|Review by Taigert||posted 07-01-2009 08:41 AM||3491 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
The 22-44 Oscillating Sander was a Luxury on my wish list. But I have no regrets at all. It does everything it claims it will do and then some.
It comes in three boxes, the base, sander head, feed table. Make sure you have some muscle on hand to assemble this monster. To save on a hernia repair it wouldn’t hurt to have a chain fall, come along to lift the sander head. Besides being very heavy due to the solid cast iron construction, it is a off balanced lift. 90% of the weight is at on end of the machine, the motor end.
The directions are well written so assembly went well. I was really impressed with how well everything is built. The base is very solid and stout, there is no question in my mind that this base will have no problem supporting the load. The base comes in five pcs, that fit together really well.
The sander head attaches with for bolts from below, lots of room to work inside the cabinet. My son broke off some off the styrofoam for a pillow and just laid on his back, with no problem.
The only thing I would warn you about is that the sander head slides really easy sitting ontop of the base, it would be very easy to slide it right off the base if you are not carefull. You would not want it falling on you as your trying to get the bolts in.
The feed table takes two minutes to attach with four allen screws. The instructions warn you that the belt is over tensioned for transport, so remember to adjust it before running it.
Total assembly time about 30 minutes.
I couldn’t wait to see it work, hooked up the dust collector, and we are up and running. The closest wood I could grab was a piece of Hard Maple with a live edge.12/4×20x48 really deep saw marks from being cut on a old rotary mill. The blade dia. at the will is about 60” you get the picture. The 22-44 did a great job, it didn’t care what it was being fed, man does that monster make sawdust. I ran the wood thru with out the Oscillating on first. The feed rate will run faster this way. the next pass with the oscillation on. I’m running 80 grit as factory loaded, it does a fantastic job.
I didn’t get the infeed & outfeed tables yet, should have them in two days, but they are a must have item. They are at extra cost of around $100.00
Would I recommend thiks tool- you bet I would.
Well worth the money
-- Taigert - Milan, IN