When I moved to my current shop one of my goals was to increase sanding efficiency and capability. In doing so I picked up the Festool Rotex 150 and this Hammer HS950. The Hammer HS950 is a 99″ x 6″ floor-standing edge sander. The video covers everything I have to say about it so I’ll drop three of the major topics here.
Cost comparison between the Hammer brand and Grizzly brand as of April 2023.
The Hammer HS950 has a 99″ long belt and Grizzly does not offer anything at 99″. This comparison is from selecting the two closest belt lengths and sorting by least expensive. This comparison basically answers the “is it worth it” or “is it worth the Hammer prices” questions that are very common. In reality, when you make an apples-to-apples comparison with capabilities being as close to equal as you can find, Hammer usually isn’t the most expensive. That was also obvious when I made my Hammer A3-41 Tool Talk video. Same scenario.
Where to get sanding belts?
I don’t have a current go-to source. Previously, I made a few orders at sandingbelts.com but they no longer exist. I don’t know why that is. I you have a good source for sanding belts please let everyone know. Here is a screenshot of an order from January 2020 for cost reference.
Did that miter gauge come with the machine?
No. It’s an accessory item. If a little leprechaun came into my shop and stole just the miter gauge I’d buy a replacement the same day. It’s incredibly handy. It basically turns the sander into a giant shooting board where you can square boards and panels with ease. I use it a lot for sanding and squaring boxes at the same time.