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Forum topic by TxRemodeler posted 03-12-2020 12:47 AM 927 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TxRemodeler

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03-12-2020 12:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: dual drum sander performax supermax

Hello all. I have been hunting for a used drum sander and have dibs on this. Seller is out of town for a few days. Should i take a good look or pass? Asking $1k and needs a new conveyor belt. I really have been wanting a new (ish) Supermax 19-38. How would this unit compare? Any previous or current owners of 25×2? Would appreciate any insights. Thanks!

Ed

“I have a performax dual drum sander. This thing is a beast. It has a 5hp Leeson motor that is 3 phase. I also have a rotary converter that runs off 220…”


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#1 posted 03-12-2020 04:15 AM

I like the idea of the dual drums but heard they were a bit finicky to dial in. I would increase dust port bore to 6 inches for use with 3hp collector. I was curious if an older model like this was perhaps better built? Would the 3 phase motor with converter be a plus or minus? A sales clerk at Rockler thought the intelisand feature might be more advanced on newer models – is this a negative? Thanks.

Ed

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#2 posted 03-12-2020 09:44 AM

I know a few owners of that exact machine, and they call my 19/38 a toy. I can’t say I’ve ever heard them talking about any difficulty in adjustment. In the not too distant past there was a thread about how hard it was to change paper in a 19/38? I don’t note a difficulty with mine.

I think any of those issues are going to be different for each user. IF that dual drum machine is running well, and not in need of a total rebuild, I think going with a new 19/38, you would pay more to get a lot less capability.

Older is the key here, at least for me. If it was made by SuperMax, pre JET fiasco, or post regrouping it may be a better tool than you will get new from Laguna, now that they have bought out SuperMax. That machine looks to be post JET, and pre Laguna.

I’ve been near to buying a Laguna band saw, and each time a spat of threads claiming them to have absolutely no customer service, caused me to step back. My Friend Fred, has more recently purchased the Lauguna Supermax tool, and he’s happy with it from what he has said, so maybe I’m just full of gas?

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#3 posted 03-12-2020 10:24 AM

What SteveN said, to me it would depend on exactly how old it is. It might be a lot higher quality than the currently available models. My 19/38 is Taiwanese, something I tried unsuccessfully to avoid. I ordered it just when the switch to overseas production was made and didn’t get a USA one. Still, it seems to be well made and I have no complaints (yet), but I would give it up for a domestic model. I know for sure if i had that 25×2, I would do as Ed suggested and increase the dust port to 6”, or possibly 2-4” pickups (one on each side).

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#4 posted 03-12-2020 12:29 PM

I have rarely needed Laguna customer service, never on my 14SUV, and only a few questions about a used 19/38 sander, but all calls were well handled. I would not that let you run away from great bandsaws

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#5 posted 03-13-2020 04:49 AM



I know a few owners of that exact machine, and they call my 19/38 a toy. I can t say I ve ever heard them talking about any difficulty in adjustment. In the not too distant past there was a thread about how hard it was to change paper in a 19/38? I don t note a difficulty with mine.

I think any of those issues are going to be different for each user. IF that dual drum machine is running well, and not in need of a total rebuild, I think going with a new 19/38, you would pay more to get a lot less capability.

Older is the key here, at least for me. If it was made by SuperMax, pre JET fiasco, or post regrouping it may be a better tool than you will get new from Laguna, now that they have bought out SuperMax. That machine looks to be post JET, and pre Laguna.

I ve been near to buying a Laguna band saw, and each time a spat of threads claiming them to have absolutely no customer service, caused me to step back. My Friend Fred, has more recently purchased the Lauguna Supermax tool, and he s happy with it from what he has said, so maybe I m just full of gas?

- therealSteveN

Great info! I am going to inspect tomorrow afternoon. Will have to figure out how to move the beast if I purchase?!?

I have a 14BX that I am very pleased with. Build quality seems top notch and have had no reason to contact Laguna support.

Anyone have feedback on the 3 phase motor with converter? I assume that this was a replacement motor at some point?

Thanks!

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TxRemodeler

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#6 posted 03-13-2020 11:20 PM

I went and thoroughly inspected the 25×2, and I am happy to report that she has a new owner!!! Me!!! Meet a cool knife maker that gave me a good overview of all features.

The deck was absolutely flat and the crank system, while needing a good cleaning, worked well. I was really stunned at how quiet it ran! USA quality for the win…

Can’t wait to get her up and running. Appreciate the thoughts on model!

Ed

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#7 posted 03-14-2020 01:43 AM

Enjoy the new toy!!! I just picked up a used 19/38. I don’t know how I lived without it.

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