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Forum topic by gillyd posted 03-24-2012 08:54 PM 10263 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2012 08:54 PM

So I have alerts setup on my craiglist application that runs on my phone – set to drum sander. I see one pop up this last week for a Large Drum Sander (Supermax 25×2) – $600 OBO. First thing I say to myself is wow I haven’t seen one of these on here before, I’ve seen a ton of Performax 16/32’s, etc, but this Super max is the first commercial grade one I have seen. Then I see the price and I had a double take, they are nearly 4k retail new.

So I email the lady and its a very nice older couple looking to unload it because they can’t do wood working anymore. I said I’ll be there to pick it up on Saturday (after seeing the picture – was very well taken care of) – in the next 2 days she gets calls and people stopping by offering them more money – but here is the most amazing thing – she said no because I was the first caller and I said I was going to buy it. This is the generation that meant what they said and said what they meant, and a handshake and someones word meant something.

Long story short – I spent a good part of my morning today sitting in their wood shop talking about their life and family – I met some friends today. I also bought about 100 BF of walnut from them, which I purposely offered more than the going rate – they deserved it.

I will post pictures and do a review on it – I am in the middle of cleaning it up and waxing it down. I did run a few boards through it – wow it is a beast, definitely the coolest tool in my shop now – cooler than my powermatic band saw or general table saw. The leeson 5hp motor is definitely cool. Forgot to say that he also gave me 300 dollars worth of sandpaper for it – all grits!

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 09:00 PM

You got lucky. It’s a good thing they waited for you. Most people would have sold it to the first one with the money. I’ll last you forever.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 09:11 PM

Oooooooooh. That’s a biggun’ !!

Rule: No pics—-> Didn’t happen ;-)

Congrats !

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 12:33 AM

I’m glad you scored a great one GillyD!

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 01:19 AM

like neil said …. ” i caught a fish this big” .... Nah no pics i put it back. ;)

Killer score.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 01:58 AM

Nice! Nice!Good luck with it.

-- BiLL @wee3

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#6 posted 03-25-2012 02:02 AM

Yeah yeah – I just got done using mineral spirits all over it – and adding johnsons paste wax. I was thinking about blowing out the leeson motor but I’m not sure it needs it. I know its about 20 years old but this thing looks like its not more than 5 years old – amazing USA quality build.

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 04:27 PM

Mr. Bill Schroeder is a good guy to get to know @ SuperMax tools. Mr. Schroeder was a world of information on my SuperMax 25 single drum. SuperMax was spun off or sold by Jet after Jet acquired PerforMax, the original manufacturers of your machine.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#8 posted 03-28-2012 01:00 PM

Just spoke to Mr. Schroeder on the phone yesterday – wow what great customer service they have! I am going to buy a new conveyor belt from them – and possibly another part or two. They would even be happy to take my machine and give it a tuneup if I were to ship it to them (100 there and 100 back probably on freight alone) – probably won’t do that due to cost. I definitely need a new V-Belt I am wondering if it was the original on the machine (sometimes squeeks when I start it up).

My wife is telling me I am going to need to sell it at the end of the summer after we finish our projects – but I’m not sure I will want to do that :) To be fair it does take up quite a bit of room in a 1 stall garage, I have to get creative on how I position it.

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#9 posted 03-28-2012 01:06 PM

Great get…congrats !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 02:19 AM

I’ll let you store it in my shop!!! You can come over (almost) anytime to use it.

Great score & story. It used to be a man’s word & a handshake was all you needed to strike a deal!!! Progress???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 03-29-2012 02:32 AM

Thanks for the pic. The out feed table is longer than mine. Are those casters on the sander? If so, what diameter? I use the 3” Woodcraft double locking casters with the 1/2” spindle. They have held up well for 10+ years. I have considered changing the casters out to the 5” diameter double locking casters from Rockler. Instead of a basement shop like I used to be in, I am in a surface shop and have to deal with the 2” bump at the front. I use ramps, but they are a temporary fix. Did Mr. Schroeder mention anything about some ceramic guides for the conveyor belt? They came out with these after I bought mine and PowerMax sent them to me no charge. Your machine may already have been retrofitted with them. Good luck!

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#12 posted 04-02-2012 11:49 AM

3” casters – they work pretty well. He didn’t mention anything about ceramic guides.

I have to replace 3 things – the conveyor belt, the v-belt for the motor and those little sprokets (not sure what they are called) that as you turn the handle they lift the table, about 150 dollars worth of fixes.

Puts it at a total cost of $750, not bad for this heavy duty beast.

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#13 posted 04-06-2012 11:37 PM

I was thinking of getting a second sander (lucky for you I decided against driving over when your sander came online. I too had the alert) You did indeed get a really good deal, mine was a hundred more, without the infeed tables and extra paper. Industrial Abrasives Co. made up two conveyors for me last week for 24.19 each, you have to buy at least two. So for less than fifty dollars I have belt and a back-up. The “ceramic guides are listed as “Tracker Kit for 2” conveyor. They do help keep the belt from running off. Still I watch that tracking.
Good luck.

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#14 posted 08-20-2012 04:08 AM

Hi gillyd I just bought the same sander that you have and wanted to ask you how your machine is working. Please
Send me a pm

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#15 posted 07-13-2016 05:57 PM

I’m also getting this exact sander from a nice lady locally, she ask for $700, the conveyor belt needs replace and the conveyor motor doesn’t run properly, the v belt may needs replace. Other than that, it’s in pretty good condition.

My main concern is the space this thing takes.

also I already build a drum sander myself:

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