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Forum topic by paul1474 posted 01-06-2018 11:21 PM 319 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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paul1474

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01-06-2018 11:21 PM

I am wanting to purchase a drum sander. I have the small Grizzly now, but want to go bigger. Am looking at Shop Fox 1854 or Jet 16-32. Has anyone had issues with either one. I read where Jet is very good. Not hearing anything about Shop Fox. Any info would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-06-2018 11:40 PM

I had the Grizzly version of the Shop Fox that you mention and it worked for what I needed it to.
I sold it after I upgraded to a dual head 25”.

I know there are people that don’t like it but I think the person who bought it from me is happy with it.
One thing he did, was upgrade to a hook and loop setup for it and I did the same thing for my new drum sander.
It really makes a big difference on drum sanders for changing the paper and many also say it cuts down on heat buildup on the paper.

That said, if I were to buy another open ended sander, I would probably get the Supermax brand.
After reading a lot of reviews they seem to have the highest user ratings among all the others out there.

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 11:41 PM

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 11:44 PM

I bought a 16/32 Performax years ago but seldom use it. If you know you will use it often go with the Jet. I know nothing of Shop Fox but it may good too???

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 01:39 AM

I have a Jet 22-44 that works for me now that I fully understand its limitations (like every other tool). Changing paper is a PITA and a hook and loop would probably ease that frustration. Other than that, as long and you don’t try to sand too much at a time, it does exactly what it is supposed to – flatten a wide swathe of wood.
If you have in mind to sand long material, infeed and outfeed support is essential.

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 11:50 AM

My Grizzly 716 does what it can for it’s size. Have been pleased with it. But bigger would be nice. I will continue my research

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 02:48 PM

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