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10-12-2011 04:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander

I am thinking about purchasing a drum sander and the reviews are all over the place on size and model. What do you guys use?

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 10-12-2011 04:56 AM

I have a half-finished ShopNote version. I sure could use a finished one. I hate the cantilevered ones so I’m building my own. I do small stuff so I don’t need a wide one.

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#2 posted 10-12-2011 05:44 AM

Saw an add for a jet 22-44. Asking $1200 on C.L. What do you think?

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#3 posted 10-12-2011 06:01 AM

I have a Jet 10-20. Love it/ hate it depending on the day. Recurring tracking problems with the feed belt. $1200 seems high but these things are pretty overpriced so may be a deal. (I know, not very helpful). Rance – You can take my little one home when you come to visit. I want a bigger one.

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#4 posted 10-12-2011 07:34 AM

I have the Jet 16-32, bought recently but loving it so far. $1200 sounds a bit high for a used 22-44, unless it is the oscillating model, in which case it’s a great deal.

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#5 posted 10-12-2011 09:45 AM

I have a 9” sand flea and a Jet 16/32. I like the Jet and use it every day. No problems with it.

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#6 posted 10-12-2011 10:08 AM

I have the |Jet 16-32, would give it top marks

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#7 posted 10-12-2011 12:45 PM

Jet 16-32… still the best in my opinion.

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#8 posted 10-12-2011 01:00 PM

I have one of the first Deltas on the market (31-250). While mine has been very good, many of the early ones suffered a fairly lengthy list of maladies. I’m guessing Delta solved most of the problems since you don’t read about them on the later made units. Even so, if mine goes belly up it’ll be replaced by the Performax/Jet 22/44. Before the Jet merger/purchase, Performax onlly made drum sanders; kinda their calling and they got the design down much better compared to Delta. My opinion,of course. But just for the record, my Delta does not shows signs of giving up anytime soon, and I bought it second hand/but unused…..and that was over 10 years ago.

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#9 posted 10-12-2011 02:03 PM

I had one of the first versions of the Delta 18-36” model. It worked well for pieces up to 18”, but would burn along the edge of the sand paper on wider pieces. About 3 years ago I upgraded to the Woodmaster 38” and have never looked back. I wish I had bought one years before.

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 01:52 AM

I have a grizzly “Baby drum sander” It is 12” wide and sands well. Mine is now a boat anchor though. The power feed motor only lasts about 15 months. That is past the warrante and I have replaced this motor twice now. I refuse to put more good money after bad so I now have a “boat anchor” just sitting there.

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 04:34 PM

PerformaX 10-20 Plus – - Excellent piece of machinery that you will really like if, and only if, you use it properly.

Take the extra time to make certain you have the sand paper securely in place and properly attached and only sand off a little bit with each pass. From pass to pass, I only lower the head by 1/8th of a turn of the wheel.

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

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#12 posted 10-13-2011 05:16 PM

Jet 16-32 paid about $800 for it. It’s great!

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#13 posted 10-13-2011 11:51 PM

I started with a Laguna 16-32. I paid around 225 for it on CL. This works well. Similar to the Jet 16-32
I now have a Grizzly 24” dual drum 5HP beast. It was 500 on CL and came with some paper and a nice mobile base. You can find a good deal on CL if you have the time.

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#14 posted 10-14-2011 01:47 AM

I have an older Performax 16-32Plus. I really like it, except for the fact that it’s a royal pain to get the sanding drum parallel to the bed. The newer version has an easy way to fix this, but mine is the older version that doesn’t allow you to easily make the adjustment. I’m still fighting with trying to shim it “just so”. If I could, I’d get another one of these, but I’d make sure it was the newer version, with the ease of adjustability. I paid $375 for mine, from an estate sale that I found on CL.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 10-14-2011 07:47 AM

I finally got a 10-20 because some of the banding that I make is upwards of 8-9 layers.Any angular deviation on the TS no matter how slight will affect the stack when I glue it. Winds up looking like the leaning tower of Pisa.
The sander will give me pieces that dont vary more than .002-.003”. I also use it to pre-sand pcs before assy.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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