Grizzly   |  Model: G1015
Knife Belt Sander / Buffer
Price: $575.00
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Grizzly G1015 - Knife Belt Sander / Buffer

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Although we call this a "Knife Belt Sander," it actually does much more than grind and sharpen knives; it has many different woodworking uses. Auxiliary arbor accepts buffing wheels, sanding drums or flap wheels. Belt can be changed in seconds with quick-release mechanism. Belt arm can be fully tilted. Without a doubt, this is the best knife belt sander around!


  • Motor: 1 HP, 110V, single-phase, 14A
  • Motor speed: 1725 RPM
  • Belt size: 2" x 72"–76" range
  • Belt speed: 3600 FPM
  • Left arbor: 8-1/2" extension with 5/8" arbor
  • Height with belt arm horizontal: 11-1/2"
  • Height with belt arm vertical: 39"
  • 8" dia. sanding wheel
  • Overall width: 29-1/2"
  • Cast iron body
  • All ball bearing construction
  • Approximate shipping weight: 113 lbs.

Buffing wheel not included.

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86 Customer Reviews (4.6 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review

Great for metal working 10/3/2018

Purchased this after using one at work for several years. This thing is great for All types of metal grinding. I gave away my bench grinders before I even got this fully assembled. Its so much faster and give a much better finish. I have used it to grind everything but knives.


This grinder was easy to assemble and installed in under an hour, works great and is a great addition to my shop.

Excellent versatile belt sander 9/19/2018

Been using this belt sander/buffer for the past month frequently. So far it does a good job for knife making and wood working. Keep in mind, the platten is higher than most 2x72 belt sander/grinder, I use a step to add a few inches to help.


this is a very nice machine. it only comes with one belt. buy the best belts you can.


The machine is good. It is easy to assemble and get running. The motor is strong and does not bog down. My only complaint-belt tracking. You have to constantly adjust the tracking with each belt change.

Terry L
Love it 7/4/2018

Has alot of power, can't bog it down. Works great.

Good grinder 6/28/2018

Grinder has good power and does not bog down. The power switch is a little sketchy, sometimes you have to wiggle it to make it come on. Seems to be a good addition to my shop so far.


Nice machine. Much better for knives and some other jobs than a grinder. Plenty of power. The tools rest is good but could be better.

Great for price 5/30/2018

For the price point this is a great machine. There was some alignment issues with the tool arm being canted at an angle leaving a gap at the far side of the belt but I will be attempting to bend that back into place soon. I love having the flat platen and 8 inch available without having to change tool arms out. I will be setting up a pulley system to adjust the speed at some point because this thing runs pretty fast but that can be helpful when removing a lot of material. Overall it is a great machine for the price and a wonderful grinder for the beginning knife maker.

outstanding sander 5/24/2018

I bought this a few months ago and my only compliant is the platen material wore off within a few days of use and I had to improvise a solution.


Good grinder for the money. I just started making knives and it fid what I needed done.

Anthony S
Excellent value! 5/11/2018

This grinder doesn't get bogged down.. very powerful. It has made quick work out of my knife grinding.. I'm doin more by double what I was before this grinder.. absolutely worth the money!

Chuck F

This grinder works well belt tracking is something you have to get used too but overall it is a nice piece of equipment for the money. I have used a homemade grinder for the last few years and even my wife has noticed an improvement on overall flat grinds. Havent tried hollow grinding yet.

Dabbert B

I bought this a bout a month ago, and I found it easy to assemble. One of the issues I was concerned about when reading other reviews was the tracking. The tracking is perfect and no problems. The only thing I would and will change is the tool rest. Needs to be a lot bigger! Great machine!!

Great Product 4/13/2018

Love my Grizzly!! 4/5/2018

I love my new belt sander.Now I can finish my knives!! Set up was eaay.Shipping was fast.I would highly recommend.


We have 10 Grizzly machines in our Gun Shop! They are great and the service I get from grizzly is awesome! Joe Dial is my salesman and I won't talk to anybody but him! Thanks Grizzly, Dead Fingers Gun Shop

Eric T
Excellent Machine!! 3/15/2018

I bought this product one month ago for knife making. This grinder is amazing! I personally don't understand the negative reviews on this grinder. Just watch some YouTube videos if you have a problem with this grinder before you write a review, easy fix!!

Excellent Sander! 3/11/2018

Ordered this for my Son-in-Law, he loves it! Great investment.


Purchased this item after researching sanders. Its a great sander and buffer. My only complaint is the rest doesnt run true to the belt. Ill probably grind to fix.

Stephen R

Been wanting one for a long time. My first choice was a Burr King, but who can afford that?

James W
Poor design 2/3/2018

Poor design, cannot get the belt to track consistently no matter what I do you cant get a straight grind because the platform is poorly designed and flexes when you apply any pressure to it. Whatever the product that is on the platen looks like graphite didnt last a day without wearing uneven. With the grinder securely fastened it still vibriates. Overall not happy would not recommend this product.

