|Forum topic by Brad_Nailor||posted 04-24-2012 04:44 AM||6080 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
04-24-2012 04:44 AM
I had been itching for an Ipad for some time now, and when things went my way this past Xmas, I was able to get the funds together to buy one. After thinking about it , I realized the Ipad was an expensive toy….maybe I should spend the money on something more usable. I have always wanted my own drum/belt, but new Jet 16/32’s were around $1200….double what I had to spend. So fate intervened, and I see a listing in CL for a slightly used, older Performax 16-32 drum sander. I send an email and the guy says all he has had was spammers and guys trying to work the price way down. I immediately went over to look at it, and bought it on site!
It was in almost perfect condition, and looked like it had barely been used. It’s a true pre Jet Performax. It also came with the in feed/out feed tables. I immediately took those off, cleaned it up, tensioned the belt and checked the drum for flatness. These models didn’t have the easy adjustability..if it isn’t flat you have to shim it to adjust it…what a pain..luckily this thing was dead on..no adjustment needed. So I immediately made a cart for it…
The D/C port was 2”, but my shop vac does a great job collecting the dust but the filter clogs quick..I will either build a cyclone into the base of the cart, of get a fitting and use my DC.
Didn’t come with any paper but some worn out 80 grit on the drum…I ordered a variety pack of pre cuts from Klingspor.. 2 80 grits a 60 and a 100..that should work for a while. I am so glad I grabbed this sander…it works awesome..it is so great to have the ability to drum sand parts to precise thicknesses..especially thin, small pieces. The guy wanted 675 for it, which was a great deal..I talked him down to 600…another CL steal!