Is This A Good Deal? Jet PerformaX 16-32 Plus

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07-05-2017 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jet drum sander drum sander craigslist

I’m looking at purchasing a Jet PerformaX 16-32 Plus Drum Sander I found on Craigslist. It appears to be in great condition. It’s approximately 5 years old and still has the same paper on the roll it originally came with, at least that’s what I’m told. Guy is asking $650 for it. Seems kinda steep in my mind, but I’m not sure what a used one is worth. Any info would be helpful.


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#1 posted 07-05-2017 01:01 AM

No. Unless it comes with an awful lot of paper.

Used machine prices vary a lot regionally. Drum
sanders, imo. are real pita machines.

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#2 posted 07-05-2017 01:02 AM

honestly, $650 seems to be a fair price. i paid @ $1400 with stand and casters so better than the half rule. maybe offer him $500 and be prepared to pay $600-$650.
i would definitely test it to make sure everything tracks properly. good luck

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#3 posted 07-05-2017 02:11 PM

I paid $800 new a few (8-10) years back. Does it have the stand? Extension tables?

The extension tables are very nice to have, but easy enough to build yourself and save $100. If it has them, consider it as a bonus.

Check the up/down crank for excessive backlash and the belt for signs of tearing.

Pricing depends on a lot of things, typically 50% of purchase price for great condition can be considered a good deal.

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#4 posted 07-05-2017 02:27 PM

SEE RULE #5 :<))

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#5 posted 07-05-2017 02:31 PM

That’s a terrible terrible deal. Can you send me the craigslist posting so I could write the seller and tell him to lower the price ? ;-)

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#6 posted 07-05-2017 03:01 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I think I’m going to pass on the deal. Looked at it yesterday and IMO the machine has not been properly cared for.

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#7 posted 07-05-2017 08:02 PM

Rules of thumb, like the 50% rule, are only a starting point. If I needed a drum sander badly and didn’t have $1200, then I might very well pay $650 or more.. On the other hand, if I didn’t need the machine right away, I might hold off for a better opportunity. I already had a drum sander when I saw a guy on Craigslist wanting to sell his almost new 16-32 for a comparable jointer. I had just bought a new Jet JP12-HH and didn’t need my little 6” Ridgid any more. I called him up and we wound up trading an hour later (he lived in the next neighborhood). I have found many uses for 2 drum sanders and I am happy to have both but I would never have bought that second one except for the great deal.

I said all that to say you can’t really establish a good price for a tool by asking people on a woodworking forum. You have to look at new prices, age, condition and how desperate you are to have one. In your situation, $450 might be too high or $750 might be a great deal and only you can determine that.

Edit: I just looked and new ones are going for $1300 plus delivery and possibly tax. That makes the price a little more favorable to me.

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#8 posted 07-05-2017 08:17 PM

Usually the determination of whether it is a good price or not comes down to this:

If between the time you post the question in the forum and when you read the answers, the item is question has been sold then yes, it was a good deal.

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