 22-44ODS has good reviews as well

V- Drum sander such as the flatmaster or the kit they offer, I like the fact that this can also be used as an edge sander and is the least expensive option but they seem to have mixed reviews.

Any help from people with personal experience would be great.

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 10:40 PM

I have the “V” sander I built from the kit. I bought it to make chess boards but it did not work well for that. Gave me a wavy surface. I still use it when I make boxes. I glue up the sides of the box and before I glue on the top and bottom I run the edge of the sides over the “V” sander and it does a great job making that edge flat for me. I have found no other use for it.

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 10:56 PM

We are a two man and a part timer here and there shop. We primarily do cabinets and we use the Grizzly 37” double drum 10 hp sander and that thing is awesome. It works perfect for what we do. I got a steel on the price as it was nearly new without any real use for just 1500. If I were to buy new I would strongly consider Woodmaster double drum sander 50”. I am a Woodmaster fan. I do believe either the powerful 10hp Grizzly we have or the Woodmaster 50” would serve you well for many years to come.

Loren has made good comments regarding the stroke sanders. I believe they take up more floor space though.

as for edge sanding, I see a lot of good used edge sanders for reasonable prices. I am not sure of using one machine for both task. We rarely ever use our edge sander (Delta 2 hp), but when it is needed, it does great for us.

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 11:05 PM

I know it’s not one of you choices by this is what I would get.

And if I could afford it I’d buy a 37”

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 03:14 AM

Thanks for all the responses guys, I believe Jim had me look at the Supermaxes and I am purchasing a used 37 dual drum off ebay, it was within my budget even though it needs a new feed belt as the one on it is torn.. $170 for a new one it is 3 phase so wiring will be interesting.

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