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Posted on Grizzly or Woodmaster dual drum sander?

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 01:27 AM


I have a Woodmaster W-3875 single drum sander bought new in 2009. I also own a Woodmaster W-712 12” Planer, bought new in 1991. My woodworking is a hobby, so these machines do not get the use they would in a cabinet shop.

I think a lot of the Woodmaster brand for several reasons. The machines offer a simple and straightforward design. These machines can be fixed if a part every fails – which has yet to happen. The company offers a wide area of supporting products. I have had no reason to contact the company, so I remain mute regarding customer service. It seems that every piece of equipment they sell is equipped with a 5 hp brand name motor. The drum sander came with a Leeson motor.

The Woodmaster machine is, based on my experience, a good bet. My planer has been going strong since 1991. I have had no issues with the newer drum sander either.

If you were to select the Woodmaster, a couple of add-ons you may want to consider are the Woodmaster infeed and outfeed rollers. These extend the sanding bed. Also I highly recommend a reversing switch. This $100 add-on, with the feed roller extension, allows you to never leave your position near the switch and the elevation crank. After the lumber clears the sanding drum, reverse the bed direction and the lumber comes back to you. While dust collection with a CV1800 and a 5” port picks up almost all the dust as the lumber disappears from view, when it re-emerges using the reversing switch, some dust remains, which I wipe off.

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