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I run a small woodshop that makes custom tables and cutting boards. When I started out I did not have to much money so I bought the grizzly 18" inch open end drum sander. Even after a brand new motor it is just not cutting it. I'm looking to get a grizzly 37" drum sander. Should I get this product or get out while I still can?
 

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I have the G0449. No regrets, it is a decent machine. As with any drum sander, though, the max you will be able to take on a single pass is about .01". Maybe .005" if you are using the full width.

For any machine that size, you will need good dust collection…
 

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I feel this is the best drum sander on the market.

Phase (15hp vs 10hp) doesn't effect it as much as it being a drum sander. There is only so much they can do.
I couldn't afford a wide belt sander, large compressor and 5hp+ dust collection so I opted for this.

Keep in mind- I have run well over a thousand…. maybe 2 thousand glue ups through a dual drum 43", 40+hp scmi wide belt sander (not to mention thousands of BF)- and I am happy with my 449

.01 is pretty much a max pass. Most are more like .005 Sometimes you can only go 1/4 turn (0.0025), but the scmi at 40hp was only .025 max.

You will burn up paper!

If you can't afford a wide belt sander than this is your best option. Or try to save more money for a wide belt…. which might be easier to do if you buy a 449 first
 

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Just saw a very wide (51"?) grizzly sander in the greensboro NC area on Craigslist for $2500 I believe. Almost new and used only by a company. I thought it looked very cheap but I have no need for a 30hp sander.

I have no affiliation with the sander or CL, just haopened to see it posted.
 

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Ryan,

As Drew mentionined, single phase vs three phase is a non-issue. It is about how much heat you can put into the paper before it breaks. The 449 has more than enough motor to make thick enough passes that will cause heavy cloth paper to fail spectacularly.

If you already had three phase service to where you want the sander located, I can see where the three phase model would be a good choice. But not because you need extra HP.

And, BTW, one turn of the crank is about .02", not .01 as Drew implies. A quarter turn is .005".
 

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At the pricing, I would get the woodmaster over the grizzly. Even though it is single drum, they have great support and make an excellent sander, built in Kansas City.

i used them at the Marc Adams school… he has 2 of them (one in each tool room)
 
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