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Forum topic by blyther posted 01-11-2011 11:19 PM 1544 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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blyther

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01-11-2011 11:19 PM

I have a positive problem that I’m struggling with.
I was going to pick up a new Jet 16-32 drum sander this week and then noticed a 3yr old Proformax 22-44 on Craigs list. Bottom line:
The Jet is on sale for $800 and the Proformax owner will meet the same $800 price. I don’t have a drum sander…so I’m not sure I need the larger one. But isn’t that a good price?
Also, the 22-44 comes with bulk 80, 150,and 220 grit paper, combined about 7 rolls of each grit. It also has the owners manual. The new one (16-32) comes with a warrenty!! I have a small shop and a bit concern for weight as my shop is in a loft of a Carriege House.
Any advice you could throw my way would be appreciated! Thanks

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,


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TheDane

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 11:42 PM

Paul—Beautiful Winterset! I have relatives in your neck of the woods, and used to live in Des Moines.

But to your question … if memory serves me correctly, Jet used to own PerformaX, and at the local machine shop I buy tools from, the 22/44 was a very popular tool. I think I would be tempted to go for the used 22/44 … the guy is including a decent selection of grits, and I believe parts and service are still available for that machine.

But, as with anything on Craigslist or the used market as whole, caveat emptor … examine the tool carefully and ask the seller to demo it for you before you commit.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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live4ever

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 11:46 PM

Where is the Jet on sale for $800???

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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blyther

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 11:54 PM

Live4ever,
The sale is at a local Store in Des Moines Iowa, Sale last til the end of month or when their all gone.

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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live4ever

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 12:09 AM

Thanks Paul. That’s a great price for the 16-32. Still kicking myself for missing the nationwide sale at end of 2010.

Personally I am a fan of buying used if the right conditions are met – the 22-44 seems like a pretty fantastic deal. Assuming it has been taken care of and is working well, that’s the way I’d go. If the original owner is a hobbyist who takes care of his tools, you’re in good shape. If it’s coming from a production environment, I’d be a little more worried about the the tool. Like Gerry said, take some material over and give ‘er a whirl!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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DaveInMontana

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 01:22 AM

I bought a slightly used Jet 16-32 in November for $200! It was also on Craigslist. I love the machine for precise thickness sanding, especially when making multiple pieces of the same thickness.

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 02:31 AM

Get the one with the bigger motor. Light industrial drum sanders have a serious
bogging-down issue with wider hardwood panels

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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