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Forum topic by Holbs posted 09-27-2018 12:49 AM 772 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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09-27-2018 12:49 AM

A drum sander would be a machine that I think would feel at home in my shop. Never had one, always wished I did. Was thinking of buying a 16-32 Supramax this coming January. And this comes up from a friend who kept this sparsely used unit as a backup in case his 24” double drum sander failed. Now, he needs the space. He is asking $800 for it (he bought it used for $1200 5 years ago) 1.5 HP wired for 110v. 60grit, 80grit and 120grit paper included. Very little about the “pro III” model out there. He thinks Performax bought Pro Max.
Whatcha yee all think?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"


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#1 posted 09-27-2018 02:33 AM

I think I was one of the first ones in Georgia to buy that sander back when it first came out in the early 90’s. Still have it and work it just about every day. Used it today to sand 6 end grain cutting boards.

Your friend is about right on the price. I think mine was a little over $1300 with the out feed tables and casters for it. Mine has sanded many many 100 doors, furniture panels, table tops, cutting boards, and many other things.

The only thing I’ve done to mine is replace the drive belt about 10 years ago, and I use only 120 grit paper on it.

If it’s in good condition, I would jump on that $800 price in a heart beat.

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 02:37 AM

A then to now history about Gary Greens sanders

You can get a lot of different opinions about this, but my $$$$ says as long as it doesn’t say. or have anything to do with JET it’s a great tool, and if working without problems now, then you should expect some heavy use from it going forward.

That isn’t to say I don’t like JET tools, I do, just not what they did to that line of wide belt sanders after they bought out ProMax. They dumped a whole lot of China on them, and it’s not infrequent to see my JET sander won’t….... However it is rare to see it said about a St Paul made tool. I have owned the sander you are talking about and they worked very well. The new line would probably be similar to their 25’s.

The 19/38 are very well made. I currently have one of them, my dealings with the company have been excellent, and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy from them again. I say that tongue in cheek. They sell paper for their sanders, and it’s at highway robbery prices. If you get the sander I have had great luck getting the heavy duty paper rolls here. Look under cloth rolls Extra heavy weight, AO, the average price on 50 YARDS of paper is 60 bux Make 16+ rolls for what SM would charge for maybe 5 to 6 rolls. Plus the material will last several cleanings with a rubber stick, and still work fine. Good Stuff!!!!

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 04:17 AM

Grr… little white angel on my left shoulder says hold off. I’ve been tackling finances all year to get totally out of debt by end of the year (except mortgage). Tis why really haven’t brought any new machines to the house.
So, cancel this message. I’ll have to pass. But come January…..

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 09-29-2018 08:00 AM

Fiscal responsibility, always a good trait.

Except when ya can’t get new tools, then it’s a bummer at least until the next great deal comes along. They always do, sometimes ya just hate the wait between events.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 02:27 PM

I paid my credit card off only to max it out again recently :)

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#6 posted 09-29-2018 08:13 PM

It seems when I hesitate to buy the first thing that comes around, something better comes along.

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#7 posted 09-30-2018 12:57 AM

I do have a 16-32 Performax Plus lined up for $375 possibly on Sunday. It’s much closer (the 24-44 is 3 hours distant). A little easier on the wallet. We shall see.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#8 posted 10-03-2018 12:34 AM

Buyer Beware…

Check the motor plate, to determine how old the machine is. Check the drive-belt (pulls the wood through the sander); if this is worn, you’ll need to replace it (the wood will simply slip ahead of the drum, rather than be pulled through). Also, check to see if table level adjustments are possible. On the original machines, there was no adjustment to ensure the table is parallel to the sanding drum – and this makes it difficult to get an even cut.

MJCD

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#9 posted 10-03-2018 01:08 AM

Just gave one away in my move to Washington. It was a great machine for what I paid for it. No issues at all. $800 might be a little steep, but I guess it depends on where you live.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#10 posted 10-03-2018 01:57 AM

I passed on this machine. Instead, bought a $375 16-32 Performax that was more local and easier on the wallet. Maybe one day, a larger machine. But for the price tag of this little guy, I’ll work with that.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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