Jason S

Had to do a quick fix and the tracking wiheel. Belts would not stay centered and found out you have to put electrical tape and the middle of the tracking wheel To create a crown so it keeps the belt centered. The spring that also puts tension and the tracking wheel is not very strong to keep slack off of the belts. After researching this product I found out that these are very common problems with the grinder from grizzly. I think they need to start reading these reviews so they could fix these problems and not have the customer fix it with electrical tape.

Clay S
Good product 1/3/2018

First off its built sturdier then I thought was going to be and its easy to set up after playing with the tension a little bit the tracking was fine. I took a piece of 1 round and 36 grit belt and ground as hard as I could and never bogged it down I think me and this grinder are going to get along just fine for a long time!

Great for the price 12/27/2017

I wasted $200 on a multitool bench grinder adapter to a belt grinder for knife making. It was hard to use even with jigs. You buy cheap you buy it twice.

This one is heavy duty and rock solid. Belt runs at a high speed, the work rest is solid and stable. Easy to square to the platen.

Simple design allows for custom modifications with ease.

I wish I bought this one first


This sander is sold as a knife grinder. Unfortunately, even with the optional 10 inch wheel you will run into the motor while hollow grinding.

Jason S

I got this grinder a month or so back and its wirked perfectly since I assembled it. Ive made 4 blades so far and not one hiccup. The belt it came with was 100 grit and it was fine to experiment with and learn but after ordering some new belts of various grits its been 10 times better. My machine tracks fine as Ive heard others had issues. I really havent had much problem at all.


This was a major upgrade for my knifemaking shop! Definitely decreased my grinding time.

Great grinder...a game changer in my knife business...excellent 11/12/2017

Great product...this grinder is a game changer in my knife business


It's a great unit, and a really nice addition to the shop

Ron N
Highly recomend great tool 10/18/2017

I love It, not as versatile as I would like but for the price A+

Great for the money 10/10/2017

my father bought this machine over 20 years ago (todays date 10/10/2017) i now use it to make knives, its a little rough around the edges but still doing its job. here are some of the knives i have made with this machine and what it looks like after 20 years. i have put the 10" wheel on it

Michael S

I've had it about a month now. Made one knife and used it for other metal projects. I love it.

Ok but only ok. 10/2/2017

Motor seems solid and the parts look good but you will be disappointed. The instructions for assembly must've been written one time and never updated because they had missing steps for my assembly. Also the cast iron cracked when trying to put the arm on the motor. .... I am upset at the cost to value ratio of this product and wouldn't buy again.


After assembly and getting used to ajusting, it is an excellent sander for fast material removal. Buffer has great success do to the speed and power of the motor. Finally, excellent for preparing parts for assembly.

Nice Machine! 9/30/2017

Great Product. The set-up was quick and easy. This machine really removes metal quickly. Belt tracking can be a little tricky.

Jeff P

Purchased this about a month ago. The switch knob was broken off when I received it so they sent me another switch.
A few days ago it started shutting off intermittently then yesterday it shut down and would not turn back on.
Popped the On/Off switch out and one of the terminals had almost melted.
Contacted Grizzly to send me another switch today.

I love this grinder with the exception of the switch issues.

Ellis A

I was given this machine as a gift from my father-in-law about 2 years ago. I'm a hobbyist knife maker and use this for every knife. It does have its limitations but for a entry level professional knife grinder it is great. These along with many others were done on this machine.


I'm still getting used to this machine as I've only used it a few times since buying it, but it's a beast. So far I love it.

Byron E
Fantastic grinder 7/18/2017

I've been using a harbor freight 1x30 to make knives for the past couple years and just purchased the grizzly. I'm very happy with it. I'm able to grind the bevels on a blade in 20 minutes compared to an hour or more with the little one. If I could change one thing I would like a variable speed motor but for the price it's a great grinder. I would definitely recommend this for a knife maker

You get what you pay for 7/15/2017

A recent purchase and truly haven't been able to use it long enough to give a truely good review. I have purchased Grizzly products in the past and like the quality for the home or serious hobby user. I received my grinder, which I'm exclusively using for knife making and it was a fairly simple build out of the box. Two things I had to finagle to fit it properly. Changing the location of the top pully to allow proper alignment and adding a few washers to a bolt the would seat to shallow to allow a tight fit for the tool rest. I've ground a few knives and am impressed so far. And a HUGE upgrade in quality of grind from my old 1x42.

Joshua L
Excellent belt Sander 7/15/2017

It's a no frills get the job and keep working belt sander.


great product, glad i bought it, does its job as advertised

John L
Great product 7/5/2017


I bought this belt sander for knife making. It is very well made and worth every penny.

