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02-12-2015 01:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander grizzly tool resource question advice

I was looking for a drum sander and I have looked at the Jets and Grizzly. I found the G0459P 12” drum sander from Grizzly and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this drum sander or any advice on buying my first drum sander or any other brands I should consider? I would like to stay under $1000 and I don’t think I will need anything over 12”.

Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--


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#1 posted 02-12-2015 02:11 AM

I’m also in the market (craigslist market). I’ve seen a couple of jets and deltas, but I’m really holding out for a supermax 19-38. From what I’ve read, it seems to give people the least amount of trouble. I really dont enjoy working on machines—i just want to work on wood :)

Do you really think 12” is enough? do you ever glue up panels, table tops, etc? Even a small coffee table will be > 12”.

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 02:33 AM

I really don’t do furniture, I have a couple hundred 7.5” wide parts I will be making and this is why only the 12”. If I need anything wider there is a shop near me I can pay and they have a 48” sander or if I am careful with the glue up I can just use a hand plane. This was my thought process and also my planer is only 12” and I don’t plan on upgrading that any time soon. My other option I was looking at was the 18” grizzly, but I think that is larger than I really need.

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 02:54 AM

Makes sense.

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 12:53 PM

This is in the category of “other advice”: make sure you have something for dust collection, even the small ones generate a good deal of dust. It needs to be evacuated or it can cause problems using it.

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 01:21 PM

Have you considered a V-drum sander. They take off about 1/64” per pass and you get them up to 30” for less than $900.
http://stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders.html?dir=desc&order=price
Or, they are fairly simple to build.
There are a lot of guys on LJ who have built their own. Just do a search here for V-drum or Drum sander.
That is going to be my next shop project. I am going to build a 24”.

This guy built his own and did a whole YouTube series on his build.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57679
http://youtu.be/vqPJQcWBmRg
Good Luck!

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 01:34 PM

I know its larger than you want but I really like my Jet 16-32. You may find the extra capacity nice for other projects. As someone else has pointed out make sure you have dust collection for it.

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 01:35 PM

If you have a Vocational School near you they may have a drum sander and you may be able to get them to do it for you for little or no money.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 02-12-2015 01:43 PM

I have a cyclone, so dust collection isn’t an issue. How would a V sander work with 6’-8’ boards I feel like it would be pretty hard and that is what I will be working with the most. Also I looked at the review on the Grizzly and it seems like they are all pretty bad.
I have looked at the Jet’s but don’t want to spend over $1000 for one right now. If I can get a larger capacity for under $1000 I am also open to that. I looked at the 18-36 grizzly drum sander and it seems to have better reviews but has issues keeping the feed conveyor centered.

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 01:44 PM


If you have a Vocational School near you they may have a drum sander and you may be able to get them to do it for you for little or no money.

- pjones46

The only place I know about around me charge $50 an hour to use their tools which include a 48” large belt sander. I think it would, for that price, be cheaper in the long run to just buy my own

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 01:44 PM



Have you considered a V-drum sander. They take off about 1/64” per pass and you get them up to 30” for less than $900.
http://stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders.html?dir=desc&order=price
Or, they are fairly simple to build.
There are a lot of guys on LJ who have built their own. Just do a search here for V-drum or Drum sander.
That is going to be my next shop project. I am going to build a 24”.

This guy built his own and did a whole YouTube series on his build.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57679
http://youtu.be/vqPJQcWBmRg
Good Luck!

- KDO

I was considering building one, but I really don’t have the time and was just looking for something I could just buy

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 01:47 PM

What about buying a used one? The sometimes show up at reasonable prices.

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 01:53 PM


Have you considered a V-drum sander. They take off about 1/64” per pass and you get them up to 30” for less than $900.
http://stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders.html?dir=desc&order=price
Or, they are fairly simple to build.
There are a lot of guys on LJ who have built their own. Just do a search here for V-drum or Drum sander.
That is going to be my next shop project. I am going to build a 24”.

This guy built his own and did a whole YouTube series on his build.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57679
http://youtu.be/vqPJQcWBmRg
Good Luck!

- KDO

I was considering building one, but I really don t have the time and was just looking for something I could just buy

- steveinohio


You can buy the pre made metal one from Stock Room Supply http://stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders.html and then you just have to hang a motor on it. That’s what I did and I love mine. It has some drawbacks, compared to a conventional drum sander but if you want to sand things and keep them flat it works great

-- Earl

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 02:06 PM

+1 retfr8flyr

I also have one and have been using it for about four years and works great. The ony drawback for me is that anything over about 40 or so inches long is somewhat tough to handle. Above that I use my grizzly G1066Z.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#14 posted 02-12-2015 09:41 PM

I have the fences for mine and I can handle the longer pieces just fine with them. You should give them a try.

-- Earl

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#15 posted 02-12-2015 11:00 PM

I just got the Jet 16-32.

I had looked at the Grizzly, but saw a lot of reviews regarding trouble with teh conveyor belt drive.
I do not know if that problem has been fixed – - all the bad reviews are from 2009/10

http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G0459-Baby-Sander-12-Inch/dp/B000E3064I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1423781900&sr=8-4&keywords=grizzly+drum+sander#customerReviews

I bought the JET 16-32Plus from Schutte lumber at the Woodworking show in kansas City last month for 15% off.

So it was $951 and shipping was free. Full price is 1119. But there are Jet/Powermatic 15% off sales periodically at woodcraft.

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