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Old 09-27-2007, 01:14 PM
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Default Grizzly machinery

I am in need of a new belt sander/grinder. My old Craftsman screams like a mashed cat whenever you turn it on (plus Dad has it out on long term loan).

Does anyone have any experience with the Grizzly G1015 Knife Belt sander buffer? I dont do knives, but do need the sander on occasion & the 2" X 72" belt seems to be the standard for us amateur metal mashers.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:41 PM
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I do not own any, but they do have a pretty good reputation from what I have read. I can not recall any Grizzly-Bashing rants.

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Old 09-27-2007, 03:04 PM
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I was out "whoring" at a knife making forum some time back and did read that there are those that love the Griz' belted models. Sometimes they are upgraded a tad to suit the owner, but the reading seemed to support their worth for the money.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:29 PM
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If you feel like making your own, there are lots of plans for 2x72 grinders. Click here for one thread.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:44 PM
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I haven't used that particular machine, but there is one thing about the design that would concern me. The motor directly drives the contact wheel - nothing mechanically wrong with that, but the motor limits your ability to work to the left of the contact wheel. Most every commercial grinder mounts the motor six or eight inches back from the contact wheel, and uses a V-belt to drive the contact wheel.

If you build your own using a 1hp motor (which really limits material removal) you would probably spend around $300, but you'll end up with a machine that will last longer ... plus you can go with a 2hp or 3hp motor, in either fixed speed or variable speed.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by lwhiway View Post
I was out "whoring"

You speak as if that was a bad thing

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:42 PM
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I have a grizzly belt sander with a disc sander. I love the machine. I know it is not the same one you are looking at but I love mine. The customer service is GREAT. I broke a part on my grizzly band saw and they sent me a new part free of charge two day later. I have the 6" x 48" belt sandler with 12" disc. Has lots of torque and power. You cant stall the machine. Sometimes the 15amp motor does blow the 20 amp breaker though. I think that the machines they make are A+ for the money they cost.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:27 AM
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I had the same machine that ace has in an industrial setting. Geat machine and yes, if you really start hoggin' with it, you'll blow the breaker. Best to have it on it's own circuit.

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Old 09-28-2007, 10:57 AM
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I have the same Grizzly sander/grinder as Ace except mine is the 1750 RPM version.

It has done everything I have asked of it. Grizzly tools (and I have several) have always, to me, represented a great value.
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:13 AM
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We have several different items of theirs in my
dad's cabinet shop. ok for the price, but we have had problems with a couple motors, and several start/stop switches... Our experience with their customer service has not been so great, but most of those were some time ago... maybe they have improved.
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