Affordable Drum sanding Finally

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Review by sawblade1 posted 02-25-2011 06:28 AM 14675 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I received this little guy in my shop :) Drum sanders are expensive especially conveyor fed ones however Grizzly’s new 10” drum sander fits the bill at 345.00 and put it into the range of most average woodworkers. To have one is a luxury but a well deserved one. The sander left the boards smooth and scratch and track mark free. I set mine up with 180 grit paper instead of the 80 grit it came with. I only give it five stars with a few exceptions. On the sander I received there was a few bugs with the conveyor that took me most of the evening to fix, the main bug was the belt had no power and then when you added tension the gear had a knocking sound after looking at the exploded diagram It was no more than a simple CV or universal coupling needed adjusting, then I was able to go back and track the belt properly, the other bugs were I had several bad bolts (threads) and putting the paper on the drum takes a lot of patience the first time :) However the sander overall is a great sander and performer. I believe these to be first run bugs and will not be affecting others I hope but for the price I could not beat it. I recommend it to anyone who wants a drum sander GET ONE :)

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 06:47 AM

Nice drum sander.

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 06:48 AM

I didn’t know this unit was around, it would work nicely with my Jet 10in Jointer Planer combo.

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 07:30 AM

Good buy, nicely done.
I am lusting for the GO459P…12” white drum sander matches my bandsaw

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#4 posted 02-25-2011 03:15 PM

I could not live without my drum sander (24” dual head.)


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#5 posted 02-25-2011 04:50 PM

That sure is a great price- I wonder why they didn’t just make it 2” wider to match the average planer. It couldn’t have raised the price much, and 10 inches is a bit small. But at less than $350, you can’t beat it.

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 06:46 PM

thanks for the info I looked at one of these but I still might go with a build of my own just to get a bigger size one I know all I need is a little one like this but it’s what I want.

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#7 posted 02-25-2011 07:01 PM

Congrats great score! I have the 18” V drum sander and love it!


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#8 posted 02-25-2011 08:09 PM

I want one and also agree with the white!
I love the polar bear series!
Grizzly rules!

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#9 posted 02-25-2011 09:36 PM

thanks for the I can order one, I was wateing for some body to reviue one .I have 11 other grizzly tools. It will fet right in with the other green tools.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 02-25-2011 11:04 PM

You will love having a drum sander, good score.
One thing I did to my Perfomax was to purchase the hook and loop kit that Grizzly sells. You cut the loop with the same angle as your paper and stick it to the drum. You then can use the hook and loop paper sold in rolls. I buy it in bulk and cut it to fit. Makes changing paper a breeze, the paper doesn’t stretch or overlap as it can without the hook and loop. No burn marks, and my sandpaper is lasting twice as long. It was a cheap upgrade, and you save a lot on the sandpaper by buying it in rolls.

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 12:05 AM

Cool. Thanks for posting. I need a sanding solution, this is a good start in my search. God bless- Prov 3:5 to you too!

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 12:54 AM

Pictures are kind of dark , but I think I’m seeing a bracket or support on the opposite side of the motor….is that a closed end there or can you sand wider than 10” by rotating your board ?

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 01:17 AM

Grizzly’s website and big book says you can remove this bracket and sand up to 20” but the owners manual is against doing it due to the head possibly moving out of alignment Use your own judgment me personally I wont be sanding anything wider than 8.5 inches so this works out fine for now plus I don’t have the room for larger right now :)

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#14 posted 02-27-2011 04:57 AM

Very nice, and very tempting to pick one up at that price..

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#15 posted 02-28-2011 08:10 PM

I have been looking at the same unit I think I will get one myself. Good Review….Thanks

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