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Forum topic by DBamaFan posted 01-14-2018 06:09 PM 1215 views 1 time favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DBamaFan

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01-14-2018 06:09 PM

Thinking about it, any suggestions?

-- David


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#1 posted 01-14-2018 06:11 PM

Super Max and be done . Used to be the old performax .. i have run them for years , they work and keep on .

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Loren

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 06:12 PM

What’s your budget and what kind of work do
you do?

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 08:35 PM

I recently purchased a SuperMax 19-38 and could not be happier with it. I highly recommend it.

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 08:41 PM

They work great for some applications but I got by for years without one and only occasionally use the one I have.
If I were setting priorities on which tools to add to my shop this would be towards the bottom of the list and actually it was….unless I had a specific project that needed it like making cutting boards. Over the years I have acquired new tools as I could justify the need and of course had the funds.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 09:00 PM

Never use SuperMax. I used a Woodmaster drum sander for a few years at work. It worked OK. If the finances are available wide belts have some advantages over drum sander.

In my home shop I have a Bridgewood 15’’ BSW open end sander. Like in the video below. Grizzly has the same machine with their logo on it or the North State brand is good. My sander must be at least 15 -20 years old. So far I’ve had no maintenance issues, break downs, or had to readjust any of the factory setting.

Contrary to popular myths these small open end wide belts are capable of sand a 30” wide panel flat and with out wittiness lines. I like mine a lot.

https://youtu.be/46SaWVrMag8

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#6 posted 01-15-2018 08:49 PM

I’ve been seriously considering one of these Flatmasters from Stockroom Supply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4O2Lnzizw4&t=2s
or this one..but it looks like an outdated design
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgPLOnXCmdU&t=2s

It’s wayy less expensive than the supermax..I think they run about $500. Only catch is there is no motor.
But still a 24” wide sander for under a grand is cheap!

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bonesbr549

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#7 posted 01-15-2018 09:54 PM



Super Max and be done . Used to be the old performax .. i have run them for years , they work and keep on .

- CharlesNeil

Yep, I had that decision a long time ago and went delta that was an expensive lesson.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#8 posted 01-15-2018 10:14 PM

I have a Jet22-44 OSC, uses it the sand end grain cutting boards, I would not want to part with it, its a great tool.

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#9 posted 01-15-2018 10:36 PM

I have a Jet 16-32 and a Jet 10-20 and use both of them regularly. These machines are fairly light duty and would not work well in a cabinet shop but they are excellent for the kind of work I do.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 01-16-2018 03:36 PM

Performax 16/32. Use it with every project to dial in the wood thickness etc.
When I first got it I had issues with snipe and rarely used it. Once I spent some quality time setting it up properly and adjusting the downforce rollers, I became one with the machine 8^)

It’s a learning curve that is different from most other tools, but I would never be without one again.

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retfr8flyr

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#11 posted 01-17-2018 03:15 AM

I have the Flatmaster 24 inch and it’s a very interesting tool. I also added the Jet 22-44 OCS this past spring and it does a great job. I really like the oscillation feature, things come out finish ready very easily. If you are on a limited budget and if don’t mind hand feeding material the Flatmaster is a great tool.

-- Earl

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BandsawJeff

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#12 posted 01-17-2018 03:28 AM



I have the Flatmaster 24 inch and it s a very interesting tool. I also added the Jet 22-44 OCS this past spring and it does a great job. I really like the oscillation feature, things come out finish ready very easily. If you are on a limited budget and if don t mind hand feeding material the Flatmaster is a great tool.

- retfr8flyr


Now that you have both the Flatmaster 24 and the Jet 22-44 do you still find you get use out of the Flatmaster? I guess what I am asking is there anything the Flatmaster does better, simpler or faster than the Jet? Or is the Jet your all around go to sander?
I debating a new Flatmaster or a used drum sander like the jet. Thanks for your insight!

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ArtMann

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#13 posted 01-17-2018 03:52 AM

I have a 24 inch drum sander that I put together from a kit. It was sold by the same company that designed and sells the Flatmaster. It works exactly the same way. With the exception of width, there is nothing that it will do that my Jet 16-32 won’t do at least as well and sometimes way better. I don’t use it much any more but it is a very good flat sander if that is all you have.

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#14 posted 01-17-2018 04:48 AM

I had a performax 16-32 for 15 years, it was fine. When it finally gave up I had to replace it. Bought the Super Max 19-38 two yeaars ago. I use it every day, I love it. Well made an the performance blows away the performance.

-- Ken

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retfr8flyr

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#15 posted 01-17-2018 12:46 PM

I have the Flatmaster 24 inch and it s a very interesting tool. I also added the Jet 22-44 OCS this past spring and it does a great job. I really like the oscillation feature, things come out finish ready very easily. If you are on a limited budget and if don t mind hand feeding material the Flatmaster is a great tool.

- retfr8flyr

Now that you have both the Flatmaster 24 and the Jet 22-44 do you still find you get use out of the Flatmaster? I guess what I am asking is there anything the Flatmaster does better, simpler or faster than the Jet? Or is the Jet your all around go to sander?
I debating a new Flatmaster or a used drum sander like the jet. Thanks for your insight!

- BandsawJeff

I still use the Flatmaster for some projects, even owning the Jet. The Flatmaster has the unique ability to sand flat, hence the name, and my Jet will thickness something but not necessarily make it flat. If you sand a twisted, or cupped, piece the pressure from the drum will flatten it out as it goes through but it will go right back to the previous condition after it passes the drum. The Flatmaster registers everything off of the flat top and you are lightly pushing the piece through by hand so things will actually come out flat and true. Depending on the project and the time required, I will use whichever machine does the best job.

Paper is a breeze to change and you can go with very fine grit without worrying about burning The biggest drawback to the Flatmaster is doing long pieces. It’s hard to keep even pressure across the top with the longer pieces but I added the wing system, that Stockroom Supply offers, for mine and they help a lot. Depending on the projects you normally work with, a Flatmaster is hard to beat for the price.

-- Earl

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