Grizzly Drum Sander

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Review by GuyK posted 05-25-2013 11:58 AM 11132 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last Saturday I and about 1000 other woodworkers went to the tent sale at Grizzly in Muncy, Pa. I made a small purchase of some glue and drill bits and just spent most of the time there looking at tools that I didn’t have in the shop. One tool that I looked at while there was the Grizzly G1066Z 24” Drum Sander. I was really impressed by all the features it has and the quality of the tool. After coming back to the shop and discussing with Chairman of the Board ( no not my wife ) the real Chairman of the farm, I / we decided it was a good tool to have in the shop. So off I went back to Grizzly to purchase it. After getting it back to the shop and taking maybe a hour to put it together, that includes the separate Shop Fox wheel base, I gave it, its first trail run. WOW I am one happy woodworker. This tool is just amazing. First I ran some rough 4/4 Oak through. It came out beautiful. Very little dust if any and very smooth with no snipe. One thing that caught my attention with this sander very quickly was how quite it is. If it wasn’t for the vac, I wouldn’t have the need for ear protection.

Ok everything has gone well so far so lets really give this sander a test and rum some rough 12/4 walnut through to see if it handles it. With the VS conveyor belt it took it with ease and had that walnut smooth in just a couple of passes.

If you are looking for a drum sander that really is solid and does a great job, I would recommend you take a minute and look at this Grizzly. I will review it again in the future and let you know how the long term is.

-- Guy Kroll

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 02:40 PM

Why are you running rough lumber thru the sander? That’s what they make planers for. That has to be wearing on your sand papers.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 03:12 PM

Bogeyguy, it was done as a test of the sander.

-- Guy Kroll

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 03:20 PM

congrats on the sander.looking forward to long term review.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 05:22 AM

very smooth with no snipe.

I have never owned a drum sander but would like to give it a serious look.
Do you really expect “snipe” from a drum sander??
I thought this was for finish work.
I agree with Bogeyguy, why would you run rough anything through a drum sander??

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 11:25 AM

Mike, yes you can get snipe with a drum sander. Any tool that you feed wood into with pressure rollers and rotating blades or sandpaper can cause “Snipe”. There maybe some exceptions but none that I know of. If you go to Grizzly’s website and look up the manual for this machine, you will see on page 16 their instructions on adjustments to be made to eliminate snipe. Also I am sure that most drum sanders are made for strictly ”Finish Work” but when you have nothing to finish in your shop and you just want to “TEST” the new machine you just bought, you use what you have. I don’t see the big deal in running rough through the sander. If it in someway ruins the sandpaper on the rollers, I will replace it. The grit that is on there is not the grit I want to use anyway. Thank you for your concerns and interest. Yes and please give this machine a serious look it is well worth it.

-- Guy Kroll

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 12:46 PM

thanks for heads up on this, and I hope you come back in a year & give it a time tested review.

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 08:50 PM

It’s your freakin sander you can run whatever you want through it. And anyone who knows anything about a drum sander -say someone who is interested and maybe done some research- would know you can get snipe from a drum sander.

Looks like a solid unit and I have been thinking of getting one myself. I want to investigate the way the paper attaches a little more and see before I buy though.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 09:44 PM

Kevin, one of the best features of this unit is the Hook & Loop system for the sandpaper. No clips to worry about, just cut to size, roll on drum and put some tape on the ends and you are ready to go. Thanks for your interest.

-- Guy Kroll

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 06:43 PM

It’s know as abrasive planing , and used quite often if you have highly figured woods that if put through a planer , would cause grain tear out. That is the main reason for me buying my drum sanders in the first place. Of course I use them for most other sanding purposes , with just a matter of changing grits to accomplish what you need done. And , yes , snipe can also be an issue with drum sanders.

Looking forward to your next review or update after you put some miles on this one : )

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

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#10 posted 05-31-2013 02:26 PM

Not to get too personal or highjack the thread, but what kind of savings did you get from the tent sale? I’m in the market for a new TS and am looking at the G0691 and wondering if the tent sale was worth the 7 hour roundtrip and angry crowds based on your experience. I haven’t heard a lot of good things about the tent sales in the past.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#11 posted 05-31-2013 02:47 PM

I know a local manufacturer of outstanding cedar furniture and pergolas who uses sanders exclusively to thickness his stock. I’ve also used my Performax, starting with 24 grit paper and working to 120, to thickness highly figured and brittle wood that even a Shelix head beat up…

Naturally, a thickness planer can remove a lot more stock with woods that allow it, but a sander is the kitty’s rear end when you really need it.

My Performax will also snipe. With any sander, it’s important to install coarse grits when you want to remove more stock. Taking too big of a bite will really haunt you sometime, as every once in a while, they’ll be a defect in the wood that burns. The burn may deeply stripe the wood and destroy that section of the paper. Soooo… Need more stock removed? Go to a coarser grit.

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#12 posted 05-31-2013 03:16 PM

Hello BuzzBate, I really didn’t get any savings from the tent sale. The sander I bought was not on sale for the tent sale but it is in their summer sales catalog. Even though I don’t need a table saw at this time, I did look at the table saws they had in the store. I have to say I was impressed, they seemed to be very solid and well built. This sander is the 5th tool I have purchased from Grizzly and other than a few small things, I am very happy with them.
I can’t imagine that the tent sales are anything bad. They have been holding them for a long time and they really get the people there. I don’t think I have ever seen so many pick-ups and trailer in one place in my life. I just read the info on that saw, that is a nice one for sure. Good Luck and let me know what you decide.

-- Guy Kroll

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#13 posted 05-31-2013 03:19 PM

Barry thanks for verifying what I said in some earlier post.

-- Guy Kroll

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#14 posted 05-31-2013 05:09 PM

How about a review on that G0490 jointer in the photo?
How do you like it?


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 05-31-2013 05:51 PM

Willie, I have had this jointer for two years now. It works great and I have had only one problem with it. That was that the lower pulley for the belt kept coming loose. The problem was solved with the use of some loctite on it. Haven’t had a issue since. It adjust very easy and holds it’s settings. One word of advice, have someone help you put it together if you decide to get one. It is very heavy, it took three big guys here at the farm to lift the table onto it’s base. One other thing to consider is to have a good vac for use with it. It produces a lot of sawdust/chips rather quickly. I would recommend this jointer to anyone.

-- Guy Kroll

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