Grizzly G0458 – 18” 1 ½ HP Single-Phase Open End Drum Sander

Submitted By: Shaun Guthrie @caskwoodworking

As mentioned by my last review on the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt/Spindle Sander I typically buy a new tool because there is a need for one.  This was the case with the Grizzly G0458 – 18” 1 ½ HP Single-Phase Open End Drum Sander which was $868.75 when I picked it up and is now $1110.66.  I had seen quite a few other makers on Instagram indicating they enjoyed this model and that was my biggest selling feature.  I’ve always had a higher opinion of a product that is praised by others, and this was no different.  My need however was simple, I needed a quicker way of sanding larger items such as cutting boards and glued up panels.  Sure, I could continue to use my orbital sander however that just takes way too much time and within one pass on the drum sander, all the glue is gone in seconds.  Call me sold.

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I purchased this drum sander in the Summer of 2016 and when it was first delivered I was quite shocked at the sheer weight of the device.  The pictures on the Grizzly site gave me the impression it was lighter than expected however what I should have read was the “approximate shipping weight: 300 lbs.” from the website.  Lesson learned. Also on that note and while we are on the topic I would HIGHLY recommend picking up the Heavy-Duty Mobile Base for this unit because as I am learning, moving this around is a pain in the ass.  To summarize this specific feature, it’s well built, sturdy and isn’t going to fall over.

Features on this drum sander that appealed to me were:

  • 110V, single-passed, 15 Amps power specifics. This was important to me and probably important to a lot of hobbyist woodworkers that don’t have a sub panel or 220v running in their workshops/garages.
  • Dust collection built in. While I don’t have dust collection yet, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the dust port and the bag that comes with it works.  It’s a lot better than some of the other “built in” dust collection features on other tools
  • Size is decent for a hobbyist woodworker and would be even more accommodating with a mobile base. Size is 50” H x 35” W x 24” D.
  • Variable speed on the conveyor. This is important so that you don’t burn the wood which is often a major problem with drum sanders I’ve read.  Being able to control the speed will help ensure right feed rate for your specific wood species
  • The last and probably best feature is the open end on this sander. While I’ve not tested the limits of stock through the sander, the site indicates you can sand stock up to 36” wide which is pretty awesome.

I have not used this sander enough to have gone through the change process, however from the video it looks simple enough.  The sander comes pre-loaded with 100-grit sandpaper which is decent however be warned it will leave some pretty good marks on your piece which will need to be sanded out via your orbital or another sanding device.  I will most likely up the grit to 120 so I’m not having to remove as much marks from the 100 grit today.

Again, I cannot stress this enough, ensure you get a mobile base if you have a smaller shop or want to move it around.  Without it you’ll be pulling on the base which is quite difficult to move around.

5 comments for “Grizzly G0458 – 18” 1 ½ HP Single-Phase Open End Drum Sander

  1. Jeff Jones
    January 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Shaun I am looking to replace my Ryobi ( my son borrowed it…looks like I need to buy one 🙂 )
    I am interested in your thoughts. Would you buy it again etc.. I’ve looked for reviews and not found a lot on this model. What I did find talked of feed belt issues and the inability to tension it properly. Also the maintenance of lubing seemed difficult any thoughts on these are greatly appreciated.

  2. January 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Hello Jeff,
    Thanks for the reply. You’re right there are not a lot of reviews which is why I figured I’d post one here to help people out. I did look at some other models however what really sold me on this was 1) the price and 2) being open ended where I could get some larger stock in there and not be limited by a closed ended model. I’m just a hobby woodworker so I’m not a production worker. I have no problems with the feed belt as of yet so I cannot really offer any feedback there. As for lubricating I’ve not used it enough to lubricate it, that coupled with the fact I was down for a good three months of the year as we moved and my shop wasn’t fully setup. I’ll be doing that in the Spring coming up and can see it might be a challenge given the parts that need to be lubricated. Outside of that, the price and the overall quality were what sold me on this and it’s been a great product. I’d buy it again at this point as I’m really not at the point to buy anything larger or more powerful. I know there have been a lot of others on Instagram, @legacywoodworkinglv is someone I know who has this drum sander and could give you more insight. Tell him I sent you.

