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G1015 Knife Belt Sander / Buffer

Perfect for grinding metal and freehand shaping.

The long belt arm on the G1015 Knife Belt Sander / Buffer is exactly what you need for grinding metal and freehand shaping. Perfect for knife makers, the 2” x 72” belt quietly runs at 3600 FPM complements of the full 1 HP motor.

The belt arm tilts from 0-90°. The belt can be changed in seconds with a quick-release mechanism. Belt tracking adjustment is as easy as rotating the adjustment knob.

Although we call this a "Knife Belt Sander," it actually does much more than grind and sharpen knives. The G1015 has many different woodworking uses. The auxiliary arbor accepts buffing wheels, sanding drums or flap wheels up to a 10" diameter with a 5/8" bore.

Like all Grizzly sanding machines, the G1015 comes with a 1-year warranty which covers parts and assures the unit is free from factory defects. (Consumables are not covered by the warranty.)

The G1015 manual was written by our U.S. based Technical Documentation Department and is packed with useful information. The complete and easy to read manual makes it easier to assemble and maintain your sander.

The Grizzly Customer Service and Technical Support Teams are U.S. based. Parts and accessories for the sander are available on-line and shipped from the Grizzly parts warehouse in Springfield, MO.


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


  • Cast-iron construction
  • Auxiliary arbor accepts buffing wheels, sanding drums or flap wheels (not included)

111 Customer Reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars) : Sign in to write a review

Anonymous Reviewer
07/25/2020 2:08:59 PM

Exelent machine it's a good upgrade for me I love my new belt grinder thank you very much

Anonymous Reviewer
07/18/2020 8:03:13 PM

I received my machine about a month ago and have had zero issues with it. It was easy to set up. I has been a great addition to my knife forge

Anonymous Reviewer
Precision made. Great grinder for the money. 07/15/2020 12:40:29 PM

I am mostly happy with the purchase. Plenty of power. Tracking is somewhat a problem. The belts do not track correctly oh the drive wheel. Seems as though the drive wheel is a little concave and not flat or convexed. Overall, I do not regret the purchase. Maybe someone from tech support could help out the tracking situation.

Anonymous Reviewer
07/11/2020 2:16:42 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
06/02/2020 10:29:57 PM

best tool I ever bought I now make knifes in half the time and the blades come out better than ever very pleased

Anonymous Reviewer
05/15/2020 4:21:25 AM

Came in great shape. Set up was easy. Just havent used it yet

Anonymous Reviewer
05/08/2020 12:22:22 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
04/09/2020 11:15:33 AM

This is a good quality product and it comes at a great price.

Carl J
02/07/2020 11:21:42 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
12/30/2019 3:27:16 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Well made product. 11/18/2019 10:33:41 PM

Works exactly as described and expected. I am happy to say it is a great knife sharpener!

Anonymous Reviewer
Great sander, get your belts somewhere else 09/13/2019 12:57:26 AM

Great sander, just get your belts for it somewhere else.

Anonymous Reviewer
Better than expected 09/12/2019 6:56:24 PM

Excellent sander, well built, sturdy and should last for many years. Tracks both 2" and narrow scalloped belts beautifully. I wish Grizzly offered a variable speed motor version, the only way to make it better.

Anonymous Reviewer
07/10/2019 11:54:20 AM

Bought this a little over a month ago and I'm very happy with it. It arrived very quickly and took about a hour to put together, the instructions were easy to follow. The sander itself is very well built and runs great. I've had no problems with tracking at all.

Anonymous Reviewer
so far so good 05/24/2019 2:08:50 AM

I have only had it for a month, but I love it so far. Belts are easy to change. It seems to be well made. It is quieter than my 1x30 belt sander.

Mark S
05/18/2019 12:07:43 PM

I owned one of these in the past and sold it when I purchased a KMG 2x72 belt grinder. I always regretted selling it so I bought another. The item arrived in two boxes and I assembled it with ease. I did however notice that Part number P1015067 wheel guard arrived bent and does not sit as it should . I also have found that the belts do not track or align as they should. Also with the sanding belt tensioned as much as possible when applying light pressure to the belt it wants to travel from one side of the wheel to the other making me wonder if it will travel off the wheel. Also when I turn it off as the motor winds down it "Moans" I did not experience any of these issues with the first one I had purchased some years ago.

Anonymous Reviewer
Worth every penny 04/16/2019 3:16:44 PM

You can't go wrong with this for the money . I have had it for two months and have had no problems. works great

Anonymous Reviewer
Acceptable, but I would advise any knife maker to spend a little more and get variable speed 03/27/2019 1:32:04 PM

I regret not doing so and it is hard to avoid overheating with a single speed motor.

Anonymous Reviewer
Works great! 02/08/2019 5:52:56 PM

Bought this as a beginner sander for making knifes. Really happy with the purchase. For price and performance cant beat it. Even for being first time setting up a sander it wasnt terribly difficult and instructions helped tremendously with anything I couldnt figure out. tracks well and has enough power that even when really diggin into some steel doesnt bog motor down. Only thing I could see making it better would be a variable speed motor but then Im sure thatd drive the price up so Im willing to compromise.

Anonymous Reviewer
02/08/2019 2:40:24 PM

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William Y
I was impressed with the quality 11/26/2018 10:17:01 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Good 11/15/2018 4:14:53 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
10/25/2018 1:03:02 PM

If you do not have a 2x72 sander this is the best entry level price on the market. It is worlds away from the the 1x30 I started my business with. I recommend it to anyone who makes knives and has not made the investment yet.

