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Blog entry by Tyler posted 04-12-2011 03:27 PM 1618 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my step-father recently gave me a Jet 22-44 drum sander. I was happy to say the least. He’s had it a couple of years, but could never get it to sand level and I think he just got frustrated – so now its in my shop! That’s the “problem” though, my shop is a bit small for a 22-44 drum sander, but I am not crazy enough to turn it down!

Hopefully, I can get it tracking properly and find somewhere to put it! If anyone has any ideas on either topic, let me know!

If this is my biggest “problem” for a while, I’m doing pretty good!

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 03:48 PM

see if you can use up more wall space
maybe french cleats and shelves/cabinets
for things and tools/supply’s/lumber storage

then you should have more floor space for the tools to live in
maybe roll a round’s
or even some of those flip/dual tool ones
or vacuum/air stations/storage

nice sander
and a great gift

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 03:52 PM

Very nice looking machine, it looks like it only is supported on one side of the roller, although the
support leg looks fairly heavy, and this design would let you sand a wider board, I think that might
be the problem. If you send it to me, I will try to correct the problem and will have my heirs return
it to you, LOL. Seriously, let us know if you find the problem, someone here might be able to help,
or will need help on this problem later.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 03:56 PM

@Patron – good ideas and some of those are on the “to-do” list already!

@Gus – I do plan on posting what I find was the issue. Hopefully, it just needs calibrating, but we’ll see.

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 04:09 PM

Do you need that big of a sander? You might consider selling that huge one and using the money to buy a smaller one.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 04:46 PM

If I were to buy one I’d probably get the 16-32. It was given to me, so I’m not sure I want to sell it…don’t want to upset the giver…

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 05:11 PM

what a fantastic present….I paid about $1600 for mine and am glad I have it.

I have thar same jet 22-44 drum sander and it is great…an invaluable tool. Keep it, you will glad you did.
Adjusting it to sand even is easy. Loosen the adjusting bolts and remove the sandpaper. Take 2 pieces if material that are the same thickness and place one at each end of the drum. When the drum rests on both peieces carefully tighten the adjusting bolts while pressing down on the drum to make sure it doesn’t move during tightening.
The drums occasionally need adjusting and this method has worked perfect for me. After adjusting I sand a wide board and measure with my dial calipers…and it is normally dead on.

Also, buy your sandpaper by the larger rolls and cut it yourself because it is much cheaper. I buy mine from Industrial and have saved alot.

Another thought…do not sand woods with a lot of oil or resin in them (cocobolo, bloodwood etc) as they will gum up and ruin your sanding paper real fast..

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 05:23 PM

I think this is a very special gift I hope you get it’s problem worked out.

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 06:53 PM

On the tracking / level issue, you might consider calling Jet support. Chances are they can help…

On the space issue. I see from your photo, just “stuff” on the floor. Clean it up, organize it a bit, and find a space against the wall to roll that sander when not in use…

Try laying out your space with a tool like Sketchup first, then you will have a good idea of just how it will all work before you actually move anything physically…

I wouldn’t sell it. 16/32 is nice, but the 22/44 added capacity is priceless, not to mention that it is a gift to stay in the family sort of thing…

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 07:47 PM

@dbhost – Yeah, the timing of this gift of course wasn’t perfect. I’m in the process of building shop organization and right now, everything is everywhere. “Once I get that done, I can put that away, and once I get that done, I can put that away”...and round and round I go. I only get an hour here and there, so it will take some time to get things organized, but I can’t wait. I’m just trying to remember that the journey is part of the fun.

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#10 posted 04-12-2011 08:08 PM

Congrats thats a nice machine!

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 08:15 PM

Apply to the wife for a “SEA” permit! Once approved, the Shop Expansion Area (SEA) will solve all of your space problems. In the meantime, ship the sander to me, I’ll send it back to you from my deathbed, thereby saving you that nasty probate wait that Bluepine is offering! :)

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#12 posted 04-13-2011 06:54 AM

@Greg – Do you use regular sandpaper or the hook & loop?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 04-13-2011 07:14 AM

Hey, I wish my problems were more like yours! I was just lusting over a 16-32 on Craigslist earlier this evening… if only I had the scratch…

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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