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Forum topic by therookie posted 04-14-2011 03:09 AM 3904 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2011 03:09 AM

Just saw a 16-32 on my local craigslist for $400 with a stand and extra paper. Is this a good deal?


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

If it works grab it.

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 03:19 AM

Yeah, if you do the sort of work for which these sanders are useful.

My opinion is that any drum thickness sander that runs on 115 volts
is underpowered for furniture and cabinet making. 115 volt motors
pretty much max out at 1 3/4 real horsepower. Such smaller-motor
sanders are alright for crafts in softwoods, making miniatures, and
thicknessing musical instrument parts.

It just takes a lot of oomph to sand hardwood door panels with a
drum sander. Others may not agree. It depends on how patient
you are I guess.

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#3 posted 04-14-2011 04:19 AM

Good price.
22-44 new $1100.00 when I bought mine!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 04:25 AM

I bought mine off of a CL add for three hundred. If it is in good shape it would be worth the money. If I had a commercial shop I would worry about power and the flex of the open ended sander. I only have my small hobby shop, and it works very well. I can do a whole lot more a whole lot quicker now.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 04:28 AM

Depends on how much paper. Unless there’s a lot of it, I’d say $400 is an average deal. I got mine a couple years ago with the stand and about $100 in paper for a little over $200, but I got lucky.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 04:33 AM

It’s one of the best drum sanders in it’s size and price on the market. There is nothing it can’t handle, including hard woods. Let’s see, 500+ hard maple end grain cutting boards, three red oak kitchens, and I’ve lost count of the number of other cabinet projects along with lazy susans and bank boxes over the past three years and all I have replaced was the rubber bushing between the motor and drum. Oh, I forgot, I just finished sanding red oak raised panel doors for a refinishing projects. Yep, I would jump on it.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 04:34 AM

hell yea!!!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 04-14-2011 04:43 AM

I would say good deal, the flexing issue is not a big deal if you take light passes,it is not a thickness machine

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

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#9 posted 04-14-2011 11:50 AM

I have one and it is still going strong… I paid AU$1600.00 and worth every cent to me…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 01:28 PM

I have a 16/32 Jet(same as the performax) and I use it every day. Grab it if it’s in good shape. Go thru the book and tweek it and you’ll love it.

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 04-14-2011 03:20 PM

‘My opinion is that any drum thickness sander that runs on 115 volts
is underpowered for furniture and cabinet making’

I am not sure how much I agree with this. I have a Jet 16-32 that is 115 and have never felt that it was underpowered. The last thing I ran through it was a tabletop made out of ebony, lacewood and babingia, There were no issues with it.


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#12 posted 04-14-2011 05:06 PM

I Love mine !!! l

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#13 posted 04-14-2011 06:52 PM

I got a 22-44 off of CL last year for 500. Put another 2 into it but it has been one of my best purchases. Love the thing.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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

I sold mine because of my inability to keep the *&%$ed head aligned and, the carrier belt delaminated, too.
Sold it and a bunch of sanding rolls for $200. Bought a “V” sander kit from Stockroom Supply and have never been happier.
If I REALLY needed a drum sander, I’d get one that’s closed on both ends/sides.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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