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16-32 Drum Sander

16-32 Drum Sander

02-19-2015 03:18 AM by Desert_Woodworker | 26 comments »

Why a 1 star for a heavy duty well built machine: (can I change it to DO NOT BUY?)The “tracking issues” with the feed conveyor belt. When I purchased it new, the tracking belt was finicky ( conveyor belt drifting to the right or left ). I (you) will spend a lot of time trying to adjust it. And there are the frustrations that go along with spending a lot of money then TIME to make it run properly.Finally the woodworking Gods sent me to Fred Hamilton, the owner of http://accuramachinetools.c...

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One of my best purchases ever

One of my best purchases ever

10-29-2014 02:12 AM by CharlesA | 26 comments »

Back in July Paxorion posted a review of the Preppin’ Weapon. I was suspicious that any sanding block could be worth $21.95, but he gave it such high praise, and I was frustrated enough with what I was working with, that I thought I’d give it a try. This thing is great. I even sometimes reach for it when I might have grabbed my ROS in the past. I like the solid way it holds the sandpaper, the comfortable grip. the very even way it sands. I even waste less sandpaper because I...

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Performax 22-44 Plus Drum Sander (Part Two Nitty gritty)

Performax 22-44 Plus Drum Sander (Part Two Nitty gritty)

09-20-2010 01:45 AM by sandhill | 25 comments »

I will wrap this review up by saying I am 99.9% happy with this machine I will say the belts are a little hard to change until you get the hang of it. The machine came with 80 grit paper but I already have a planer so after testing it I took it off. I replaced it with 100 grit and that was OK for removing planer marks so I left my dimensions around 3/32+ over size. My first attempt at changing the paper was what I expected, I did not get it tight enough at the right angle or it was skewed in ...

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Performax 10-20 Plus Review

Performax 10-20 Plus Review

03-01-2008 08:12 PM by KevinD | 25 comments »

Specs (from the manual):Max Width – 20” (2 passes)Min. Length – 2 1/4” Max Thickness – 3” Min thickness – 1/32” Drum – 5” X 10” Extruded AluminumDrum Speed – 1700 RPMDust chute – 4” Conveyor Motor – 43 in-lb. Torque, Direct Drive DCConveyor Feed Rate – 0 – 12 FPM Infinately VariableMotor (TEFC) – 1HP, 1Ph, 115V onlyNet Weight – 96 lbs. My review:I purchased one of these a week ...

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Impulse buy lives up to the company name, and may save my woodworking journey!

Impulse buy lives up to the company name, and may save my woodworking journey!

07-21-2014 12:58 AM by paxorion | 25 comments »

I come from a rather impatient part of the world, and if anything seems like a monotonous use of time, I can’t stand it. So if anyone were to ask me what I enjoyed least (i.e. hate) about woodworking, it’s sanding. In fact, sanding is probably the part of woodworking that is most likely to cause my projects to go into limbo. There are times when I am worried that sanding will be the death of my woodworking journey! Enter the Preppin Weapon. I remember first spotting it on a...

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Should last longer than 35 days.  Right?

Should last longer than 35 days. Right?

05-12-2012 03:51 AM by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" | 24 comments »

I loved the design of this sander! It is very light, handles are in perfect positions, BUT not impressed with the life of the one I bought. I used it only a few times and it started smoking. It seems to get hot quickly. I have not returned it yet, but I will be very soon. I know I didn’t apply to much pressure because I was just knocking a rough edge down on a 5” corner board. Anyone else have any luck with this sander? I would like to get another but kinda gun shy now̷...

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Bad motor replaced with completely seized one.

Bad motor replaced with completely seized one.

11-10-2010 01:00 AM by lashing | 24 comments »

This has been nothing but a $700 paperweight. The Sandflee is an expensive unit compared to the model the inventor in Canada sells. However its made of steel and looks more of a real shop fixture. So I bought it. The build looked good out of the box. Very simple metal box. What they do not tell you is you really need to mount this to a bench. The unit is not something you could move on and off the bench as the motor to box connection is not solid. They call it the “portable 18” drum san...

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Good Vibes are NO Vibes!

Good Vibes are NO Vibes!

08-18-2010 07:09 AM by mmh | 23 comments »

I have a medium sized female hand and I’ve been told I have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand but I’m not ready for surgery. I don’t want to be out of commission that long and the pain is not constant or severe. I’ve been using a 5” 4.8 lb. weight Ryobi and also an old Porter Cable and they both vibrate the heck out of my hand even with using two special shock absorbing gloves. I hold the sander with one hand to move around my cane handles and shafts s...

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Not For Everyone But A Great Tool

Not For Everyone But A Great Tool

10-23-2012 10:19 PM by gfadvm | 23 comments »

My buddy VonHagan recommended this sander to me some time ago and I just recently purchased it. My experience with it has been wonderful: no vibration to speak of, sands REALLY fast, and leaves a perfect surface. I bought the Spirit model as it is lighter and cheaper than the Supreme model. I chose the 3/16” orbit (3/32 and 3/8) are also available. I also got the model that connects to vac. Using my dust collector and Abranet discs, sanding is as dust free as it gets. The down side for ...

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Probably best to take a pass

Probably best to take a pass

01-10-2013 08:53 AM by Purrmaster | 23 comments »

I’ve had this for about a year and think I’ve spent enough time with it to give a review. This is Harbor Freight item number 97181. Let me say first that, overall, I’ve been pretty pleased with the stuff I get from Harbor Freight. Both hand and power tools. But not this time. I would not purchase this tool again. First off, it’s underpowered. The belt and/or disc routinely bog down when I press wood into them. It happens less often with the disc than the ...

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