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Posted on I'm thinking of buying a drum sander. Is it really as useful as many say?

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 02:47 PM

Hey Mike, I have a jet 22-44 and it has been a tremendously useful tool in my shop. I do find that the 22-44 for me is overkill because I never need to sand anything that wide. Other than that it has been a trouble free workhorse and gets a lot of use. I bought paper ranging from 40 to 220 grit when I bought the machine and 90% of the time I use either the 40 or the 80 grit.
Buy rolls of sandpaper instead of pre-cut sandpaper because it is much cheaper that way

I recently saw a friend’s SuperMax that he bought and I feel that it is better designed than the Jet. The top hood cover is metal instead of plastic and does not flex. The right hand side of the drum also has a little bit more room to accessing the clip that holds the sandpaper. Little features that make a nice difference.

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