Workshop #1: Performax 22-44 Pro

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Blog entry by Thomas Porter posted 01-09-2008 10:30 AM 17390 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m going to be introducing you to my shop one tool at a time. I’m currently upgrading and making jigs/fixtures for a number of my machines and buying some great industrial tools in the near future. My shop is coming together piece by piece and I hope to show you the progress as I go. So here’s the first of my recent upgrades…

I recently upgraded to a “Poly Belt” on my Performax 22-44 Pro from the original 100 grit conveyor belt. Most people don’t know this item even exists. This was a tough item to find… not because it’s not in WMH’s inventory, but because nobody knows the part numbers. If you want one, call Mel and Timber Woodworking ( Tell him that Thomas Porter sent you. It’s more pricey, but holy crap it’s a night and day difference. I’ll give you more details after I run some more tests tomorrow. All I can tell you now is that from the test pieces I’ve worked with so far it grips the piece at least 4-5 times better and fixed all of the feed issues and/or dips in the sanding surface that sometimes occur. This is definitely something I recommend to someone that uses this machine often.


The cost of a poly belt: $269.00
The cost of a 100 grit belt: $70-120 (depending on who you go to. Timber Woodworking seemed to be the cheapest)

Most people would say, “I could buy three of the regular belts for the cost of that poly belt”. That’s true, BUT it increases the performance substantially and will more than likely last longer. I ran some more test pieces through while I was calibrating the in-feed out-feed tables and setting the thickness gauge. It works much better and I’ve gotten my machine more accurate than it ever was.

Here’s some pictures of the machine with the new belt on it…
Performax 22-44 Pro Poly Belt 3

Performax 22-44 Pro Poly Belt 2

Performax 22-44 Pro Poly Belt 1

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 11:56 AM

Was it pricey? I have a 22 – 44.

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 01:47 PM

I’ve got a 16/32 and I’ve come to really depend on it. It sounds like this belt is worth looking into. Thanks for the info.

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 04:27 PM

I have the 16/32 as well, but haven’t used it enough to have a bunch of issues with it. I’ll keep this in mind as I like to have tools that work when I need them to. Thanks for the info.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 04:33 PM

I have the 16/32 also. It will be interesting to hear your evaluation after using it for awhile. What was the cost for this upgrade?

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 04:46 PM

I just updated the blog entry with prices and an update, but here’s the pricing….

The cost of a poly belt: $269.00
The cost of a 100 grit belt: $70-120 (depending on who you go to. Timber Woodworking seemed to be the cheapest)

I’m not sure if they make one for the 16-32 but I would imagine it would be less expensive if they did. You should cal Mel and find out.

I was really close to dumping the 22-44 and going with a wide belt sander. Now, I’m pretty satisfied for the time being. I’m going to take the old belt and put it on a flat piece of granite for a flattening surface.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 08:41 AM

Do they wear out that often?

I’ve had my 22/44 for going on 4 years now and it still works great.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 08:49 PM


Thank you for your comment about the poly belt for the Performax 22/44 Pro. I called Mel at TimberWW and he is indeed a delightful resource. I tried to order the belt, and he discovered that it is no longer available because they can’t make it hold up going around the narrow rollers on the feed table. So I ended up ordering the 100 grit and will be more careful on the feed belt tension – it was crimping in the middle which is probably caused by too high a tension – as it came from the factory.


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#8 posted 11-01-2012 07:44 PM

I’ve recently entered into the drum sanding world with a 22-44, I do think I have to change my feed belt as it drives me crazy adjusting it, just when I think it’s set it drifts again. The new project is conversion to hook/loop. found a kit at Grizzly after which I found it at for less. They had a good price on H&L paper too. Changing paper with those clips was causing me seizures. we’ll see how this works out as i have about 1400 sq.ft. of lumber to finish on this project.

-- in the end you will regret the things you didn't do far more than the things you did

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 08:14 PM

I have since switched to an AEM 37” wide belt sander. The performax just couldn’t cut it. I can do 1500 bd ft of lumber in no time and with no hesitation. The finish is superior as well. I should have started with the bigger machine in the first place. The drum sanders are more expensive in the long run anyways with the cost of the paper – not to mention they’re slow and are more likely to cause burns. I get belts for about $30-40 and they last 20x longer. Now I’m contimplating getting a 52” model. -Thomas

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 08:26 PM

I’ve got a few hundred hours on my 22/44, and the original belt is doing fine.

The poly belt looks like a good upgrade to consider when the time comes.


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#11 posted 11-29-2013 04:45 PM

After replacing 3 sandpaper belts on my jet 22-44 oscillating drum sander in a 5 year period, I decided to look into a Polybelt. I purchased a belt from Timber Woodworking Machinery in Mesa AZ 480-926-2131.
The cost was $117 including shipping and arrived in 3 days. These folks were terrific to deal with.

Installation tip, when installing the new belt, remove the conxeyor assembly complete and make sure the ceramic guides are properly installed.
I had a terrible experience trying to get a cheap ($69) belt from Amazon. Their supplier CT Power Tools sent me the wrong size belt (24×60) and insisted I had ordered the wrong belt. Amazon would not back me up and I have not ordered from Amazon since.

-- Don Boudreau Fort Lauderdale FL

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