Grizzly G0459 12" Drum Sander

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.4
out of 5
Brand:
Grizzly
Model:
G0459
Price:
$575

Description

Don't let the size fool you! This Baby Drum Sander packs a wallop when it comes to sanding wood up to 12" wide for the ultimate finish. Sized for bench tops or sturdy tool stands, it comes equipped with a 1-1/2 HP sanding motor and a variable speed conveyor motor, and with the gear table elevation hand wheel you can fine tune the finish just right.

WOOD magazine review

Value price makes this a great first drum sander

Review Summary

This model features an easy-to-install low-cost hook-and-loop sanding belt and a tacky rubber feed belt that grips workpieces securely without scratching. It thicknesses stock up to 12" wide accurately and shouldn’t need adjustment. Fine threads on the height-adjustment handwheels deliver great microadjustability, but it takes twice as many turns to equal other drum sanders when making coarse adjustments. The 2-1/2" dust port chokes down dust collection.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Grizzly G0459 Drum Sander

Review Summary

Only Drum sander I have used, but very happy with this tool. Have sanded many end grain cutting boards with lots of glue on them. Saves a lot of time compared to my belt sander. Klingspor's has same type of sandpaper also.I use a 4" adapter for my small dust collector and it works great.So far the 12" width has not been a problem. Cost was high for me, but has been well worth it. I'm not a pro but it has improved what I do.
Just wish I could find 1/2" filament tape for the ends of sandpaper on the drum, but I just trim the tape to size and it's fine.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Nice sander, but needs better dust collection

Review Summary

This drum sander works great at flattening and smoothing boards up to 12" wide because the drum is anchored at both ends in bearings and pillow blocks, so it never gets out of parallel to the belt, like open end drum sanders can. Granted, it won't work for pieces wider than 12", but other than the occasional tabletop, I don't have that need in my shop very often.
More often I'm trying to smooth out boards that have planer marks (because I haven't changed my knives in a while) or running a piece of figured wood that's prone to tearout in the planer. I just wish it had better dust collection, because the 2-1/2" port doesn't allow for a larger collector, just a shop vacuum, and it can't keep up. I'm contemplating replacing it with a 4" port. And the belts sometime come loose at the ends during sanding, so you have to wrap them with tape. But overall, a solid investment and value.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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