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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 547 days ago 3752 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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547 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: sander drum sander performax 16-32

Well, the other night (Thursday) I was bored at like 12 AM before bed and popped open my iPad. I went on Craigslist as is pretty customary for me when I’m bored to peruse the local Tools section. I’ve been doing this for some time now and have had some pretty good finds but never that BIG score. I happened to come across a Performax 16-32 Plus drum sander which I’ve had on my short list of tools that I want to purchase when I eventually get around to it or find it for a decent price. I emailed the guy (twice from two different email addresses just to make sure he got it) and he didn’t reply. I had submitted to the fact that the sander had already sold while I was working the next day (Friday). At 3:30 PM I got a call from a blocked number and it was him. I asked if I can come see it but he was only going to be around until 5PM and I live about an hour away from him (with Chicago traffic at this time it would have been nearly impossible for me to get there on time). It kind of worked out though because as it turns out Saturday is my birthday and my wife threw me a surprise party on Friday night with all my closest friends so it would have been a bit odd if the guest of honor wasn’t there :)

So, I agree with him to come Saturday morning (day of my birthday) and take a look at the sander (aka buy it). I picked up my cousin and we made our way over there to pick it up. The sander comes with a box of unused sanding rolls (don’t know the cost, he estimated roughly $40) and the extension tables, which, from my understanding, were a $100 accessory when purchased new. I inspect the sander, seems to be in great condition, the drum, as he points out, is in great shape. There is some exterior paint on the back of the drum housing because he had a spray booth set up in his shop next to the sander’s location but I could care less about it really. I turn it on, runs pretty smoothly. I run a board through it, seems to sand just fine. I’m no expert at inspecting machines and this is my first drum sander so I have no idea what to look for but it seems to me that all things check out great (matter of fact, I could use a bit of advice on how to really “test” this puppy to make sure my panels/whatever else will be coming out nicely out of it and where to buy some more rolls of paper in different grits would also be welcome).

Anyway, what was the final price of this sander, you may be asking yourself at this point? A whopping $150 :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com


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Wdwerker

331 posts in 828 days


#1 posted 547 days ago

Wow! You got a deal.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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MShort

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#2 posted 547 days ago

DITTO… WHAT A DEAL !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Cosmicsniper

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#3 posted 547 days ago

Nice, Matt! Great deal…and you’ll love it.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 547 days ago

For this CL SCORE, you have earned an official LJs…..

”YOU SUCK!!!”

Great score!!! I’m sure you will enjoy using it.

The one “check” that I can think of, is to measure the final thickness of each side (left edge vs. right edge) of a sanded board. You want to verify that the “arm/drum” is parallel to the table and not flexing when sanding.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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CL810

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#5 posted 547 days ago

You sir are a very lucky man. Did you go and buy a lottery ticket or did you figure you’d used up all your luck?

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Matt Przybylski

433 posts in 973 days


#6 posted 547 days ago

Thanks guys! I was giddy when I saw the post on CL thinking it was too good to be true.

@DIYaholic: good point, I’ll definitely do that.

@CL810: haha, I figured it was all out by then plus a little bit of birthday spirit.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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JesseTutt

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#7 posted 547 days ago

I wish I could have found mine at the price. Would you be willing to post close-up pictures of how the extension tables attach? I would love to add a home-made set to mine.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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MisterBill

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#8 posted 547 days ago

Nice haul. I use my Performax 16-32 all of the time!

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SnowyRiver

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#9 posted 547 days ago

Great get. Congrats!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Scott

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#10 posted 547 days ago

I think you should resell it and make a profit. I’ll happily give you $200 for it ;)

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Matt Przybylski

433 posts in 973 days


#11 posted 547 days ago

@JesseTutt: absolutely, next time I’m in the “shop” I’ll snap some pics for you.

@Scott: lol, I thought about that though in the sense that even if I didn’t end up using it much I can always resell it for a profit though I doubt I won’t use it much :)

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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runswithscissors

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#12 posted 547 days ago

I paid $125 for mine, but it needed work, and didn’t have a stand or extension tables. It vibrated quite a bit, which may be why the price was so low. When I checked it out, I found quite a lot of dust build up inside the drum, which is open at the ends. This buildup was concentrated at one side, which threw it out of balance.

Grizzly has the sanding belts. I have used Jet belts, which are already cut to fit. (They bought out Performax, which is now branded as a Jet). Grizzxly also has a hook & loop conversion kit, which I have purchased, but not installed yet.

Enjoy your new toy!

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toolie

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#13 posted 547 days ago

that’s a really excellent deal. my ryobi 16/32 was $225 and i thought that was a good deal. $150 is almost like stealing it. good luck with it.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Mark Smith

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#14 posted 547 days ago

I bought the Jet version of that same sander brand new a few months ago and it was $900 without the extensions. So yeah, you got a good deal.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Whitewalls

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#15 posted 547 days ago

Well Matt, nice job. I was looking at the same ad the other night. LOL I just didn’t have the cash to spend on that. LOL

-- Jared, Northern IL

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