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.

2 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.

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