Jet Model 16-32 vs SuperMax 19-38

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Forum topic by aaronacj posted 05-15-2016 03:38 PM 405 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2016 03:38 PM

I’m in the market for a drum sander mostly to make thin strips of wood for segmenting (1/8 – 1/16 thick). Almost bought the supermax this past weekend but they didn’t have on in stock at my local woodcraft so I held off. Now the Jet is on sale and it is also cheaper so I end up saving around $400.

From my understanding they are pretty much the same machine, the frames look very similar and I was told Supermax builds the Jets. I have seen both models and the Supermax is a tad larger and the bed is slightly oversized which I like.

Anyone actually used both machines? should I just go buy the Supermax? While the $400 in savings would be nice it’s not a huge factor in the purchase… I want the better machine.


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#1 posted 05-15-2016 03:57 PM

I have never used the SuperMax, but I have a Jet 16/32 and love it. I use it for not only segmented rings, but also for any light thicknessing work I need (I kept my planer for heavier work, but seldom use it).

As I understand it, the genesis on these machines goes back to the original Performax sanders. As I recall, Jet acquired Performax, and a few years later, former Performax people founded SuperMax, which is probably why the machines are so similar.

I have heard good things about the SuperMax … my take is that you wouldn’t be mking a mistake with either machine, which makes it more of a budgetary decision.

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#2 posted 05-15-2016 08:24 PM

I am in the market for one also and based on comments and reviews will get the Supermax.

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 05:19 PM

ordered the Supermax, almost got the 25-50 but I can’t make room for it. Thanks for the help.

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#4 posted 05-18-2016 05:50 PM

I have a dual 25” supermax, it’s a great machine. You won’t be disappointed.
BTW, you can buy rolls of sandpaper from Industrial Abrasives and cut your own strips for much less than the pre-cut strips

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#5 posted 05-18-2016 05:53 PM

+ 1 on the supermax and Industrial Abrasives

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