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Forum topic by lostandfound posted 02-03-2011 08:16 PM 1644 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2011 08:16 PM

I have two questions.

1) What do those of you who have and use drum sanders reccomend and warn against. Brands, size, known problems.

2) Is anyone in Washington State trying to sell a drum sander?



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#1 posted 02-03-2011 08:20 PM

Jet 16-32 – love it. Bought it new.
Bought a 10-20 Jet used… gave it away. Too hard to change paper and I think someone abused it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 08:37 PM

I did a ton of research on this from industrial to cheapo sanders, and the best I fond is the Rigid osolating drum/belt sander. This is a $150 sander thats worth ten times that much. I have had it for three years now. I have used it heavily everyday in my professional shop and its still going strong. The change from belt to drum and back are fast! Like @ 20 seconds to switch. The dust collection is great! It uses the same belt as my regular belt sander. When this one finally does give up the ghost I’m going to run out and buy the exact same one no questions asked! Buy this sander!

-- Rogue

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 08:42 PM

Thats good to know but I was referring to the Performax by Jet or other brands. I really need a drumb sander for my next tool purchase.

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 08:42 PM

The other thing that made this the choice for me is that I found a WOOD magazine from 15 years ago and there was a drum sander artical in there. The same model of rigid was in the test. This told me that is been around a long time so it prooven.

-- Rogue

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 08:58 PM

I have a 16/32 Ryobi WDS1600. Don’t even make them anymore i believe. Looks just like the Jet and Performax. Love it. Only thing i did was replace the conveyor belt. Put one from a Performax on it because it was like sandpaper where the Ryobi was smooth.

-- Chris Ward

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 09:06 PM

Due to the high cost of them, i am working on building my own. However, I would LOVE to get my hands on a Performax 16/32 or Ryobi WDS1600. Just make sure you are collecting all that dust that is produced!

Rogue, I believe the OP is talking about wide drum sanders, I believe you are talking about the Ridgid EB4424, which is an oscillating edge belt / spindle sander. Not the same thing…

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 09:17 PM

Going to love this. When i ordered the Ryobi it came with one of the legs broken. Think it’s case aluminum.
Anyway i called Woodcraft where i ordered it from and they sent me a new one and said to leave the old one by the garage. Well the UPS came and didn’t pick up the old one. Called Woodcraft and they said they send someone out. Never did. So i hung on to the broken one for a year. Then i had someone weld the leg back together. Just like new. Sold it since it was never used for about $50 under new cost. So basically i got a Drum sander for about 50 bucks.

-- Chris Ward

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 09:22 PM

Wow thats an awsome story. What a stroke of luck. Sounds like the deal of the century.

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 09:24 PM

I have a delta 18 by 36. Bought it used on craigslist for 400.00. It had hardly been used. One of the best things i got

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 09:28 PM

Jet 16-32 on sale at Woodcraft currently for $799.

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 09:44 PM

I have the smallest one grizzy sells I think. Called “Baby drum sander” it is 12” wide and suits me fine. Needs dust collection for sure. Uses a LOT of power. (occasionaly pops a 20 amp breaker.) Changing sandpaper is a snap. It is a thickness sander and I use it to sand off my inlays also.

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#12 posted 02-04-2011 12:09 AM

Scott, I have the Performax 16/32 and love it. If I could afford a 22/44 that would be my druthers though. It’s one of the earlier ones (circa mid ‘90s). Jet bought them out and everything is sold under the Jet name now. Same Same…....I bought mine used for about $400 and it had extension tables, SEVERAL EXTRA boxes of paper and several feet of harwood thrown in (GREAT DEAL). Come on over and try mine out so you can get a hands on look and try. If you like, then just keep a watch on craigslist and one will pop up sooner or later, be patient. Can’t comment on the Ryobi as I have never touched one. If their drum sander is anything like their other tools it might be worth looking at. My concern would be replacement parts in the years to come. Jet and Performax parts are VERY available. Just something to think about. You have my number, call me. Oh yeah, the dust thing. A dust collector is a must. You might want to move the dust collector to the otherside of the garage from where it’s at now though to minimize dust going into the house.


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#13 posted 02-04-2011 03:36 PM

Live4ever thanks for the heads up on the price reduction. I’ll be ordering mine today!

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#14 posted 02-04-2011 05:25 PM

Thanks Jim, Ill do that. I was drooling over the 22/44 but that might have to wait a while for the tool fund to get a lot bigger.

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#15 posted 02-04-2011 07:04 PM

I don’t know if the new 16/32s include the Tuf-Tool. If not, get one. WC carries them, makes changing the paper a breeze.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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