Jet 16-32 Drum Sander Paper

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Forum topic by Jeremy Greiner posted 10-06-2012 08:26 PM 5426 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeremy Greiner

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10-06-2012 08:26 PM

When I purchased my drum sander it came with a free assortment of pre-cut sand paper. I went to change my sandpaper today and was getting frustrated that I can’t keep the sandpaper flat. After closer examination I noticed the taper cut on the sandpaper is not correct for the size of the drum. Am I the only one who noticed this? is this normal am I expected to just squish it down since it won’t lay out evenly? I’m having a hell of a time trying to get the sandpaper onto the drum sander and wondering if I should just get some different paper or what?


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#1 posted 10-06-2012 08:41 PM

I have this sander too. I’ve never had trouble getting the paper to stay flat. Do you have the right size paper or do you have one for the smaller 10-20 sander. I hate to state the obvious because you are a woodworker too but are you starting the paper on the right and turning the roll away from you. These sanders a a pain to change paper on. I got rid of my 10-20 because I could never change the paper… and I have small hands!
I have a conversion kit from Grizzley that I have yet to put on… it turns the whole thing into a hook and loop affair. As soon as I use up my jet paper, I’ll install the hook and loop mechanism. Dustbunny has more experience with this and will help me with the conversion… you may want to ask her via PM.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 10:09 PM


I have the same sander but made by Performax and the paper go at an angle not straight on. Kind of like 25* just make sure it is butted together and pulled tight. When you get to the end piece and put it in the tab, I do the process of tightening tight at the beginning and removing the little wiggle until I can get the last little bit into the last tab pulled tight

Hope it helps


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#3 posted 10-06-2012 10:43 PM

Yikes… that should be start the paper on the left… that’s why I’m not a surgeon!

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 03:39 AM

I have the Jet 22-44 but putting the paper on is the same method..just a different length. I buy my paper on a 50 yard roll and cut it myself…much cheaper that way. I saved the sheet that came with the sander and use it as a template to cut the paper. Sometimes if it is loose I just a wee bit off of the pointed end and re seat it in the clip on the right. This always seems to get a snug fit.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 07:32 PM

I have the Performax 16-32 also. Never a problem with the paper laying flat, but it can be a real PIG when it comes to changing paper. My little fat hands have a hard time getting in the tight space on the right of the drum to pull the fastening lever. I have tried to use the little tool that came with it, but then I am even more all thumbs. Some changes are easier than others, just like everything else in life. I buy rolls from Peachtree and cut my own. It is waaaaaaaaay cheaper that way.

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 03:11 AM

I have the Performax Supermax 25 single drum sander. Are you cutting the tapered ends square about 1” to 1-1/2” from where the taper comes to a point? This can help with getting the paper into the end clamps and not curl up inside that tiny space. Are you leaving any kind of a gap in between your wraps? I usually have to tighten a new wrap after a few passes. I check all the wraps to be sure nothing has overlapped and everything is tight. You can also call Supermax customer support and get some excellent help.

I have purchased the bulk rolls from Klingspor with much success. Purpleheart is still a challenge to sand, but oh well.

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#7 posted 12-31-2014 01:49 PM

Jeremy, I have been woodworking since 1987 and I am having a problem with the Jet Performax 16-32.
If you don’t get the paper tight it will overlap and cause burning. The sandpaper is just long enough to get through both clips. The right clip is a bear. It is a struggle . I am going to cut my own lengths of sandpaper from a bulk roll found on Amazon . It is cheaper and you can make the length a little longer . Make sure the paper is tight though. Turn the drum and run your hand over the paper right to left keeping the paper from overlapping . Then at the left push it through the clamp to tighten.

P.S. I am only having this problem with 80 grit. It pulls out of the right clip and starts flapping around.


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