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Forum topic by againstthegrain posted 04-22-2008 04:37 AM 4046 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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againstthegrain

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04-22-2008 04:37 AM

OK, so the story goes like this . . . I own a Performax 16-32, and I hate it. It has seen very little use since I owned it. Not that I haven’t ewanted to use it, but I could NEVER get it aligned to the point that I was happy with it. It sits and collects dust. (Saw dust that is)

So I decided two weeks ago, that I was NOT going to be beaten by a tool. Time to refurbish, and align it . . . AGAIN! I ordered a new conveyor belt and new ceramic guide blocks. I read EVERYTHING on the net in regards to aligning the drum parallel to the table. Away we go . . . . almost six hours later . . . I’m beaten. The Performax is going up for sale on Craigslist tomorrow, and I am going to start researching manufacturers for a NEW DRUM SANDER.

So, lots of reading on the net. I discover Woodmaster. Lots more research, and I am liking what I am reading about the company and the machine. I am looking at their 38” single drum unit. So, I go to order their free DVD when I look at the address of the company and discover that they are in Kansas City, about an hour from me . . . well . . . FIELD TRIP!!!!

I just got back from touring the manufacturing plant. The tour was given by the President of the company. Now thats costumer service. I couldn’t believe that short of the screw rods, the machine is completly bulit here in Kansas City. I was able to watch them being buit. Tried one out in the showroom as well. AND, they offered me a great deal on a unit.

I am loking forward to buying one in a few weeks. It was a blast to see the machnes made, and great to know that IF I need service, they are just down the road. I will post a review once I make the purchase, and add another 30 AMP 220 to the shop. Good thing I installed a 200 amp service. My 220V machines are growing quickly. Blesings!!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.


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sandhill

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#1 posted 04-22-2008 04:49 AM

That’s what I call a field trip, So what was the problem with the 16/32? I hear a few problems here and there but nothing as to the machines performance. I know of a guy that tried to feed a 1 1/2” X 30” glued up table top through it 6’ long and bent the top drum but he was some how able to get it back in shape and love the machine…

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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GaryK

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#2 posted 04-22-2008 04:49 AM

Good luck with your new machine. I can’t say anything but good for my Performax 22/44. Took me only about
15 minutes to tune up and hasn’t needed adjustment in over 4 years. Oh, well.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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againstthegrain

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#3 posted 04-22-2008 05:00 AM

Sandhill,

I just don’t seem to be able to get the drum parallel to the table. I get it there, and then tighten the four bolts, and it is out again. I just don’t like a tool I have to fuss with. Woodmaster said that if their machine wasn’t accurate to .005 out of the crate, they would take it back, or come out and calibrate it.

I am glad you like yours Gary. I know MANY people do. I guess I am one of the weird ones.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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Al Killian

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#4 posted 04-22-2008 06:11 AM

They are great pepole to deal with over there. I enjoy my 25” 4-in-1 machine of theres. Hopefully soon I can add one of the sanders to may shop.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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motthunter

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#5 posted 04-22-2008 10:39 AM

good luck with your new toy. do you mind telling how much you paid?

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 04-22-2008 12:26 PM

Sorry about your experience with the drum sander. I don’t have one but I have been looking at either this one or the 22/44 (provided my wife will give me an advance on my allowance). I will be interested in seeing your review of the Woodmaster.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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DannyBoy

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#7 posted 04-22-2008 03:28 PM

Wow. I didn’t realize they were so close to me! I feel like I need to get my field trip on now.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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sandhill

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#8 posted 04-22-2008 05:12 PM

Againstthegrain, You must have a defective one in some way although .005 is close it sounds like yours is out more then that. What plane is it out on? have you tried shims?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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againstthegrain

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#9 posted 04-22-2008 05:34 PM

Sandhill,

I have tried everything. BUT, I am going out to try one more time. If I can’t get it aligned, up for sale it goes.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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Al Killian

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#10 posted 04-24-2008 03:00 AM

I would like to go there but, it would be a 15 hour drive each way.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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Woodn88s

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#11 posted 10-13-2008 12:41 PM

I have one of those 37” woodmaster sanders. I absolutely love it. Bought it on Craigs list. Mine is older (around 10 yrs old but runs like a charm.
The customer service at woodmaster is remarkable.
Before I had the 37”,
I had a 12” woodmaster I bought used for 100 bucks. It was an old one. I called Woodmaster and they sent me the original owners manual at no cost. They also hooked me up with any parts that I needed for that old machine.
Not sure if the variable feed/reversable rate is an option or standard on the new sander you are looking at but I would reccommend getting it.
good luck…............

-- I want to know Gods thoughts....rest are details "A. Einstein"

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