Wide Belt Sanders
I asked this question a few months ago. Anyone have any experience with the grizzly 15″ wide belt sander? http://www.grizzly.com/products/item.cfm?ItemNumber=G9983 How does it compare with drum sanders. Woodmasters and others. No one seemed to have any info a while ago, so i thought i would try again.
This is out of an old string:
I tried a Grizzly dual drum sander and after about 5 frustrating days took it back and bought a real machine.....the 15" Sunhill wide belt and use it almost daily. I believe the Grizzly comes from the same mfg., but may not be built to the same specs. Some of the sanders have a large main drum and some use a smaller main drum w/ platen. The Sunhill uses the large drum. Powermatic sells the same sander in the platen version. I'm not sure which system the Grizzly uses. I asked Sunhill for references on the machine and made some calls. These guys were all professional woodworkers and LOVED the machine. After thousands of feet of sanding my Sunhill has been almost flawless.......and the oscillating wide belt does a far superior job than a drum sander ever will. If at all possible, go with a wide belt. You will never regret the decision.
Sunhill has a great sale right now on their 15" wide belt. FYI - and no I don't have any affiliation (or even any of their machines).
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