Jet 16-32 drum sander

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Forum topic by DraftsmanRick posted 01-15-2010 03:13 AM 4269 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2010 03:13 AM

Im considering buying a drum sander. My purpose for it would be to flatten cutting boards, sanding vaneer after its been resawn, and possibly some inlay banding. I read a tool review about this particular drum sander and the reviews were like a roller coaster. Some thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and others thought the person should just save their money for a bigger machine ie; wide belt.
Does anybody here own this drum sander or have experience using it?

Do you like its performance?
Do you have trouble getting the sanding drum parallel with the bed?
Do you find it hard or time consuming to change sand paper?
For the money, should someone buy athe upgrade with the conveyer belts
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being best what would you rate this machine?

Any feed back would be appreciated.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 08:51 AM

I have the 22-44 and absolutely love it!
I have even used it to “joint”/flatten a bowed piece.
I have made 1/32” veneer with it.
It is not a planer although it will (with the coarsest paper) take a fair amount off.
I had no problem setting the drum parallel, just use two blocks the same size and “feel” for the same distance front and back.
I have not had any serious problems with changing the paper as long as I take my time and keep it tight.
I would rate mine an 8 – only cause it doesn’t load and unload the material by itself. :)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 04:50 PM

I have the Performax 16 32 Plus. Hardly anything makes it out of the shop without having been run through it.

I like it’s performance. although if you take too big a bite it will stop the drum motor and require you to push the reset button.

My sanding drum was already parallel with the bed when I got it. I have never had to adjust it.

Not sure what the upgrade is, so I won’t comment on that.

I would rate it a 9, as it is a bit sensitive to hogging too much off at once.

I would definately consider buying your sandpaper in bulk as it is much more cost effective and a much higher grade of sandpaper is available. Loading sandpaper is quick and easy, just takes some practice, like anything.

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 04:57 PM

I also have the 22-44 and love it. I have used it for several cutting boards with great success. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 05:20 PM

I own that particular Jet model, and I love mine. I use it mostly to flatten, and make parallel, figured boards. Once I’m back from my surgury, I plan on using it a lot on some curly maple I’m working with. The only thing you should really know about the sander is that it uses a bunch of electricity while in operation, and remember that this isn’t a fast tool. It’s a slug, but it does a great job! Go to the Jet website and download the PDF owners manual. There you will see how easy it is to align the head to the belt, if it needs to be done at all. Mine was right on straight out of the box!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 05:23 PM

Just about everything goes through my 22-44. I don’t think it’s much good for flattening but it works. I find it essential for removing glue from such things as cutting boards and for initial sanding of all parts. I just keep a low grit paper on it and switch to a ros for the other grits.

-- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 07:24 PM

It’s a great machine. I use mine just about every day, but wish I had gotten the 22-44 instead for the additional capacity.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 07:27 PM

I do have a 13” rigid planer but i need a sander. I have constructed a jig for my router to flatten end grain boards. I’ve been using a 1 1/4” wide mortising bit. The only thing is after im done, there are lines across the board from the perimeter of the bit? Ive inspected the jig for flatness and everything is flat and stright. You cant feel any ridges on the surface but even when sanding with 80-220 grit paper they are still faintly visable. Hence, my wanting a sander. Thanks for all your input LJ’s! The best advice you can get is from the people who use the product. I think you guys have sold me on this. Now if can just let go of a grand! lol.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 05:37 AM

I’ve had this sander that I bought used for almost 2 months now.
I agree that it one of the most useful machines in the shop now.

Keep in mind that it needs more attention than the other machines to keep it operating correctly.

I didn’t have to adjust the drum arm on mine. It seems to hold parallel.

The paper is easy to change. Just remember to tighten it up after it heats up. It expands a little and might shift on the drum if not retightened.

You must keep and eye on the condition of the paper with every pass.
If you keep the paper tight and clean you should get good results.

The tracking may also need and adjustment from time to time just like any belt sander does.

I would rate this a solid 9.

My only regret is that I didn’t get one sooner!

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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