Am getting ready to purchase a drum sander. Am primarily a "hobby"
kinda guy, on the serious side. Current thoughts are toward the
Grizzly G0458 18" 1-1/2 HP Single-Phase Open End Drum Sander. I have
several Grizzly tools (TS, jointer, belt sander, DC) but am not a slave
to them (Dewalt planer, Bosch 12" sliding chop).
I've been thinking about that one too. The only review I could find was
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
(You know, I got to that page because I absent-mindedly pasted Grizzly
G0458 into the location box in Firefox and it went right to that page.
Anyway, it's an interesting review. He seems to have had a LOT of
trouble and vexation with it, but admits it gets the job done if you're
careful and keep an eye on it.
It's the part about the dust collection not working that bothers me.
That guy used a shop vac and I've got a Harbor Fright DC, but still.
I'd like to know more.
> Current thoughts are toward the
> Grizzly G0458 18" 1-1/2 HP Single-Phase Open End Drum Sander.
Take a piece to a commercial drum sander and watch them do the job.
Your requirements will be upgraded several notches.
Around here it's about $25-$30 for the first 15 minutes, then a $/minute.
$200 gets of alot of quality work done.
PS: The guy is also a pretty decent story teller which makes the trip
I would do a Google search since this topic has many threads with many
Decent dust removal is a must. Be aware that open ended drum sanders are
very difficult to make parallel passes. Even if the drum is parallel, when
the wood passes through they can deflect.
Mine does, but I accept the slight thickness deviation.
For the record I have a Performax 16/32. It is the model before the latest.
Only a 1HP motor. When purchased it had 2.5in dust connection. I did a
home adapation and have 4in dust collection. Made a huge difference. I
have no dust removal problems.
Most drum sanders are good for light passes, but "power sanding" is not
recommended. These units are very easy to bog down if you attempt to take
off too much stock.
Personally I wanted a unit where the head moved and not the table. I prefer
to set my wood supports once and have the drum move at the material is
My thoughts are that I wouldn't want a sander which adjusts by
raising/lowering the table. There are certainly advantages to that
(drum stability) compared to raising/lowering the drum but it
complicates infeed/outfeed tables.
I often sand long, heavy things and have 5' tables at each side.
Since the drum on my Performax raises/lowers my tables are always
aligned with the tool table.
I've been very pleased with my Delta 31-250 drum sander. A bit more
money than the Grizzly, but I had none of the problems the reviewed in
Amazon had with it. For the record, most of my shop is Grizzly and had
they offered a drum sander at the time I bought the Delta (in 2000), I
would have bought theirs, just because!
Haven't been on rec.woodworking in years - here's my shop if anyone's
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