Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander)
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I'm giving some thought to buying this belt sander.  Anybody have one they could comment on?  Mostly concerned with ease of use and maintenance.

http://www.grizzly.com/search/?q=(G1276)

Any other machines I ought to be looking at?
Mike


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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
I just went through the process of buying a belt/disk sander. I had on old American made one and it was almost worthless to me because it had no dust collection. I could have built some shrouds on it but wanted something bigger anyway. I looked at that Grizzly but really wanted me with a stand. In the end I ended up buying a very obscure brand that very few people have ever heard of. It is an Accura. I have not had the machine long but so far I love it. It is a robust industrial machine and the price was in my budget. I really wanted the Powermatic but just couldn't swallow the $1500 price tag for one. I also looked at quite a few used ones but they were all either way over priced for what they were or had no dust collection which was a big no go for me. Here is a shot of the one I bought.

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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
Unless you have a specific need for the disc, I expect you'd be better off with an edge sander.

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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
Rikon makes a good one
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
Powermatic sanders from the fifties thru about the mid 90's are often advertised on the forum for old woodworking machines (OWWM). I bought a 1970's Powermatic sander for $500 and with some TLC. have been quite satisfied with it.
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
I had the Grizzly combo but didn't use it so I sold it. Never used the belt as it never really sanded flat. Took up too much room.

I'd much rather have a bigger disc sander and a true edge sander.
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
I have a Grizzly belt/disc sander it is an older model though. I like it works well.
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
I bought a 3 phase Powermatic that had been sitting outside a closed High School woodshop for at least 6 months.  When I say outside I mean in the rain and snow.  I restored it, added a freq. drive, and use it quite often.  For parts I found that Enco and Grizzly parts interchanged with my unit.  Obviously in the mid-80's many of these machines were manufactured by the same company.  You might find it to be a better deal to go used.

Oh, BTW, the PM unit cost me $150.  New bearings and paint was about $50.  It took me about 10 hours to rebuild the machine.
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
If all you are looking for is a belt sander and don't need the disc I would consider this instead: http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-80-F...rizzly.com

It flips to become a horizontal belt sander as well as being an edge sander. I really don't like those combo sanders. I just built a new shop after an interstate move and a 4-year hiatus from fine woodworking and I'm considering getting both the edge sander I linked above and a separate 15" disc sander. http://www.grizzly.com/products/15-Disc-...rizzly.com
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  Re: Grizzly G1276 (Belt Sander) by gMike (I'm giving some thou...)
Patience can get you a great deal and money left over for more tools.

Example project sander;   https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/tls...71047.html

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