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Blog entry by thebigvise posted 09-06-2011 04:40 AM 1004 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,
I’m getting tired of leaving swirl marks from my 21 X 3 belt sander. Therefore, I’m now in the market for a drum sander. The Jet oscillating 22” drum sander seems like a good choice. While I’d love to have a monster 5 HP Powermatic wide belt sander, I have to be practical. All I really want to do is handle final sanding after planing, then add no more than touchup with the ROS. Please give me some advice on this.
Thanks,
Paul

-- Paul, Clinton, NC



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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 05:31 AM

You can’t go wrong with the Jet 22-44. I have one now for about 2 years and wonder how I ever got along without it.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Bearpie

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 06:31 AM

I will be keeping an eye on this post as I’m looking into one myself but I’m leaning towards the Jet 16-32. I do not need the “big” one.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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tomd

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 06:42 AM

I have had the Jet 16 -22 for about 6 years now and I love it. It’s not oscillating, and I do not use it as or consider it a finishing sander. It does give you a flat even sanded surface.

-- Tom D

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 07:07 AM

Just take a look at these 18” shop made projects (they are on my to do myself list):

from LJ deucefour… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37140

from LJ Blake… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7641

and the parts link… http://www.stockroomsupply.ca/shop/drum-sanders/18-x2-v-drum-the-works-kit.html

BTW, the Jet 22-44 goes for around $1600. The little 10” is $600 and the 16” is $900.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Roger

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 10:40 PM

I’m like Erwin….. I don’t have one (yet), so, I’ll see what transpires

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 03:52 AM

I have the Jet 10-20, paid WAY too much at Woodcraft, but it gets a lot of use. Wish I had a bigger one but I have never seen a drum sander on CL. The build your own is a pretty intimidating project but looks like a popular project. I am curious as to how much you have invested in the build your own variety?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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BilltheDiver

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 07:34 AM

I use my drum sander on most every project at some point or another. A friend sold me his old ryobi cheap. One clip didn’t work well, so I bought the hook & loop psa backed material to apply to the drum, then ordered a couple of grits of hook & loop paper. It has worked great ever since.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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Howie

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 01:34 PM

I have a 9” sand flea and a 16/32 Jet. Both work well . I use the flea mostly for boxes. I do feel both are on the pricey side for what you get but….the 16/32 out of the box was perfect. I caught it on sale at WC for 899. I was in there the other day and noticed regular price has gone up to 1099.

-- Life is good.

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