Grizzly G0459 12” baby drum sander sets wallop in terms of smoothing wood and giving it an ultimate finish. This sander is equipped with 1 ½ horsepower sanding motor. It has a variable fast conveyor motor, as well as a gear-bench elevation handwheel, wherein it is really useful, making the process as easy as it gets.
- The sanding motor has one and a half horsepower, with 110 volts and is single-phase
- Two adaptable pressure rollers
- Conveyor motor of 1/8 horsepower
- Single-phase, mutable speed 5-35 FPM
- Dust collection port: 2 1/2”
- It has 2127 FPM drum surface speed
- Thickness scale
- Variable speed of 5-35 FPM
- Highest stock dimensions: 12 inches wide x 3 ¾ inches thick
- Side handles for movability
- Lowest stock length: 8 inches
- Sanding drum size: 4 inches
- Sanding belt size: 3 inches
- Estimated shipping weight of 160 pounds
- Steel dust scoop capitalizes on dust collection capability
- Welded steel structure
- Industrial-duty conveyor belt
There are a lot of advantages that you can get when buying this product. The major use of this sander is for the smoothening face frames. The tracking belts are holding the pieces in place even when you sand several times.
One of the best tips is that you need to use a circuit that is 18 amps, or else you’ll be resetting the said circuit breaker. Fifteen amps can also work well provided that you will not push the said sander too firm or hard, especially when you are sanding the wide pieces. This product comes with a warranty, wherein you can replace it with a new one if it’s not properly working.
The disadvantages this product has are not that big in comparison to other sanders available on the market. It can break or get quickly damaged if you are not using it properly. Some people who bought this product are saying that this product is indeed dream equipment when it is working properly. The major flaw of this product can be the conveyor belt motor. The tiny drive shaft sometimes shafts wherein the said shaft is crushed in a worm gear.
Others, especially those who are in the furniture business, find this product a blessing in disguise. Some testimonials say that for this product to work well, you are entitled to install a 30 amp breaker and an outlet in this machine, but the best thing is that you will be saving your time, especially in surface sanding. The first thing that you should bear in mind is that you don’t need to use it very hard because too much force can eat gouge on your wood.
Here’s a good video of Grizzly G0459 unboxing and first start:
This product is a great buy, as it will make your sanding tasks much more comfortable. This kind of sander is not that expensive and will suit you because of the innovative features. On the other hand, you should spend extra time and properly care for it so that you will not be encountering any technical problems.
This sander is a helpful tool to have. With proper use, you will enjoy its features and benefits for a very long time.
Update: This model is outdated and not for sale anymore. We suggest taking a look at similar drum sander JET JWDS-1020.