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Forum topic by BigD184321 posted 04-04-2018 02:31 AM 718 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2018 02:31 AM

Who in cyber space has had an experience with a drum sander from grizzly in the 12 inch or the sixteen inch range. Want to use it for making thin laminate strips to glue together for various projects. Looking at 3 inch wide max to sand down to eighth inch thick. Would also consider other smaller drum sanders. Thanks for the input.

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#1 posted 04-04-2018 02:46 AM

Drum sanders look like real simple machines
but manufacturers have a difficult time producing
a quality machine on the lower end of the price
range. I’ve seen horror stories about the Grizzly
12” drum sanders. The old Delta 18” models
also have a bad rep.

I had a Woodmaster 12” drum sander that
ran a 4” diameter drum and had drive rollers
like a planer. It was a solid machine though.

I also had a Performax and it was crazy-making.
Newer designs are better.

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#2 posted 04-04-2018 12:55 PM

I once had the Grizzly “baby drum sander” IT is a 12” sander that costs just over $600. I had to replace the $150 motor that powers the feed belt every year I owned it. Just after the warranty ran out. I finally tossed it.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#3 posted 04-04-2018 01:11 PM

I have the Jet 10” drum sander, open frame so you can sand 20” wide material. It doesn’t have a lot of power, so you have to take 1/64” or 1/32” passes and at low to medium feed speeds. Especially with finer grits. I have had it for over a year and have used it fairly regularly for flattening segmented rings for turnings. It has been very reliable. Changing paper is a bit of a pain, as you will see from online reviews, but I have found it’s not too hard once you get the hang of it. Overall, I would recommend the machine highly.

I have not sanded down at the thicknesses you are looking at, but I believe the Jet would handle it fine.

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#4 posted 04-04-2018 02:18 PM

maybe THIS


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 04-04-2018 04:27 PM

I have a Grizzly 15” dual drum it will sand down to 1.5mm with no problem. Remember this drum sanders are not thickness planers. You need to stay with about a 1/32 or so cut and multiple passes before lowering the drum or raising the table. Trying for that 1/16 will cause premature wear on the paper, can cause the paper to come loose and or cause burn marks.
I will use the planer down to 1/8” and then multiple passes thru the sander to get to my finish thickness.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 04-04-2018 04:46 PM

I have a G0458, if I had it to do over I would have saved a few more dollars and bought a Supermax

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#7 posted 04-04-2018 05:29 PM

maybe THIS



If you like making jigs this might actually be a good option especially since you said the max was 3” wide. Spend a few days making the jig and save yourself a lot of money.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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