$50 24" Grizzly drum sander #2: Tearing it down and polishing

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Blog entry by drfixit posted 12-26-2009 03:05 PM 4520 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: $50 24" Grizzly Drum Sander Part 2 of $50 24" Grizzly drum sander series Part 3: Settled on the paint color... going to be different. »

In the last few days I have removed the glue from the drums that held the velcro on, cleaned them up and taken the machine completley apart.
One drum cleaned….

Both drums cleaned and removed….

The hold down rollers and top brackets removed…

The empty frame…

Well for some reason I couldnt sleep, so I came out to the work shop early this morning. I started cleaning, polishing and painting small parts, and due to the fine sanding dust, I waxed each moving part so that it acts like a lube with out the sticky mess of grease.

After refinishng the rest of the small parts I will make the missing side panels.

More to come if anyone seems interested, as this is my first blog about a project as I go through it.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-26-2009 03:58 PM

This is looking pretty good. I really enjoy seeing tools, like this one, that have been abused and get a new lease on life. This is going to be an interesting series to follow.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 04:53 PM

I agree, keep it up.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 05:05 PM

I have never had the need to tear mine down all the way but I am not intimidated by it. These machines are pretty simple. The parts are easily and quickly obtained with a call to Grizzly.

I have replaced the belts once, the rub collars, and the velcro on the drums without frustration, only a little time.

I want to warn you that you will absolutely need a 1 micron canister filter for this thing or you will kill yourself with the dust. The finest dust, which is the worst, passes right through the cloth bags and you will cough up brown goo for days after using this machine.

I upgraded my filter with a retro fit kit from Penn State.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-26-2009 05:12 PM

That is quite a restoration you have taken on. It will have a lot more meaning to you than a tool you simply went out and purchased. Nice job so far. Keep posting progress info.

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#5 posted 12-26-2009 05:14 PM

The dust should not be a problem… I have a 55 gallon drum with a thein cyclone, then the out put of the dust collector runs through the wall out into the woods 20 feet, so what ever the cyclone doesnt get, is filtered by the trees and bushes. BUt thanks for the heads up on that.
The only reason I am taking it to this extreme is because it has been abused, and has sat in someones garage for no telling how long. I am finding bushings stuck, a few missing parts and such. so, I am checking each and every part. You are right that it is a very simple machine, and the manual with parts breakdown can be downloaded which is a help.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#6 posted 12-26-2009 06:20 PM

I would like to see your progress as well …thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 09:14 PM

I look forward to seeing the finished product. Both sanding and planing systems are on my need-to list.

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 09:40 PM

Good job and I like the vac system to.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#9 posted 12-27-2009 05:32 PM

DC looks good to go!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 01-01-2010 04:13 PM

Hey Doc, Thanks for the heads up on this site and the chance meeting yesterday. I like what you have done in the past year. Especially the money saving tips. Will be in touch soon to see your shop. I need a blue drum to start my vac system if you run across one, or a vac system cheap: im me!

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