Grizzly G0716 - 10" Drum Sander
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12 Customer Reviews (4.8 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I've been using this machine for about five months now and can honestly say that I'm impressed. I bought this machine because I a) have a small shop b) needed a sander to take away some of the drudgery of sanding long boards with a RO sander c) did not need to "thickness sand", I have a planer for that and d) had around a $500 budget.\r\nThis sander has met all four points very well. Here are a few things I learned about this drum sander: There is a technique to using a drum sander. I struggled with poor performance until I watched a few YouTube videos and gained on insights. You can't use this as you would a planer. I can use between a half turn to a full turn of the hand wheel on the planner and get excellent results, The drum sander requires only an eighth of a turn, if that. I use a higher grit (150, 220) on this drum sander to get a finished sand. Lower grits really remove the wood but leave a pretty aggressive scratch pattern, when compared to a random orbit sander. You can remove the outboard support to sand wider panels with good results. Wood would slip on the feed belt when I first got it but have had any trouble with it now, probably because I figured out to go easy on the hand wheel! The stand is junk. It is too low. The low position will kill your back by the third pass through. I built a baltic birch plywood cabinet with drawers (well, someday) for this to sit on. the outfeed is the same height as my bench. Overall.... this is a nice little sander and I'm happy with the purchase.
All great on sander except very low to floor. I used the shipping container to build platform to raise unit 9 inches All is good now. No vibration and operation makes little noise but lots of dust. I make segmented bowls and this is just what I needed to sand segmented rings.\r\n\r\n
very well built sands perfectly . the dust collection works great
My wife and I purchased this in August 2016. My son and I put it together in about an hour. Very quiet, I sanded 8/4 cherry bowl blanks and some spalted maple. To our surprise did a great job for a small drum sander. Both my wife and I give it 5-star rating. A solid little machine with a great price. It will pay for itself in no time. Me for getting a great gluing surface for my bowl blanks. My wife for her business.
I just bought this, but I have put it through a good test. I am a home woodworker. This summer, I have been working on a pair of rocking chairs with bent lamination rockers and back rest rails. I have been using a friends drum sander for years, not a grizzly product. The gears on the drive motor stripped after 15 years. A new drive motor has been hard to get, expensive and of course on back order. The rockers for my chairs were finished, but not the back rails. I wanted to finish the chairs before my vacation ended, so I began to look to buy my own.
Grizzly had the best price for the size I am looking for. The customer support office was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable and fast. I got it in just a few days. Set up was easy it took about a hour and half to set it up and make the adjustments as directed in the manual. I jumped right in. I ran 16 pieces of white oak 3.5" wide by 24" long. I needed to sand each piece down to less than a 1/4" for a bent lamination. This is what I learned. This drum sander produces evenly sanded lumber. After sanding, the lumber is even in thickness across its width and length. This is a heavy piece of machinery, mostly made from cast iron. Runs very quite almost no vibrations. The drum motor is very powerful and the drive motor easily pulled the wood through the sander. As a test I put a piece of white oak over 8 inches wide and it surfaced one side perfectly. It did a great job.
Putting on the sand paper is very typical of these types of machines. I like 100 grit. Any coarser and it would take a lot more finish sanding. As for installing the sand paper, follow the direction and it goes right in.
The dust collection port is large and moves a lot of air with saw dust. Just a little dust escaped.
My only negative is the stand is a little short. If it was taller it would be a little more comfortable to use. The shorter height did make feeding wood in and picking up the wood from the out feed easy.
Another bonus is that I am going to make a out-feed table from the plywood crate the sander came in.
High quality great machine. Its a great size, it doesn't take up too much room in my smaller sized shop. Yes you can spend more, but then you would have any money to buy any lumber. Yes my friend whose drum sander gave up the ghost is coming over tomorrow to try out my grizzly drum sander.
Purchased the sander about three months ago and have been pleased with its performance. I considered a few of the bench-top models Griz offers, but because we simply don't have time to fool with the feed motor problems a number of the reviews discussed, we opted for this simple, more straight forward model and are pleased that we did. It does a remarkable job on the cabinetry we produce, is easy to operate and simple to maintain. Don't believe the comments on the belts being hard to change - just follow the directions and have a little patience - unless you're going through more than one day, its really not an issue. As mentioned, the machine is simple and easy to operate - not a lot of stupid bells and whistles - and can be easily rolled out of the way when not in use. It's not our first Griz machine and won't be our last - we love the sound quality, competitive price and great service that they provide.
Each time I change the sandpaper I have a dickens of a time doing it. I think the clamps should be switched to the opposite side from where they are with the pin clamp on the left side so it is easier to access. There should also be a way to keep the drum from rolling while working with the clamps. It is very difficult to change the paper. (For me at least)