A few questions about Performax drum sanders

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 05-16-2012 06:39 PM 2658 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2012 06:39 PM

I recently picked up a used Performax 16-32 drum sander and have a few questions for those with the same or a similar machine. First, I need to pick up some sandpaper for it, but the reviews on Amazon say the Jet paper (I guess Jet bought Performax) is junk. I remember reading a recommendation somewhere where someone recommended an OEM but now I can’t find that info, so if anyone uses OEM paper and is happy with it, I’d be interested to hear your recommendations.

Also, from what I’ve read online, it seems as though the machine comes with a tool which is used to unhook the latch that holds the paper on the drum, but I didn’t get that with my machine. I’m wondering if that’s something I’m going to need or if I can get by using a pair of pliers or something else. I haven’t tried to remove the paper on the machine now because it presently works and I don’t want to take the paper off until I have new paper to replace it with.

Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 08:14 PM


I have the same size Ryobi version of the Performax, but there almost identical in design. I bought the Jet paper off Amazon and I have not had a problem with any of the grits as of yet. I have seen the comments that people made in regards to the Jet paper being crappie, but I have not had any problems.

I don’t know if this is where our machine differs but I don’t require a tool to unhook the latch to change out the paper. On the Ryobi I can reach my finger down and pull it up to run the end of the sandpaper through the clasp and then the sprinkler on the mech. hold tension on the sandpaper around the roll. It’s not fun to change paper on a drum sander but once you get used to it, it goes rather quick.

Hope this helps.


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#2 posted 05-16-2012 08:53 PM

I’ve had the Performax 16-32 for over a decade. I always use the jet paper with no complaints.

-- Ken

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 02:01 AM

That little tool to help you change paper is handy in that it not only lifts the clip, but holds the paper to the drum at the same time. It is not essential but I use mine on both my Jet and my bigger Craftsman every time I change paper. The Jet paper will work fine but it is MUCH cheaper to cut your own strips from bulk rolls. I buy the 50 yard rolls from Supergrit: good quality and GOOD service.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 02:41 AM

You might also consider Klingspors for your sandpaper needs. I agree with Andy on buying bulk and cutting your own strips. Some of the bulk rolls are pre-marked for your machine letting you know exactly where to cut. The rolls cut easily with a utility knife from the cloth side. The tool for the drum is awesome. I bought an extra tool so I would never be w/o one.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 05:17 AM

I never used the tool, just hook my finger in there and release the catch. Klingspor paper is good, the blue stuff is great but $$$
I have been getting my paper from Peachtree Woodworking lately, great price on import sandpaper. Biggest trick is learning how much to take off in 1 pass and how fast to feed. The harder the wood the smaller amount you take off and watch the speed, burns start as resin build up on the abrasive. Clean the drum often .

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 03:41 PM

I have and have used the Delta model for a number of years. I cant help as far as the “tool” you reference. I would agree with the advice to check out Klingspor for the sandpaper. I’ve used their paper and I’ve used paper from Delta with good results. I dont use the sander as much as I probably could just because the dang machine is finicky to set up right. It really hogs off wood with more aggressive paper grits though.

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 04:18 PM

I have a 16/32 and also use Klingspors 3” wide cloth roll. Andy is correct, it is alot cheaper to buy in bulk.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 08:37 PM

I have a JET 16-32. Like wdwerker I also use Peachtree bulk rolls and am very satisfied with the VALUE that I get from them. The precut rolls are waaaaay too pricey for me.Again, be careful about the resin buildup burn, especially with oily exotics. It will ruin your work piece quickly. Using this on tearout prone woods for thicknessing is where the 16-32 shines. I don’t use the little tool much, but instead use my finger to release the catch. Both methods are kind of awkward to me, but then again, I’m kind of contrary. You will be surprised how useful this tool is and how much you will use it.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 03:05 AM

I tried to find a picture of the “tool” on the website, but no luck. It’s basically a twisted piece of approximately 3/16” steel rod about 4” long overall, which provides leverage to lock down the sandpaper on the RH side for my sander.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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