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02-04-2018 03:01 AM

Always in the search of a drum sander, I came across a person selling a Performax S/T with a Lesson 1.5HP motor for $150. I know nothing about the S/T other than you build the stand for it. Usually I would have time to research and browse the internet for machinery, but time is of the essence with the upcoming Super Bowl and the “wow” price factor of this if it’s a deal. The person said no tracking issues with table belt. It would be used in my shop as hobby / light duty, not heavy use or commercially used. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 04:49 AM

I had one. I wasn’t wild about it but it worked.
For sanding small or thin parts I thought it
worked pretty well. I enjoyed using it for
making guitar parts but I was frustrated by
the slowness of sanding hardwood panels for
making cabinet doors and things like that. If
I took my eye off it for a second the wood could
stall and the drum would put a divot in the
work.

It looks like the owner may have improved on
the radial arm saw column as a mount system.
I’d say it’s a bargain but the motor is underpowered
for sanding furniture parts.

One advantage of the design, if you have the space,
is that the head travels so extensive infeed and
outfeed support can be left in place for the
course of the job. I think if you have the space
adding this type of support could help alleviate
the tendency of work to stall. Mine didn’t have
the pressure rollers either, which the example
shown may.

I built a dust hood with a 4” port. Vigorous
dust collection cools the paper, probably preventing
glazing and stretching to some extent.

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 05:01 AM

Wouldn’t this S/T compare to the latest models? Other than the HP of motor, which I can always upgrade.

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 05:04 AM

It won’t oscillate. I don’t know if all the newer
ones do but allegedly it helps.

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 01:52 AM

after some thought & delay, I’ll go pick it up this weekend (was still available as of this Friday). It will be my first drum sander with decent reviews for $150 so will consider this a “intro” machine to drum sanding.

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