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Forum topic by veder posted 04-12-2011 07:08 PM 4996 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2011 07:08 PM

Here is a picture of a Ryobi sander that my husband and I know nothing about. I’ve been to Ryobi’s website, but, can’t locate this piece of equipment. Can someone tell me what this is and how much it might be worth (it’s likely around 10-years old)?

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 07:14 PM

Being a Ryobi it won’t be worth much. Does it still work? Ten years is a long time for most of the things I’ve seen Ryobi.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 07:29 PM

It appears to be an old Ryobi WDS 1600 Cantilevered drum sander. Hopefully you have the hand crank for raising and lowering it. It’s worth? Not a lot, new it was $580. Since they don’t offer it any longer, parts could be an issue.

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 02:42 AM

Thank-you so much, Ron for the terrific link and info! Thanks also to devann for your reply. No wonder I couldn’t find it at Ryobi’s website! We don’t know if it works, I guess we need to plug it in and find out.

So, if it is around 10-years old and parts may be hard to get, what do you think a fair price might be to ask for it?

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 02:58 AM

I had one , I sold it, it was very hard to keep the belt and table parallel. you would be better off saving your money for something else sorry for the negative response, but just my 2cents worth.

-- Smitty!!!

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 03:13 AM

Thanks for the info, Smitty. However, I have one that I want to sell, not one that I want to buy. Do you recall what you sold yours for? How old was it?

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 03:14 AM

I have looked at a couple of these at yard sales in the last year. After plugging them up and checking them out, I decided not to bother with them. One was for sale for $25 and the other was $40.


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#7 posted 04-13-2011 03:51 PM

I sold it more than 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to get close to what I paid for it, around $500, I don’t remember exactly, and I had it for less than 6 months.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 04:01 PM

This sander has a issue with flexing, but through use can be dealt with,and or improved

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#9 posted 04-13-2011 05:19 PM

Price will partially be based on where you’re located, if there are any other drum sanders currently on the local market and concentration of “serious” woodworkers in your area.

I believe the last Ryobi 1600 was posted in the Chicago area at $400. It was up for about a month, against my misgivingings on the model I finally decided to throw an offer at $300 but seller had already someone “interested” at that range. It is not a bad introduction belt sander; but like above there are limitations.

In general, expect to post and re-port on Craigslist unless you have a lower price you’ll accept. A great example is the current Performax 16-32 on Chicago area Craigslist, seller is sticking at $690, again a lower offer (realistic) of $450 was rebuffed and he continues to re-post.

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 03:29 AM

Thanks to all of you for the information you’ve given me. We’re going to put it on Craigslist and I’ll let you know if we sell it and for how much!

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#11 posted 04-14-2011 03:35 AM

It was a knock-off of the Performax sander. Performax open-end
sanders flex too… nature of the design.

These sanders are very, very useful to luthiers. Guitar parts are
light work and the 16” sanders are just about the perfect size
for guitar tops and backs.

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#12 posted 04-14-2011 03:48 AM

Well, now I know why my father-in-law bought it. He made guitars for awhile, just for the fun of it, using Engelman spruce and aspen for the tops and backs. In fact, he made a couple of guitars using one-piece spruce for the tops and backs since the wood was large enough to make a solid piece from. Thanks so much for your info, it makes perfect sense as to why he bought this piece of equipment!

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#13 posted 04-16-2011 02:25 AM

Just wanted to let you know that we just posted it on Craigslist last night and sold it today! Thanks for all of the information you gave me, particularly Ron Finch, as this definitely helped us sell it!

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