  3. Gene
    December 31, 2017 at 3:26 am

    I’ve had this sander for about 11-years and doing much re-sawing for building mandolins and mandolas for most of those years, and it has had thousands and thousands of square feet of very thin sawn hardwoods and softwoods run through it. I idd have the carrier belt tracking problem the morning I was first setting it up but found that by using a little finesse and adjusting both side adjusting screws at the same time, in very small increments, it was soon tracking dead center and it has never needed readjusting since—even through two major shop moves and being manhandled up, and down stairs both times. Even the carrier table to drum adjustments have never varied through all that. I can run a 16″ wide by 1/8″ thick by 4′ long board through it and won’t have more than a 3 to 4 thousandths difference between all four corners.

    The main problem the machine does have out of the box is the—so called—dust collection system. The little Chinese engineer who decided that a 2″ collection port positioned at one end of an 18″ drum, connected to a shop vac would suck that vast a quantity of dust from 18″ away must have been smoking some serious weed that day. A few feet of kiln dried hardwood and it was becoming difficult to see the shop door twenty-feet away; run it through again and you could barely see the board coming out the other side. I cut a hole out of the center of the top cover, which is only a couple of inches from the drum, and mounted a four-inch manifold for connection to my dust collector. Now, not a particle of dust escapes my machine.

    I read machine reviews when I’m in dire need of laughter and I’m never disappointed. This evening I was actually looking for a possible answer to one small problem that I have had all along with my machine and that is trouble changing paper; the damned stuff NEVER comes out to the right length to enter the right hand Vee clamp no matter how I position at the start. And, no matter how I start, it always ends up covering the hole in the spring tension ring making me have to nip a piece out of the belt in order to set the tension. I’m pretty sure that the original belt—the one that must be used as pattern for all subsequent belts—was cut incorrectly, and I think the adjusting hole in the tension collar is drilled too far inboard of the edge. I’m going to drill a hole out closer to the edge which I’m sure will solve that problem but, it seems that I’m always in too much of a rush to take the time to experiment with belt length and angle.

    All in all, Jeff, this is a great machine. With some minor tweaking and a bit of patience…. and a modicum of mechanical understanding I believe it will run with any other machine of it’s type anywhere near it’s price range. Sure, I wish I didn’t have to oil the damn thing so often and in so many places, but as my old Aunt Sadie used to tell me whan I was a child: “Boy, wish in one hand and $hit in the other and see which one fills up first.” As to the reviews by the experts, primadonnas, and elitist woodworkers (Those ones who turn up their noses at Grizzly, online, but, truth be told, have a shop full of Grizzlies at home.)? Some of them need to be fed cheese with their constant whine, and there are always others who would pi$$ at a free beer party. But they make me laugh. Don’t be afraid to buy the Grizzly G0458. Just think of her like a pretty woman who likes beer instead of champagne, and may have a mole or small wart here and there. She won’t cost you a lot of money and… show me a beautiful woman who doesn’t have a blemish or two that we can deal with. Go for it!

    • Jeff
      June 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Best review… I every read! Life long wood worker! I’m still laughing with you! After reading your review…. I am on my way to pick up a slightly used One! (Owner is having “adjustment issues” All grizzlys…need a little tweaking..thats life in our world..thanknyou for making me spit out my coffee lauging! Wife rolled her eyes..after I read it to her…..im.still laughing!

  4. Randy
    July 2, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Gentlemen,
    Just purchased a G0458 off Craig’s list…used for $300. Ran machine for 45 minutes when I got it home…purchased from a professional cabinet shop…machine well cared and maintained. Not one problem with machine, a little larger than what I needed, very heavy…currently on four casters, , ordered replacement 3” heavy duty(300 lb per caster rating) will build mobile base.
    Just wanted to add my two cents….
    Randy

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