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Posted on Performax S/T... worth it for $150 ?

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 04:49 AM

I had one. I wasn’t wild about it but it worked.
For sanding small or thin parts I thought it
worked pretty well. I enjoyed using it for
making guitar parts but I was frustrated by
the slowness of sanding hardwood panels for
making cabinet doors and things like that. If
I took my eye off it for a second the wood could
stall and the drum would put a divot in the

It looks like the owner may have improved on
the radial arm saw column as a mount system.
I’d say it’s a bargain but the motor is underpowered
for sanding furniture parts.

One advantage of the design, if you have the space,
is that the head travels so extensive infeed and
outfeed support can be left in place for the
course of the job. I think if you have the space
adding this type of support could help alleviate
the tendency of work to stall. Mine didn’t have
the pressure rollers either, which the example
shown may.

I built a dust hood with a 4” port. Vigorous
dust collection cools the paper, probably preventing
glazing and stretching to some extent.

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