Performax 16/32 Drum Sander #2

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Blog entry by WoodArtbyJR posted 10-05-2010 03:52 PM 2445 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’ve had some time to use my new tool acquisition and have discovered a few things (I’m sometimes a SLOW learner). My performax is of the older vintage and has a 2.5” exhaust port with a 4” adapter so I connected it to my Oneida cyclone system and went to work. BAD IDEA….....The Oneida system is a GREAT system but, cleaning the internal filter is not the easiest thing to do. SO, after using the sander for a relative short period I noticed that the suction was lacking and cleaned the filter. While cleaning the filter I had an epiphany, DUH, use the shop vac. MUCH easier to clean the filter…...Now I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my Grizzly 4 bag dust collector when I upgraded to the Oneida. With the bag type all I would have had to do was shake the bag and I’d be good to go. Oh well.

The quality of my cutting boards has improved greatly irt post glue sanding. My cutting boards are mainly made of South American hardwoods and after a few passes the planer knives don’t cut like a hot knife thru butter anymore so I start getting small areas of rip out on some wood species. VOILA, Performax (drum sander) to the rescue and the nasty rip outs disappear and you have a beautiful board. I also use it to clean up my cut edges prior to gluing (hopefully better glue joints).

This is the starting of the HEAVY Holiday Bazaar season so I haven’t had the time to REALLY ensure that everthing tracks true so in Jan I am going to put the fine tune to the adjustments on the machine. This is one of those tools that I am not sure how I got along without it. The only reason I finally purchased one was I went to my son-in-law’s dad’s shop and we cleaned up 2 end grain and about 6 long grain boards and I was sold. Thanks Clay.

I am sure that many of you have already experienced some of my whoa’s and if not then hopefully you can eliminate them from your future and learn my mishaps.

Love to hear any additional thoughts and problems I might encounter.

Happy sanding (or chip and dust making).

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 05:00 PM

I am still debating on the idea of getting a drum sander, my biggest concern against getting one is mainly the lack of space in my shop. I do believe that if my shop was twice the size there would be no hesitation! The problem I have is that my wife has recently taken up scroll sawing and is taking up the space I need for it! Don’t tell her I said this ;-) ! While I am thrilled she is taking up a fun project(s) , it is sort of cramping my style and I can’t make dust like I used to when she isn’t in the shop. Another problem I have is power to the shop is limited and I can only run 3 equipments at a time, such as dust collector, table saw and lights. Any thing else that gets turned on after those usually trips the circuit breaker.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 05:37 PM

Erwin, I am always full of opinionated free advice. So here it goes. You are absolutly correct in the foot print the drum sander (in its mobile state) takes up because of its spread out rollered feet. I too have a space problem. I just move it out of my way when not in use. I will have to come up with a better plan in the future though. As far as the power goes, I switched my tablesaw, Oneida and bandsaw over to 220v (better performance) so all I have to worry about is the 110v units (planer, drum sander, lathe, drill press). The drill press is plugged directly into a wall socket. The lathe, planer and sander are supplied power through an extension cord. What I really should do is replace the cords on these so I can plug them directly into my 20 amp wall socket and eliminate the extension cord thing (one less trip hazard). I have yet to meet a woodworker that has TOO MUCH ROOM in their shop. You only have so much power so you have to use it efficiently and decide which tools to run at one time. Good luck.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 07:40 PM

Glad to hear you’re giving a new tool a good home. As for room, have either of you thought of a “flip flop” mount? It doubles the useable space for your portable power tools. I’m presently planning such mounts for my drill press, belt/disk sander, band saw, and scroll saw, as I too have yet to find a shop stretcher for sale.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 03:55 PM

Tiny – I have seen examples of the “Flip – Flop” and in certain applications I think this is a great idea. For the Performax application I don’t think it would work very well with the extension tables it has, especially since they need to be very close in adjustment setting. I have thought of doing this to my planer but the planer is VERY HEAVY. I already have it (planer) mounted on a cabinet that is placed on a Shop Fox mobile base and the total weight is almost too much for it (mobile base) as it is. Now my chop saw would be a good canidate for the flip flop application. My garage has 12’ ceilings so I have built wood storage racks up near the ceiling. Most of my tools are on mobile bases so I can store them in out of the way areas and just scoot them to the center of the room when I need to use them. My biggest problem is the fine dust that my dust collector doesn’t collect. I found a homeowner on craigslist last month that was replacing his deck so I got a truck load of pressure treated 2×6 & 2×8s to build a wall in the garage to keep the dust off the wife’s car. Now all I have to do is DO IT….....

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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