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Forum topic by WoodenDreams posted 03-29-2021 01:20 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodenDreams

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03-29-2021 01:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander

I’ve been comparing open-end and closed end drum sanders. Looking for new, but don’t want to spend $3500 for a 26” Woodmaster drum sander . Or $2700 for the Laguna 25×2. So, I’ve been comparing 12” & 16”, over comparing several belt sanders (open and closed end). In the reviews most of these seem to have a feed belt drift issues.

Which of 12”, 16” or 18” in your opinions, seem to have the least infeed drift issues.


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#1 posted 03-29-2021 01:26 AM

What is the max you want to sand? And what is your budget?

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#2 posted 03-29-2021 01:28 AM

I like my Supermax 16/32….works very well.

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#3 posted 03-29-2021 01:31 AM

I do flatten 17” and 19” chest tops. But I plan on using this primarily for segmented turning, sanding between layers. I’m currently using a 12” disc sander for this. The budget can handle the Woodmaster or the Laguna 25×2, but I don’t want to spend that amount. I’m cheap.

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#4 posted 03-29-2021 01:49 AM



I m cheap.

- WoodenDreams

LOL. Same here. That’s why I always ask my wife. She asks one question, “which one is better?” “Get that one”

What about a grizzly? For 2 grand you can get 5 hp, 24” wide enclosed. Not super fast/variable speed rate, but 5 hp is awesome. Double drum would be great too.

FWIW, I love my woodmaster. :)

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#5 posted 03-29-2021 03:46 AM

I’ve had a Supermax 16/32 for a couple of years now and love it. Can you describe the drift issue you’ve seen in reviews? I’m not familiar with it.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#6 posted 03-29-2021 08:33 AM

The drift is the feed belt drifting to one side on the pulleys and ruining the belt if not caught in time. The Laguna 25×2 is 3 1/2” minimum length. The Woodmaster minimum length is 7”. The Grizzly 24”, minimum board length is 9”. With the segmented layers, there about 5” through 8”. I can probably use double sided tape with on a 12” board with the double drum sanders. Some reviews state the supermax feed belt drifting to the right on the pulleys.

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#7 posted 03-29-2021 10:30 AM

I like the Supermax line, mine is a 19/38.

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#8 posted 03-29-2021 11:40 AM

Also have a Superman (16/32].

I like it a lot but conveyor belt drift is a constant issue on mine and others have had issues, too.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 03-29-2021 12:25 PM

Thank you for the explanation, WoodenDreams. I’ve not had that issue at all on my Supermax.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#10 posted 03-29-2021 01:14 PM

Isn’t feed belt drift either a poorly made belt (inner diameter not the same across the width) or failure to adjust properly? Neither would be the machines fault. What else can cause drift?

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#11 posted 03-29-2021 01:26 PM


Isn t feed belt drift either a poorly made belt (inner diameter not the same across the width) or failure to adjust properly? Neither would be the machines fault. What else can cause drift?

- Ruscal

I don’t have any idea. Personally I think the issue is the belt. If you don’t pay attention and the belt slips to far once the edge gets frayed it will not longer track (as per Laguna Tech).

Loosening everything up and sliding belt over, I buggered my second conveyor belt. If you have the in/out feed tables you have to be sure the belt is above the bracket!!!!

The next one I buy will be an aftermarket see if there’s a difference.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#12 posted 03-29-2021 01:40 PM

Well if you have one that tracks bad, and reverse it and it tracks the other way, bad belt. Try Kingsplor, I’ve had good luck.
And lube the roller bushings.

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#13 posted 03-29-2021 02:06 PM

This maybe the obvious, stupid question but aren’t they adjustable?

My woodmaster drifted at first, I adjusted it and I haven’t touched it in over a year.

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#14 posted 03-29-2021 02:20 PM

The most expensive tool is the cheap one that won’t quite do the job or leaves you wanting the right one to start with.

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#15 posted 03-29-2021 03:49 PM

WRT the width question, you would be better served with a sander that can handle the full width of your work piece in single passes.

I have an older Performax 16/32 (and love it!) which is basically identical to the Jet’s and other makers of this size. Though spec’d at 16”, it really is only 15-1/2” of sanding width.
Don’t count on getting a “perfect” thickness by flipping your work piece (17”) as the cantilever design will always impart a measurable amount of taper and double your required passes. An 18”+ native width will make thing easier and as the width goes up, you usually get more HP and design rigidity.

The conveyor drift issue is one of the most sensitive adjustments for these style of sanders, but the fundamental design is sound and if there are no quality issues with the belt or rollers, you can get great tracking that stays set (haven’t touched mine in years).

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