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10-04-2015 12:35 PM

I have been searching for a drum sander for a year for a nice 16/32 drum sander. The used prices are outrageous around these parts, for a couple bucks more I can buy a new one with smart sand. My question is a ran across a 22/44 performax pro 3hp this thing is alot bigger but for 500 bucks.
It really has me thinking to add such a huge piece of equipment to my small shop and suck it up and run a 220 line. I really do not need anything that big, should I hold out and keep hitting craigslist .

-- I work with the public, therfore, I am Brain Damaged!

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 01:07 PM

I could really use one of those too but they cost soooo much. I will have to hope to stumble across a steal someday. You probably won’t regret it if you get it but it’s a big commitment

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#2 posted 10-04-2015 01:11 PM

Art has thread going on about the Flatmaster that might be of interest.

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 01:43 PM

At that price you could buy it and see if it works out for you. If not, getting your money back would be a piece of cake…or you could tell me where it is and if close enough, I might buy it!

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 12:23 AM

If it weren’t so far away, I would jump on that 22/44 in a heartbeat for $500!

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#5 posted 10-05-2015 12:26 AM

I dont think it would be that much more floor space than the 16/32 drum sander. Put it on wheels and tuck it away?

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#6 posted 10-05-2015 09:06 AM

Welll ,a guy was there loading it up when I pulled up. So I keep looking.

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 10:19 AM

Well I finally purchased a drum sander. It came with in/out feed tables, hook and 6 rolls (50Ft) sander paper.

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 11:43 AM

You will be surprised how much you use this. I picked up a used one about 4 years ago off Craigs list and use it all the time. Enjoy

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 12:02 PM

I am so jealous….this is next on my list of tools to get.

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#10 posted 02-01-2016 11:22 PM

I am very glad I found one. I passed up a few cause I could have bought a new one for the same price. I missed a few cause, I could not contact them fast enough. I did find I had to shim the drum a little bit (a work in progress), I am very close to perfect now. Overall very happy!

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 12:33 AM

I have the Jet version of the 22/44, but it is only 1¾HP 120V, and I think it really needs 3HP and 220V!

All but useless without the tables -to be really useful it needs full infeed and outfeed roller beds. Overall I find this a very finicky tool – at least for long stock, which is mostly my need. The slightest wiggle and the board needs another pass. I can only guess it was developed with face frames or other short pieces in mind. Its also quite sensitive to paper grit; I wouldn’t dare try to sand more than a few thousandths at a time off a wide hardwood plank for fear of having to run another ten passes to remove the inevitable burn stripe.

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#12 posted 02-02-2016 01:48 AM

You have to set a budget and get what ever pops up that’s a good deal, if you don’t someone else will and quickly. I had to pass on a 37” Timesavers wide belt sander for $450 and a 10hp single phase motor for another $400 not too long ago. The issue wasn’t the speed getting ahold of the guy selling it, it was that after getting it in my shop I wouldn’t actually have room to use it. I thought about buying it just to install the single phase motor, clean it up and flip it. The limited customer base that might be interested in something that large and power hungry (for homeowner use anyway) worried me more than a little.

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#13 posted 02-02-2016 08:43 PM

I’ve had the Performax for about 10 years and use it all the time. One thing you have to realize is its not a planer substitute. Long ,heavy boards will need to be supported, but that’s not really a problem. I’m sure you will find many uses for this very well made machine.

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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