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Does anyone have any experience with the grizzly widebelt sanders? I have other grizzly equipment and have had good luck, Im just not sure about something as complicated as a widebelt. Thanks!
I have had a Grizzley jointer & Grizzley shaper in the past.
I think the one thing they did well is name their company.
I don't own one but have a buddy who does. I use it on occasion and it's a good machine for what it is.
He has a single head machine with a 15HP motor. For normal use it's pretty good. If you plan on using it towards the width limit of 36" then it becomes underpowered for what it is.
But it does a lot more work for you then you could do without it. A 20HP motor would be a nice improvement.
I have the two-head wider belt sander with 75" belts. When it arrived the whole top steel cabinet enclosure was loose as well as armature that the belts slide on to, the bolts just needed to be tightened down. Other than that it works very well and gets used everyday (the European equivalent would cost 10-15k more). I also have the 12" table saw. Yesterday all of a sudden it smelled like melting rubber and I realized the belt was rubbing on the trunnion. I had to pull the motor off and reset the bottom pulley since it had moved about 1" away from the motor. It wasn't too difficult to fix but it took awhile to figure out the problem and it isn't something you'd expect from a two year old machine. Other than that the saw works well.
With Grizzly, you need to check all the bolts and maybe replace a part or two on brand new machines. If you are lucky, you only have to tighten the bolts. They have a large customer service group because of that. It must make business sense to have the customer troubleshoot and repair new machines compared to having better quality control. I've purchased a lot of their machines over the years, I currently have none.