This is an awesome belt grinder!!! 10/24/2018 1:18:49 PM

Before I purchased this belt grinder, I watched a lot of youtube video's, there were a lot of people that complained of tracking issues. I believe that their problem is in not setting the grinder up properly. It's not in the owners manuel but the top wheel has to be aligned with the drive wheel, and it's simple to do! My grinder works perfectly, no tracking issues at all, and I am completely satisfied!

Anonymous Reviewer
Great grinder for the money. 10/19/2018 1:37:05 PM

I only have one complaint about this grinder, and its a minor one. The graphite backing on the platen does not hold up to even basic grinding pressures. Otherwise this grinder was everything I wanted in a grinder and more. Quick and easy to assemble, its built solid.

Great for metal working 10/03/2018 5:32:45 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
09/24/2018 12:10:45 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Excellent versatile belt sander 09/19/2018 10:47:34 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
09/02/2018 3:26:20 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
08/26/2018 12:41:57 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
07/06/2018 11:39:51 PM

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 07/04/2018 10:48:36 AM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Good grinder 06/28/2018 2:22:36 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/12/2018 10:16:22 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Great for price 05/30/2018 2:19:12 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
outstanding sander 05/24/2018 4:31:56 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
05/12/2018 5:34:06 PM

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

Anthony S
Excellent value! 05/11/2018 7:14:21 PM

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
05/02/2018 11:53:03 AM

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
05/01/2018 9:43:09 AM

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!!

Anonymous Reviewer
Great Product 04/13/2018 11:54:31 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
04/11/2018 3:09:08 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Love my Grizzly!! 04/05/2018 4:34:42 AM

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

Nathan S
03/23/2018 10:48:00 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
03/21/2018 5:50:12 PM

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!! 03/15/2018 6:42:23 PM

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!!

Anonymous Reviewer
03/11/2018 4:37:09 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Excellent Sander! 03/11/2018 2:32:24 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
02/19/2018 2:55:55 PM

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
02/12/2018 10:28:36 AM

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

James W
Poor design 02/03/2018 2:40:38 PM

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
01/27/2018 1:45:27 PM

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 01/03/2018 4:00:52 PM

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!

Bryce L
12/28/2017 4:00:05 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Great for the price 12/27/2017 12:44:31 AM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
12/21/2017 4:03:19 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
12/20/2017 12:49:38 PM

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Jason S
12/13/2017 2:13:16 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
12/06/2017 1:27:48 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Great grinder...a game changer in my knife business...excellent 11/12/2017 10:40:19 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
10/30/2017 8:26:12 PM

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Joshua P
10/20/2017 2:33:07 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
10/19/2017 7:51:14 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
10/19/2017 1:47:39 PM

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

Ron N
Highly recomend great tool 10/18/2017 5:27:28 PM

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

Great for the money 10/10/2017 11:37:26 AM

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
10/07/2017 2:19:15 AM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Ok but only ok. 10/02/2017 1:17:24 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
10/02/2017 1:02:20 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
10/02/2017 12:43:54 AM

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Daniel G
10/01/2017 3:40:48 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
09/30/2017 9:31:33 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Nice Machine! 09/30/2017 10:53:27 AM

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

Jeff P
09/25/2017 7:31:01 PM

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
08/06/2017 5:22:28 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
07/19/2017 10:30:34 AM

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 07/18/2017 2:52:17 AM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
You get what you pay for 07/15/2017 3:03:45 PM

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 07/15/2017 12:11:12 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
07/09/2017 12:18:39 AM

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

John L
Great product 07/05/2017 1:59:50 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
07/03/2017 5:10:44 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
06/26/2017 3:26:54 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
06/21/2017 4:01:03 PM

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

06/21/2017 1:48:27 PM

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Gregory M
06/17/2017 1:01:11 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/10/2017 4:50:40 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/05/2017 1:03:55 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Great product. 06/03/2017 2:22:03 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
awesome! 06/02/2017 8:12:37 PM

works great and i added 10 inch buffing wheel
very happy

Anonymous Reviewer
Belt sander / buffer 06/02/2017 5:44:36 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/02/2017 1:41:35 PM

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
06/02/2017 12:21:50 PM

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.

06/02/2017 4:42:29 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Awesome machine I love it. 06/02/2017 4:04:22 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/01/2017 11:43:43 PM

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Isaac G
Great machine for the money! 06/01/2017 11:36:09 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
06/01/2017 8:35:42 PM

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. 05/20/2017 3:07:24 AM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Very Happy 05/19/2017 7:16:06 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
Very Pleased 05/17/2017 3:04:34 PM

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.

Anonymous Reviewer
05/05/2017 5:08:04 PM

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Anonymous Reviewer
Biult to last 01/26/2017 6:08:56 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Awesome tool. 01/26/2017 5:33:24 PM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
Awesome grinder 01/26/2017 8:51:24 AM

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

Anonymous Reviewer
01/26/2017 3:10:57 AM

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Anonymous Reviewer
This has changed the knife making game for me! 01/26/2017 2:27:01 AM

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!

Anonymous Reviewer
01/26/2017 2:18:07 AM

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Donald W
01/25/2017 4:54:37 PM

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

W. Kinzer
Customer Review 01/01/2015 5:07:43 PM

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 01/01/2015 5:05:22 PM

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. www.kelgin.com