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Forum topic by richgreer posted 09-30-2011 03:54 PM 1372 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2011 03:54 PM

For years I have been thinking that I didn’t need a drum sander. Then a friend decided to upgrade his drum sander with a bigger model and he offered to sell his used Performax 10 – 20 Plus at a reasonable price. I bought it.

What a delightful tool! I used it yesterday and now I regret not getting one earlier.

I now own 8 different power sanders and, with one exception, each one serves a different purpose. In my opinion, my stationary belt sander and my disk sander are redundant.

My 5 stationary sanders are belt, disk, strip, OSS and drum. My 3 hand held sanders are belt, ROS and finishing. This does not include putting a drum on a drill or using a dremel (which I do on occasion).

You would think with this many different types of power sanders, I would never have to sand by hand. Not true. It seems like every project has at least one situation that requires hand sanding.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 04:08 PM

I have the same unit, and couldn’t agree more. I would hate to be without it. I actually use it mostly for precision thicknessing of various parts for my boxes, and for that purpose there is no real substitute. Also works with any width paper roll. Just clamp the left side and use a wrap or two of masking tape to hold the right. The right hand clamp can be a bit fussy.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 04:15 PM

This is one on my list. As with most woodworkers, sanding is my least favorite process, but is one of the most important in making professional level looking projects. One day this will be in my shop…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 05:01 PM

Yeah it is one of those things that when you are buying you question if you really need it, then once you get it home and start using it you question why it took you so long. I love my Jet 16-32

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 05:15 PM

You are going to love having your new drum sander…I have a Jet 22-44 and love it. One of my extensively used tools. Hand sanding is always necessary and I probably do alot more than most people because of the sculpted boxes I create…they don’t lend thenselves to machine sanding.
I have reached a position where I like the hand sanding because i realize it is an important part of my finished project…and if I were to get a mindset that I did not enjoy something then I probably wouldn’t get my best possible results and every little detai ans stepl is extremely important,

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 06:00 PM

Yup, do a lot of sanding, and some day, after a few other purchases gonna own one of those.

Cool, 41 deg, and rainy here in Anchorage….Sherie is down in La Conner, WA and she has a little sunshine this morning and then the rains will be there also…..54 deg in La Conner….........

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 07:13 PM

Congrats on the new tool. At what point or size do these machines require 220 power? What type of life is expected from the sandpaper, and is it easily obtained at reasonable prices? Sorry for all the questions. Oh yeah, one more, do they have universal motor, or are they induction.

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 07:53 PM

Shane – - I’m sure when you get up to the industrial sized drum sanders, they are 220, but ever sander I have seen, designed for the home shop (up to 22”) uses 110.

Regarding sandpaper – - It is readily available. I haven’t owned this long enough to comment on longevity of the sandpaper, but the paper seems similar to the paper on my belt sander. I don’t know the technical terms, but I refer to the paper as the brown paper and the green paper. The green paper lasts a very long time on my belt sander and I expect the same on my drum sander.

The sander has 2 electric motors. One drives the drum. It is a 1 hp induction motor running at 1720 rpm. The second motor is much smaller and it drives the feed belt at variable speeds. That is a universal motor. The little universal motor makes a lot more noise than the bigger induction motor.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 09-30-2011 08:33 PM

Thanks for the info, since the “main” motor is induction, is it fair to say the machine should have a fairly long life span, and getting a good used one can still have some good miles left on it? They are a machine that looks quite useful, and I may look to pick one up someday, although honestly, I have no space left. But just dreaming a little bit.

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#9 posted 09-30-2011 10:03 PM

I bought a 16/32 Jet this summer and love it. I too have several other sanders(including a 9” sand flea) but I find myself using this more and more.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 09-30-2011 10:05 PM

I’ve had mine for over 10 years, and to be honest when I bought I was trying to help out a friend who needed to sell it. All that time I was thinking “what am I going to do with this thing?”. Since then, it has become the 4th or 5th most used tool in the shop. Almost every project has wood that goes across the drum sander. Mine is one of the original Deltas (31-250), one of the few good ones I guess…never had any problem with it. But if/when it dies I’ve got my eye on the 22/44.

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