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08-14-2019 12:27 PM

Hey all, I’ve been an observer from afar for a pretty good while now. I’ve learned a great deal from this forum. I’m finally able to begin putting my workshop together with the main structure being almost complete. That said, I’m beginning to buy some of the tools I don’t have, but that I want. My question … is $1700 a good deal on a SuperMax 37HD that’s about 12 years old? It’s 3PH with a converter to make it 1PH. Looks to be in good shape and good working condition.


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#1 posted 08-15-2019 01:50 PM

You could get a used wide belt for around $3,000 for a 25” model or for a 37” model you would pay roughly $4,000 to $5,000. I used to have a SuperMax 25×2 and hated it. Mainly because I bought it to sand cabinet doors and drawer fronts which was a poor choice of tool for the job. The drum sander left horrible lines and cross grain scratches. I sold it for $1,500 when it was just a year old and bought a used 25” wide belt and never looked back. I only paid $1,500 for the wide belt but I have about $2,000 or so in a phase converter that runs my wide belt and 5 other machines. No lines and much much less cross grain scratches. The SuperMax was a questionable 5HP and my wide belt is 10HP 3 phase. Much better machine.

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#2 posted 08-15-2019 03:22 PM


You could get a used wide belt for around $3,000 for a 25” model or for a 37” model you would pay roughly $4,000 to $5,000. I used to have a SuperMax 25×2 and hated it. Mainly because I bought it to sand cabinet doors and drawer fronts which was a poor choice of tool for the job. The drum sander left horrible lines and cross grain scratches. I sold it for $1,500 when it was just a year old and bought a used 25” wide belt and never looked back. I only paid $1,500 for the wide belt but I have about $2,000 or so in a phase converter that runs my wide belt and 5 other machines. No lines and much much less cross grain scratches. The SuperMax was a questionable 5HP and my wide belt is 10HP 3 phase. Much better machine.

- SweetTea

SweetTea, thanks. The only reason I can’t go with a wide belt sander is because my wood shop is the on the second floor of the location I built for it (I will have a retail shop on the first floor to sell from). I have 24” webbed floor trusses on 19.2” centers, and they will support about an 85 PSF live load. A wide belt sander would far exceed this amount. So, I have to go with a drum sander because they only weigh ~500lbs.

On your 25×2, shouldn’t the drum outfitted with your finer grit sandpaper have removed the lines and cross grain scratches? Worst case scenario, minimal use of a ROS to remove any traces of sanding lines left by the 25×2 ?

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