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Posted on Need help pulling the trigger! $5k for Bandsaw, Drum Sander, and Dust Collection

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 02:43 PM


I purchased the Grizzly 0636X 17” bandsaw a few years ago. I have had no issues with the Grizzly bandsaw. I have a Laguna shaper and conclude it is a fine tool. Based on my experience either manufacturer would ship a bandsaw that will perform well. However, from what I read, if a problem should arise with the purchase, Grizzly customer service may be easier to deal with than Laguna.

Drum Sander. Of the two drum sanders you list, I would be inclined to the closed end SuperMax. My concern with the open ended drum sander is whether any flex in the overhead arm might spoil the sanding operation. On the other hand, I suspect Powermatic as engineered as much flex out of the machine as possible and with the extremely shallow passes typical when using drum sanders, it may not be an issue.

I have a Woodmaster 38” drum sander, but Woodmaster also offers a 26” drum sander for about $3000. I mention Woodmaster even though evidently beyond your budget because they offer two optional items of equipment that make using the drum sander much easier. The first is extension rollers that support longer workpieces. These extension rollers come in handy when using the reversing switch, the second option. The reversing switch allows the operator to stand on the infeed side of the sander. The workpiece is fed into the machine. Once the surface has completely passed under the sanding drum, the conveyor belt direction is reversed by flipping the reversing switch and the workpiece comes back through the sander to the operator.

Perhaps either or both drum sanders on your list offer these options. If they do, these options are, in my experience, very nice upgrades and well worth the additional money. If not, looking into the Woodmaster USA made machine may be worthwhile.

The tone of your post suggests that you view a dust collector perhaps as more of a convenience tool (to keep the shop cleaner) than an essential tool. If so and you plan to go forward with the purchase of a drum sander, I suspect you will quickly conclude that a dust collector is an essential tool. The drum sander will generate a lot of dust that, without a dust collector, will lay on the workpiece. This dust will have to be wiped or vacuumed away before the workpiece can be sent through the drum sander again. If not wiped away, the dust on the workpiece can adversely affect the sanding job on the workpiece and quickly clog the sanding paper. If the dust is wiped off the workpiece, a lot of air-born dust will result so a dust mask would have to be worn, which could be intolerable in East Texas. If vacuumed, the shop vac would have to be emptied frequently.

Other Tools. Since there are several other tools you would like to purchase, it may be worth your while to drive up to Springfield, MO, and look around the Grizzly showroom. It could be an informative trip, and even if you walk away deciding to buy no Grizzly tool, I would think the trip would be enjoyable. On the other hand you may be able to buy every tool on your list and stay close to your budget.

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