Gregory M

I really like the longer platen. It allows me to expand on the style of knives I can make. The grinder run quietly and efficiently. I'm very satisfied.


The grinder has done a very good job for me. I bought it to help make knives just as a hobby so I work with it when my back and rest of my body allows it. During set up I could not get the sanding belt to track right, after exhausting my efforts to correct this I called their technical department and they talked me thru the issue while I was on the phone and it didn't take but about 5 minutes, now that's Great service. I am recovering now from 2 cervical surgeries, will be glad to get back to some grinding therapy soon I hope.

Great product. 6/3/2017

awesome! 6/2/2017

works great and i added 10 inch buffing wheel
very happy

Belt sander / buffer 6/2/2017

Great product. Does take a little bit of time to plan out, mount and assemble the product. However, once assembled the product has fulfilled everything that I expected of the device.


Best knife grinder for $ , I have built about 1-dz knife's now & love it , had to extend the work-rest top for space for grinding jigs ti slide, the rest is very adjustable for the platen or wheel, I added glass on the platen face it's a must, the graphite sticker is trouble for flat grinds. All parts & Instructions were included and great , Tracking was touchy what i did that helped that the instructions did not indicate was i used a long metal straight edge on the side, from the bottom edge of contact wheel to the top edge of tracking wheel , i had to loosen the set screw on track wheel and slide it out so top and bottom all (4) edges lined up perfect and it tracks great, Ton's of power smooth and quiet. If there is one thing i would do different i would have ordered the 10" wheel vs the 8"

Ronald C

I use it in a small blacksmith shop Had it a few months now and absolutely love it it does everything I needed and more.

Awesome machine I love it. 6/2/2017

I highly recommend this grinder. I used one of these for several years at work in a fabrication shop. After quitting work at the fabrication shop I searched online for a place to buy this machine with no luck. I didn't know the make or model I could only remember it said something along the lines of "knife grinder" on it. I happened to find it several years later by browsing through the Grizzly catalog. I highly recommend this machine to anyone doing almost any type of fabrication. I love this machine! Funny thing is I have never used it for is knife making. You cannot go wrong here.

Isaac G
Great machine for the money! 6/1/2017

I bought this for knife making and am really happy with it. It does a great job. There is one thing I don't understand though. The plate that the sanding belt rests on has a semi-soft coating on it. It is hard, but if you sand in one spot or press in it leaves an imprint.


I purchased this item and waited about a month one a half before opening the box and when I did found the product it shifted inside during shipment and there were several parts that were damaged including one part that required me to have it taken out and welded just to be functional. Grizzly should work on a better packaging for their products and I should work on opening things a little bit sooner.

Mike B
Professional grade machine. 5/20/2017

This machine can hog some serious material. Fully adjustable platen, takes a buffing wheel on the other end too. You CAN NOT slow this machine down. If you're a knife maker, or just like to build stuff, whether its steel, or wood, this thing will turn anything into a pile of dust on the floor, and in a hurry too.

Very Happy 5/19/2017

I had been using a smaller sander and I used it a lot. This sander just simply works great. Fast, quiet and powerful. It has cut my grind time in half. I highly recommend this product. I think it is well built and the price you pay for this sander is very reasonable.

Very Pleased 5/17/2017

This machine is terrific. It set up easily, and tracks perfectly. The instructions are clear, but could use a step on aligning the idler wheel with the drive wheel, very easy. Shipping was very fast and UPS delivered to the door in 2 cartons.

Biult to last 1/26/2017

Hey ,thanks for asking. I must say i am very pleased with my new belt sander/grinder. It is as heavy duty as advertised,easy set up and adjustments. It was missing a 5/8 nut for buffer and washers for adjustment arm, easily found at store. Overall I would buy it all over again. Customer service was great. Veryhappy with puchase

Awesome tool. 1/26/2017

As a hobbyist trying to make a business, this tool has increased my productivity and quality. Very happy customer.

Awesome grinder 1/26/2017

Super grinder! The thing rocks! Only wish would be an adjustable speed option.

This has changed the knife making game for me! 1/26/2017

I have had this sander for about 5 weeks and it has cut down my sanding time even more then I thought it would! I Love it and it will be well used!

Donald W

Very good machine I would an have recommended it to several people I know

W. Kinzer
Customer Review 1/1/2015

I am communicating my complete satisfaction with the shipping, receiving, packaging, instruction directions, and operation. Job well done and a very good product!


K. Largin
Customer Review 1/1/2015

The members of the KELGIN Knife Makers Co-op would like to share these photos of some knives we make on Grizzly's G1015, knife makers belt sander. We are all volunteers that teach and demonstrate knife making in an effort to preserve both the ancient and modern skills of our craft. After years of use by some of our members, we are glad to recommend the machine to EVERYONE who comes into the shop to learn! We are located in Sevierville, TN next to Smoky Mountain Knife Works and the National Knife Museum.

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