Used Grizzly g1066 drum sander worth the price?

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Dave Smith

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11-12-2017 02:01 AM

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I have an opportunity to purchase a used Grizzly g1066 drum sander for $500. It is missing the main motor which I believe was a 5hp 220v (no explanation for why). Is in practically new condition otherwise. Does anyone know if the motor can be replaced with a off brand generic motor or must one be purchased from Grizzly? Any idea of cost? I have no experience with drum Sanders (but have been wanting one for a while) or with Grizzly tools. Though I have read many reviews of Grizzly tools on lumberjocks. Would you consider this a good deal?

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 02:21 AM

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 02:51 AM

Robert, has your account been hacked?

That seems like an OK deal for the sander, you’ll be into it for another $400 – $500 for a new motor, pulley and possibly hardware and wiring.

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 04:36 AM

I don’t have any experience with this sander but if there really is nothing wrong other than the missing motor, it sounds like a good deal but if they cannibalized the motor because the sander didn’t work ….? Without a motor, you can’t turn it on to test it so you might have to fix some other problems and it may cost you $800+ to find out. I only found 1 review from several years ago on LJ and it was 5 stars. Might be worth posting a question on the review or PM the author of the review to see if they have any new information.

BTW, grizzly sells a replacement motor for it for $351 including shipping. You can use another brand as long as it has the same RPM and compatible or adaptable mounting brackets. You probably also need a pulley for it.

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 06:15 AM

terrible machine, terrible price.
best give me link to it so I can scoot on over and see for myself how terrible of a $500 24” drum sander buy this would be :)

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 04:15 PM

Robert, ? Thanks everyone for your advice and opinions. I am constantly amazed at the amount of knowledge possessed by the members of the lumberjocks community. Holbs, if I decide against buying this, I will gladly share the link. Be quite a trip for you though to the middle of nowhere central Illinois. Space and money are tight and I could live without it, but I could put it to use. As a new one of these goes for around$1,700, am still giving it serious consideration.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#6 posted 11-12-2017 04:37 PM

I wouldn’t pay more than half for used grizzly stuff without a warranty. I’d pay less than a quarter if I couldn’t test it.

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 04:39 PM

I just picked up a g1079 grizzly a 16” dual drum for $300. everything worked. I think $500 for that would be a good price if everything worked. You put a motor in it and it is close to the price of a new one. I would be patient and keep looking. I was looking on craigslist for about 6 months before this one came up. I had tried to see a couple on others that were a little more and they sold before I could get to them. When this came up I was on it and got to it first.

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#8 posted 11-12-2017 05:46 PM

If you get it, buy the hook and loop kit from Grizzly. It really makes it so much easier to change the paper and will save a lot of frustration.

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#9 posted 05-01-2019 04:10 AM

If anyone has a line on one of these, functioning or not, I’m looking for one to replace the base frame and conveyer belt. We bought it used and I believe it was dropped, because we were unable to
Keep the belt straight no matter how many times we adjusted it. The frame seems bent or loose… Anyway, if you know of one priced reasonable or the parts I mentioned, please let me know!!!

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