some questions for drum sander users

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Forum topic by Greedo posted 01-07-2012 11:58 PM 1153 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2012 11:58 PM

Hello, i ordered the JET 22-44 OSCillating drum sander and it arrived yesterday, i spent the day installing it and extending my DC system to it. So far i am exited to really use it besides the tests i have done so far that were quite promising.
I didn’t order the extension tables with it, because i planned on making my own. I was thinking of making a 20” long infeed table, and a 40” long outfeed table.
I Wanted to hear from those who are familiar with these type of sanders if this was a good idea? Because i rarely see any extension tables on workshop pictures. And possibly get some other hints or tricks about them.
Like do you take it in account when you make furniture that you will pass it trough the sander, thus adding extra thickness in advance?

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 12:30 AM

I have the jet 16-32 and love it. It came with the extension tables and I find them useless for anything larger then a cabinet door or large cutting boards. I do a lot of work with large thick slabs and have two tables 2’x5’ for in feed and out feed. With those tables I can and have sent boards up 24”x12’ trought the sander with good results. I would think that you will be fine with tables that are at least 1/2 as long and 2/3 wide as what you plan on sanding. Just my .02

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 12:45 AM

I love mine the way it is, and for the cost of the tables I couldn’t pass it up. I haven’t had a need for larger tables.

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 07:53 PM

I’ve had a Performax 22-44 (before Jet bought them out) non-oscillating for 8 year now and it works today like the day I got it. I have had to replace the electronic variable speed control circuit board for the belt feeder a couple of times.

Resinous woods like cherry, pine, and cedar will burn the belt pretty quick if you are not careful. You have to take REALLY light passes with these woods with finer grits.

The important thing is to not use it as a planer. Even with 36 grit, it puts a heck of a strain on the drum motor and the feed motor. Use the planer to thickness and this machine to take light passes. With finer grits (150, 180) you want to take at most a 1/8 turn on the handle between passes.

If you have the machine tuned to be able to do two passes (wider boards) then it is a good idea to feed a wide board through, flip it around 180 degrees and feed it again. This will help with the very slight angle of the drum to the table that is needed to accommodate wide boards.

Get in-feed and out-feed extensions on the machine before you start using it. These make all the difference in the world.

HAVE GOOD DUST COLLECTION! It will fill a room very fast with dust.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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