Drum Sander - Which one??

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Forum topic by Tim08 posted 03-16-2010 09:34 PM 1855 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2010 09:34 PM

I am in the market for a drum sander. The wallet will probably on allow 16/32 or 18/36. I have read up on the Jet 16/32 and the Delta 18/36. They both look to be decent sanders. I don’t see the Delta around much and am not sure if sandpaper rolls would be hard to find. Does anyone have an opinion on either of these or another option.
Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 10:53 PM

I have a JET 22-44 that works very well for me.

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 11:02 PM

You could always DIY one… Drum sanders are pretty simple…

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 12:40 AM

I have both the Jet/Proformax 16/32 and a V-Drum sander. You didn’t ask about the V-Drum but it is a pretty cool finish sander. But that said, I just love my 16/32. I use it on every project. They are expensive for a reason. It will hold repeatable performance time after time. I would highly recommend it.


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#4 posted 03-17-2010 10:46 PM

I have a Delta 18-36. Getting abrasives has never been an issue for me… It isn’t like it is some kind of magical paper either. I have just used shop rolls also. (more grit selection) I think you need one of the new oscillating ones though…

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 10:58 PM

You had to mention oscillating. That is just a little more than I can spend (so my wife Says). do you think they will bring the oscillating to the lower priced models?

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 11:01 PM

I have the Rigid oscillating spindle model and I just love it.

I do like’a my sanders :>)

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 09:49 PM

I have only seen video of Jet’s oscillating Drum sander, but it looks like it is the bomb. I hope everyone starts making them and the price comes down. I am sure if I had one, I would love it enough to overlook the price. I will think about it every time I am sanding out the streaks left behind by my lowly drum sander now… On the other hand I abuse the crap out of my drum sander feeding it recycled wood from pallets and skids – stuff I would leave in the parking lot before feeding my planer or jointer. I am guessing that feeding an oscillating drum nails and rocks would probably just mean the streaks are wider after I wear a wider swath in the sanding medium…

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#8 posted 03-18-2010 10:08 PM

I bought a Stockroom Supply 24” Flat Master, which provides a really good alternative to the traditional drum sander. It also gives you the ability to flatten one side of a larger panel /piece, so you can then take it to the planer for dimensioning I have been using it for 2 months now, and can recommend both the product and the company as very good to excellent, as well as supportive.

It has provided great service to me, and a unique way of making “sanding adjustments” that the others cannot. It also alleviates any burning of the finer woods, as there is little if any heat generated in the sanding process due to it’s design.

That being said, i hope this is of help in you decision process.

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#9 posted 03-18-2010 10:51 PM

I have used a Jet and didn’t find that it held up. I bought a 24” General with two drums (two different grits). I’ve had the drum sander running without any major problems for three years now. I do quite a bit of laminate work, so I absolutely need a good sander. I probably use it 5 hours a week, (sometimes 4 hours a day and other days not at all). It is a workhorse and I highly recommend taking a good look a General Tools. Good luck.

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#10 posted 03-19-2010 12:19 AM

I also made my own. I recently added a dust hood but didnt finish it off. It actually doesnt cost much to build one and if you have a lathe or know someone with one, making the drum is easy. Here is a link ro video of mine

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#11 posted 03-19-2010 02:17 AM

It depends on what you want to use it for. THickness sanding like taking lumber from rough to nearly finish smooth? Get a drum sander, preferrable oscillating because they dont leave sand scratches. I just bought a 24inch Grizzly dual drum and its a monster. Mostly a dust monster but i love this thing to death!. THe worst part is keeping the paper on it. it tends to expand and loosen so as the paper wears, you will need to tighten it. No big deal as long as you know this. I had to add hose clamps on the ends of mine because it kept coming loose. A dust collector is a neccesity. THe dust accumulates on the drums and burns. Minimum 650cfm. I got my first one off craigslist. its a $2000 machine that i got for $250. Hold out, it will come.
I also use mine for sanding down my raised panels to even all the edges and straighten them out a bit. I thoroughly love my drum sander. THe grizzly is a monster and i highly recommend them, but the paper is expensive, but goes a long way. Did i mention the dust is unbelievable? Also, did i mention its 5hp, 220vac? pounding chest
Good luck. I have went quickly through the trial and error with my drum sander. Ask me anything!


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#12 posted 03-19-2010 02:34 AM

We love our 26” dual drum sander by Steel City. We bought ours on CL so it was affordable. I think most things can be had at a good price on CL if you are patient. I do not have any experience on the open ended models that I think you are asking about.

Todd: We had major problems keeping the sand paper on the sander. When paper does adventually break off it then becomes too short to be held on the left and right clip, making the paper useless even if it is still in decent condition. I was extremely close to selling it on CL. It is in like new condition because the first owner rarely used it, probably because of not being able to keep the paper on it. Then I wrapped the drums in hook and used paper with loop backing. It was very easy. I have just finished a full kitchen. We wrapped the drums right before the kitchen. We used the sander on all of the kitchen doors and we even dovetailed solid maple drawers so we ended up sanding all of our solid maple drawer sides with the sander. Looking at the sand paper it appears there is enough life to run another kitchen before switching sand paper. Also the hook and loop makes it a lot easier to load and unload sand paper, and did I mention that we never never loose our sand paper off of our drums anymore. No more problems at all!


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