|Forum topic by ChipOffTheOldBlock||posted 12-24-2015 07:30 AM||1166 views||0 times favorited||26 replies|
12-24-2015 07:30 AM
I’ve noticed at least a half dozen folks have built their own benchtop drum sander. As I look to furnish my shop with what I call “secondary” tools – or, the tools that I don’t think are core to the shop like a table saw or drill press – I find myself in need of a drum sander.
The problem is, however, this seems to be a tool where its cost far exceeds it’s value (IMO). From my research, it doesn’t appear that a variety of drum sanders exist at pricing echelons as with other tools like (coincidentally) a table saw or drill press. The entry point for this market is around $600-700. Even if that were in my budget, it does not seem like a reasonable price for this particular piece of equipment.
To set some context, I am more of a hobbyist and while I do have some relatively decent quality level tools, I shy away from buying equipment that a professional or super enthusiast may acquire. For example, I have a Ridgid 4512 table saw, the Incra Router Table system, a couple of Festool tools (midi, jigsaw, sander), but not a $1,200 Jet Planer or a $2,000 Sawstop table saw.
All of this said, and I apologize for the lengthy pretext, I thought it may serve my and someone else’s mutual interest to pose a request for one to commission a homemade benchtop drum sander, where I’d be willing to pay for all materials, shipping, and of course some kind of labor/profit add-on to make the offer more appealing. Of course, this proposal would be moot if the costs of these line items is close to, the same, or more than an off the shelf product.
I know some of you may ask/think, “why don’t you just build one yourself?”. Well, frankly, I don’t think I have the skills or desire to build one myself as opposed to the stack of projects already in my queue.
If anyone is interested in building and then selling me a benchtop drum sander, please send me a message and we can talk specifics.
Alternatively, I’d be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts on my thinking here; does anyone share the same sentiment regarding shop equipment or drum sanders in particular? Has anyone considered purchasing or selling shop made equipment (e.g., Blake’s router table)? Any feedback or advice on drum sanders?
Thanks for your time.
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