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Forum topic by rusty2010 posted 10-06-2011 03:56 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2011 03:56 PM

I’m in the market for a Drum Sander and I would appreciate your input. My budget is $1,000.00. I do a lot of furniture making and I would use it frequently. I also have a dust collection system. Supermax and Delta come to mind first. The open end idea is intriguing though I don’t know how good that works. Any input or experience would be greatly appreciated. Also, buying good used equipment is an option. Thanks

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 04:31 PM

I’ve has the Delta for over 10 years. The early ones like mine (31-250) had quite a few problems, and I seemed to have been one of the lucky ones; no problems with mine. They must have fixed them on the later models (31-255 and up), I’ve not read any of the complaints the first ones had on the later models. The open end part has worked real well for me, the 7-8 times I’ve used it, and gives you a lot more capacity without nearly as big a footprint the larger models would have. I’m completely unfamiliar with the Supermax sanders, and have always though that if/when my croaked I would go for the Performax 22/44 But at this point it doesn’t so any signs of giving up. The used ones represent a very good deal, and if you can find one in good shape might save you some bucks. I’ve seen the Delta’s as low as $250. The performax sanders I generally see are the 16/32’s, and they seem to run a little higher…maybe as low as $350. But I’ve also seen both of those models with prices as high as $850….which strikes me as a little too much.

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 05:03 PM

I have a 16/32 Jet. Was onsale at Woodcraft for 899.99(6-8 months ago) I find I use it more and more every day.
Minor tweaking out of the box and was good to go.

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 05:23 PM

I too recommend the Jet 16/32. I do not recommend the smaller one.
I use it frequently. I bought the Jet sandpaper (like drinking the kool aid) but I will now make my own from the jet pattern.

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 07:01 PM

I have the Jet 16-32. It is a great tool.

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 12:46 AM

Thanks for the input. I assume the open end sanders are no problem with uneveness ( is that a word). Have you heard anything about interchangeable brush and drum sander?

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 12:53 AM

We have the 26” 3hp steel city dual drum with variable speed. We love our sander. We build our own kitchen cabinet doors and so it gets used a ton. It really flattens panels very well. 3 hp is the smallest I would go. A 5hp would be better. I stall mine out sometimes when we do desk tops, like 25”*120”. I bought mine on CL for your given budget. I personally would look for a grizzly, they use 5 hp, or a woodmaster who also uses a 5 hp and 7.5 hp motor.

Just my opinion, but no way a smaller sander with 1.5 hp motor is in the .same playing field as a 600 lb sander with a 3-7 hp motor.

I think CL is your friend. Look at to look at nearby cities. I had to travel to Austin when I bought mine.

One other thing. We wrapped our sander in hook and that was the best thing we did, totally recommend using hook and loop sand paper, buy it in rolls and cut your own. I think is the place that can get you set up.

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