Evolution of a Shop #27: New drum sander

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Blog entry by Cory posted 934 days ago 3546 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve wanted a drum sander forever, but I just couldn’t justify a grand on a tool I wouldn’t use constantly. A few weeks before Christmas a buddy of mine said he had a 16-32 drum sander that he didn’t use and would cut me a good deal on it ($200). I pounced.

After using it on quite a few different projects I can tell you it’s become a go-to tool in my shop. It would have been worth the $1,000. This drum sander is the older Performax model (before they changed to Jet). It’s got the 1hp motor and the 2 1/2” dust port. The newer sanders have a larger motor and larger dust port, but this one works great none the less. It didn’t come with casters or a lower shelf, so I made my own mobile base and storage. I’ll finish up the drawer fronts (plywood with cherry edge banding) when I get time.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 934 days ago

That is a good friend that gave you a heck of a deal.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 934 days ago

You lucky Dog! Congrats on such a great buy (or would steal be the right word?).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 934 days ago

I’d say you pretty much suck! :)

Nice find you lucky dog!

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#4 posted 934 days ago

nice deal…good friend

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 934 days ago

Saw dust is extemely hazardous to your health! I will gladly eliminate your exposure risk by taking that god awful death machine off your hands and dispose of it fittingly (for a nominal fee, of course). Lol.

Great score and an even better friend!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 934 days ago

holy cow!!! what an awesome deal… you’ve got a gr8 buddy If there are any more buddies out here wanting to sell a drum sander at a good price, let me know. thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 934 days ago

Cory – really great find! This is a real sweetheart…..enjoy! BTW – you can order a brand new cover from Jet with a 4” dust port and I believe it is a fairly easy mod to install…...


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 934 days ago

Ya done good Cory! Now you owe that buddy a NICE project.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 934 days ago

Thanks for them comments.

Jeff: Great tip on the dust cover. Thank you! I ordered one with a 4” dust port.

Randy: Hopefully the new dust cover will eliminate the need to give my drum sander away to you!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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