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Forum topic by indychip posted 08-01-2015 10:55 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2015 10:55 AM

I see numerous used older Performax or Jet drum sanders for sale on Craigslist for around $500. But these older models don’t have sand smart. With the Jet sale coming up next month, I can get a new drum sander with sand smart technology for around $1100. Is sand smart worth the extra $600 over buying used? Thanks for any info

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#1 posted 08-01-2015 11:04 AM

I have it on mine and it does slow down/regulate the speed of feed rate. I think it is worth it but if you love to figure out the speed with which each piece of wood should be sanded, then $600 is a lot of $$. I find it very useful and helps save sandpaper… and projects… in the long run.
Just my 0.02 cents.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 08-01-2015 11:34 AM

I wound not pay that much for the technology.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 08-01-2015 12:48 PM

It would be nice to have, I don’t have that feature on mine and probably don’t know what I’m missing.
Adjusting the speed manually does not seem to be a huge problem for the owners here, well it is not a problem for me at least.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 08-01-2015 02:37 PM

If you keep your head in the game and have used it much…no it isn’t…..if you are new and have the rate to fast, yes it is. It will save you from burning pieces, which you could slow up and re-sand. It could possibly save some paper now and again to. I have it on a Supermax and I like it, but I think you could certainly live without it.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 08-01-2015 08:17 PM

When you say “slow up,” I think “slow down.”

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 09:09 PM

I can see it coming in handy if you use a drum sander like i do.

I use it to take rough lumber that’s fresh from the drying stack to help flatten it a bit before running through a planer or jointer.
Sometimes, you can hit a thick spot that you can’t really see and it can bog down the sander fast and pop a breaker before having a chance to raise the drum a bit.

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