Proformax 16-32 drum sander for $450?

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Hi everyone,
We are building our shop and I really, really want a drum sander. Found a proformax 16-32 on my local Craigslist for $450. Is this a good price, assuming, of course, it’s in solid, working condition?

Can anyone recommend a mid-range priced drum sander should this not pan out for me to investigate? I’d like to keep $$ under $800.



-- Taking Turns

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#1 posted 846 days ago

I use mine every day in a small custom shop. It takes a little time to learn what grit to use and how much to take off in one pass. Great tool. Get a dust deputy and you have to hook it up to a shop vac or a dust collector !

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 846 days ago

I’ve seen them sold for much less. There are a lot of them
floating out there languishing in home shops.

The cantilevered design is not as fantastic as you
imagine it will be.

They work well but they are slow to level any surface
and the tiniest high spots in boards being sanded will
cause problems. Thus you have to work very slowly
taking small cuts just to get the sander to cut evenly
across the width of the board.


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#3 posted 846 days ago

Why are you asking? Go inspect that thing and if is in good shape go get it!

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