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01-03-2014 01:33 AM

Is a Performax 16-32 sander in good condition worth $325 used?

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 01:47 AM

I have one, I like it. They are a bit old though – JET bought them out a few years ago. That price is about 1/3 of the new price so it seems like a decent deal if it’s working correctly. They don’t come up enough on my CL to get an accurate guess. Try googling “Performax 16 32 for sale” without the quotes and you might find some old CL ads.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 01:50 AM

It’s a 2005 model. It also includes the infeed/outfeed extension tables.

Based on the pics, it looks to be in really good condition.

I’m in the middle of building a staircase for my parents, and this looks like it would save me a bunch of time sanding the treads.

I also love the idea of using it on my end grain cutting boards. Way way WAY easier than the router planer.

Is it a handy tool to have around? Or more like a “nice to have” but no big deal?

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 01:51 AM

You’re looking at about $1,000 retail value. I’ve seen the Jet model on sale but even on sale it was over $900. As longs as it’s in good shape I think it’s a great price. I have the Jet version and I’m very happy with it. I used to use it for rough sanding but recently bought a variety of sand paper down to 220 grit. I sanded some cutting boards down to 220 grit and was left with very little hand sanding to finish it off.

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

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 01:54 AM

On your last question, it’s only nice to have if you don’t like standing over your wood for hours on end with a hand sander. If you love hand sanding then don’t buy this. But if you’d rather just stand there and feed the wood through, then it’s worth it. Also duct collection is a must with this sander. This thing produces so much saw dust without dust collection it would likely all clog up inside. When I forget to turn on the dust collector I know within seconds as the mess starts fast.

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

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 01:55 AM

For me it’s been a “nice to have” but now I’m trying to use a bunch of small scraps that are way too small to go in a planer,and I’m finding it very useful. I guess it all depends on what you think you’re going to use it for. It’s not a planer,it’s a sander. You can use it to thin wood but only if you have a lot of time to kill. It can be finicky to use, there is a learning curve when it comes to conveyor speed and how much pressure (how big a bite) you need. It’s not like a giant industrial drum sander where you can just throw a painted door in one end and out comes a clean piece of wood on the other end.

EDIT: And Mark makes a great point about dust collection. If you don’t have a DC, forget about using this until you get one. And a little shopvac isn’t going to cut it. If you don’t suck out the dust it will cake your sandpaper and burn your wood in about half a nanosecond.

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 01:56 AM

Man I wish I could get deals like that,a repaired one was offered to me for $600 without the infeed/outfeed tables and I thought that was a good deal for up here.not many people seem to want to part with their old drum sander.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 02:01 AM

jtm you lucked out because I just did a Google search and I can’t find this one for sale for $325. If I did find it I would have bought it out from under you. :) Okay, I wouldn’t have, but I’d almost pay $325 for one in good shape just so I could have two in the shop so I could keep two different grits of sand paper on them. But it’s really not difficult to change the paper so I doubt I’d go through with that plan.

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

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 02:45 AM

I would buy that in a heartbeat! And I already own 2 drum sanders! You buy it and if it works and you don’t like it, I offer you a profit!

You can’t have too many drum sanders!

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 03:20 PM

I bought an older one to. The biggest difference I see is that the new models have a circuit built in which automatically slows the speed of the conveyor belt when too aggressive a cut is taken. That circuit is not in my unit. It is possible to add it, but it would cost more than I paid for the whole unit.

I use mine a lot, but most people who haven’t used one think it will take a much larger amount of wood off in a single pass. I rarely take more than a 64th or 32nd of an inch. Often I will run two passes or more without changing the depth. Overdoing the cut depth invites disaster.

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 03:27 PM

That is a great price IMHO. I would buy it in a heart beat. I have a drum sander and use it far more than I thought I would. +1 on the advice from Just Joe and Mark Smith…I would say they are spot on about everything.
Mike

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 03:46 PM

I would jump on that deal quickly. I have a jet 22-44 and could easily use a second one. The 16-32 is a good size.

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 03:57 PM

I just found one in the Detroit area for $750 that looked pretty well worked over. $325 sounds like a great deal.

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#13 posted 01-03-2014 04:00 PM

For anyone else looking for this model, there is a CL deal in Central Ohio for $300. Unit looks to be in good shape. I would purchase it myself but i bought the Ryobi clone for $100 earlier in the year.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 05:27 AM

Well….........................

Took a ride up to the seller’s house this afternoon and came home with a new (to me) drum sander.

The unit is in great condition. My 2 month-old Dewalt planer has more dust on it than this does.

Now I’m going to go make some end grain cutting boards without any cauls, specifically so I’ll have to use the drum sander to level them. lol

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 06:19 AM

Good luck with it. I think you’ll like it. It won’t completely replace your orbital sander, but it will cut way down on how much you have to use it.

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

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