The Grizzly G1066Z 24″ Drum Sander is a mid-range sander with steel and ball bearing construction and aluminum sanding drums which weighs 489lbs.
Of two Amazon reviews, one, from February of 2006, gives it a 1-star review, stating that
“after using it sparingly for 6 months the motor broke down.”
After contacting Grizzly customer service, three days of troubleshooting with techs, a 14 day wait to get the wrong motor, another 5 days with techs to determine that the motor could not be reversed and another 16 days to get the replacement motor, the pulley was so damaged that the reviewer had to get a replacement, clocking up another week for a total of 6 weeks of downtime. He has since sold his other Grizzly equipment to avoid the risk of another customer service failure should something go wrong with those machines.
The second review, from January 2010, was from a user who has owned his machine for three years. Despite having
“some small problems with it,”
he gave it a 5-star and stated he truly enjoys using the machine. His issues were with burn marks after running 100 b.f. of poplar or maple through the machine, and adjusting the drums, feed rate and height adjustments according to the manual proved to have no effect on the negative results. However, he adjusted the drums by ‘his way’ and said that there has been no issue with sand marks or burn marks. He said he runs 100 grit on the front and 150 on the rear but did not offer additional settings advice.