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11-16-2020 12:26 AM

So I think my Christmas and birthday gift this year may just be a drum sander (I have the best husband in the world!). I’m super excited and it just started to look into details. This site is one I plan to review more closely. As I continued my search I would love to hear from the LJ on what you have found to be must-haves when it comes to a drum sander for a home hobby shop.


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#1 posted 11-16-2020 12:49 AM

Look at woodmaster. American made, simple, strong machines that are made to last.

I use mine with jepuflex paper from mirka. Excellent results.

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#2 posted 11-16-2020 02:21 AM

Dug in to look a prices…ouch! Might be off the list unless some amazing sales pop up.

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#3 posted 11-16-2020 02:39 AM


Dug in to look a prices…ouch! Might be off the list unless some amazing sales pop up.

- BB1

All I can say is I had a 16/32 before. It was the worst 800$ I ever spent. I made sure I wasn’t going to have that problem again. I am also making furniture full time so sanding is a major priority.

I understand that the newer, smaller models like 16/32s have drastically improved. With smartsand tech and such.

I love the fact they are American made. It’s important to me and there service is second to none.

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#4 posted 11-16-2020 02:48 AM

How do you like this one for about $1500
https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/supermax-19-38-drum-sander-71938-d?cm_mmc=Google-_-PRODUCTFEED-_-Supermax_Tools-_-71938-D&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwMP9BRCzARIsAPWTJ_EXFbsKvroBFkZgQeEO9moSdvqmbclnWFDkJG9PG4jxUPwMbhFJbr0aAmmGEALw_wcB#

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-16-2020 02:48 AM


Dug in to look a prices…ouch! Might be off the list unless some amazing sales pop up.

- BB1

All I can say is I had a 16/32 before. It was the worst 800$ I ever spent. I made sure I wasn’t going to have that problem again. I am also making furniture full time so sanding is a major priority.

I understand that the newer, smaller models like 16/32s have drastically improved. With smartsand tech and such.

I love the fact they are American made. It’s important to me and there service is second to none.

- CWWoodworking


Woodmaster looks like a very quality tool. Scanned there webpage and, wow, definitely high end. I try to buy for longterm but have to balance with the reality of this being a hobby (at least until I retire…maybe a second career??). I appreciate your insights.

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#6 posted 11-16-2020 02:57 AM


How do you like this one for about $1500
https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/supermax-19-38-drum-sander-71938-d?cm_mmc=Google-_-PRODUCTFEED-_-Supermax_Tools-_-71938-D&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwMP9BRCzARIsAPWTJ_EXFbsKvroBFkZgQeEO9moSdvqmbclnWFDkJG9PG4jxUPwMbhFJbr0aAmmGEALw_wcB#

- Jim Jakosh


Thanks for the link.
Seems to have overall positive reviews. Hoping to see some sales as the holidays approach (saved a bit a few years back on my table saw). Supermax and Jet seem to pop up in this price range. Haven’t looked a Grizzly (I’m near Springfield Missouri so could go in person there).

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#7 posted 11-16-2020 04:14 PM

I have the Grizzly G0458 and I would not recommend it. Compared to Supermax 16/32 it is terrible.

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#8 posted 11-16-2020 04:21 PM

WoodCraft has the Jet 16-32 on sale for $200 off

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 11-16-2020 04:23 PM

Drum sanders bring a variety of frustrations to woodworking. One of them is stalling from taking too deep a pass. Passes must generally be quite shallow so you’ll spend a lot of time standing around waiting for the sander to do its thing. A more powerful 220v motor will handle deeper passes more effectively, imo.

There are oscillating sanders on the market now. If I were buying new today I’d put a 3-5hp oscillating model on my list of possibles.

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#10 posted 11-16-2020 04:49 PM

I have the Supermax 19/38, and it’s turned out to be quite an improvement over a Delta I had some years ago. It’s worthy of consideration. Don’t forget you need really good dust collection for one of these things.

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#11 posted 11-16-2020 07:13 PM

Must haves? Dust collection!

There is a big learning curve with all the “gotchas” like avoiding snipe, burning/fouled belts, technique, etc. More so than most larger power tools but that is just the world we create in.

I bought a Performax 16/32 years ago and it has been a solid performer for me. No mechanical issues at all, though I was able to fix a few electrical issues, most were “defects” like cheap parts (circuit breaker) and some were just typical failures of components that I was able to fix myself and save $$.

When I first started using it, I thought it seemed fairly limited in its utility. Now it is probably the second most used tool (behind the table saw). It completes me 8^)

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#12 posted 11-16-2020 07:24 PM

I bought the Supermax 16-32 and it arrived two weeks ago. After 120 board ft thru the machine it sounded like a dropped bearing. I called and they have sent me a new head assembly. Good warranty. As far as the time I used it the quality was good with little to no snipe. I had a hard time getting the infeed and outfeed tables aligned / took some time.

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#13 posted 11-17-2020 02:28 AM

Seriously consider the wood master I owned the 16/32 performax and agree it was the worst $800 I’ve spent on a tool. I’ve owned the Woodmaster 26” for 14 years. Bought it used and from an individual who used it in hi business
for 6 years. Only thing I’ve done is change sandpaper. You won’t be sorry!

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#14 posted 11-17-2020 02:43 AM

Woodmaster sure looks like a winner but new is a bit too much $$$.

Socrbent noted the sale on the Jet (plus free shipping) – anyone have experience with that model? Price isn’t the only factor – but it is one of them.

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#15 posted 11-17-2020 03:00 AM



How do you like this one for about $1500
https://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/supermax-19-38-drum-sander-71938-d?cm_mmc=Google-_-PRODUCTFEED-_-Supermax_Tools-_-71938-D&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwMP9BRCzARIsAPWTJ_EXFbsKvroBFkZgQeEO9moSdvqmbclnWFDkJG9PG4jxUPwMbhFJbr0aAmmGEALw_wcB#

- Jim Jakosh

Looked more at this and sure does get positive reviews. With the special handling fee it is close to $1600.

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