|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 01-20-2013 04:16 PM||5869 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
01-20-2013 04:16 PM
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