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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 04-14-2015 12:29 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2015 12:29 PM

I need some help with recommendations for a large capacity drum sander. I would like a drum sander that has the ability to table tops. I currently have a Jet 16/32 and I am not a huge fan of the open end for wide pieces. Drum sander doesn’t have to be a double drum model.

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 01:14 PM

Depending on what capacity you need to do the table tops, I would look at Grizzly. I have always had good luck with their tools.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 04-15-2015 12:08 AM

Don’t know if it’s in the budget, but a wide belt sander would probably be a better choice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 12:12 AM

I have the Grizz G0449 – 37” double drum. Very happy with it.

A wide belt would be a better machine than a drum, but considerably more money.

Anything in that size range is going to need 1500+ CFM for dust collection – make sure you factor that into your decision if you haven’t already got that covered.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 12:45 AM

You might also consider a stroke sander. FWIW

-- Art

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#5 posted 04-15-2015 12:50 PM

The best drum sanders are made by Woodmaster in the US, they make multi-function machines which are OK but the single purpose drum sanders are the top of the drum sander pyramid and aren’t priced that much higher than a lot of the imports. They made double and single drum sanders up to 50”, I have the 50” single drum. That said if you have the budget (and adequate electrical/dust collection) a wide belt is a big step up.

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 01:34 PM

A wide belt sander would be great but they are quite expensive and take up alot of room. I have a Woodmaster 718 planer/molder and am very happy with it. I have been looking at the 50” single drum sander from Woodmaster. I would love the double drum version but can’t afford the jump in price

AHuxley are you happy with the 50” single drum version? Do you have it on the mobile base and if so does it move around your shop nicely?

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#7 posted 04-15-2015 02:35 PM

Look up the Supermax sanders.

I am looking at the 25-50 but the also have closed end sanders as well as brush sanders, which I wish weren’t so expensive.
From what I understand, the makers are the original makers of the performax sanders that Jet bought out and they have continued working on and improving their sanders. I could be wrong but that’s what I have been reading.

I called them the other day and they referred me to Acme tools, saying they have free shipping and can give the best deal. When I called Acme, they told me to wait until today, the 15th because they’re having a 10% off special.

It’s worth a look if you’re ready to pull the trigger to get that discount.

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#8 posted 04-15-2015 11:36 PM

AHuxley are you happy with the 50” single drum version? Do you have it on the mobile base and if so does it move around your shop nicely?

- yellowtruck75

I am very happy with my 5075, while mine does stay essentially stationary I do have the Woodmaster mobile base on it which is one of the best mobile bases I own. One look at the motor alone lets one know it is a serious machine. I would love to have a large wide belt instead but the cheapest widebelt with the same capacity would run at least $15,000 more(new) not counting the extra electrical and DC requirements I would have to address (I don’t have a spare 90 amp 3 phase circuit LOL ). I know a lot of people buy used WB sanders and while I will go used for most machines in a heartbeat the WB is one that puts me off. Not having much WB experience and given they are complex machines and many are run hard and put up wet I am happy to live with the slower drum sander.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 02:17 AM

Large wide belts are awesome machines for commercial work. You smile and grin when they’re making you money.

You cry big crocodile tears when it breaks and has to be repaired, you have to replace a sanding belt and when the electric bill shows up at the first of the month.

If you don’t have a dust collection system to keep them clean on the inside one spark off a belt and you’re calling the fire department if you can’t kill the fire in a hurry or get a call during the night..your shop is on fire.

I doubt I would own a wide belt in a small shop especially a home shop after having years of experience with them. I’m retired out of the big shop and work in my small workshop outside our valley….I love my Performax 22-44 pro max 3 that’s over 20 years old now…cheap to operate and gets the job done for me. Not as fast as a wide belt but much cheaper and safer to run.

If you build table tops and don’t have the capacity in your shop to sand them find you a cabinet shop and get them to do it for you, much less expensive than owning a large sander. I build a lot of table and wood counter tops in my small shop. If my Performax won’t handle it then I have two 45 minutes one way to our big shop or drive one mile to a cabinet shop and run it through their wide belt. I do take the counter tops to our big shop and run through a wide belt there because I’m usually building it for a project coming out of that shop. I also leave it so they can do the final sanding and finishing on it…most of the time.

I’ve used the cabinet shop’s wide belt so many times I run it myself and if I need help the owner will fetch it coming out of it, charge me nothing and we sit down in his office afterwards and drink a cup of coffee and tell fish lies.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 02:41 AM

Bruc101, I’m happy with my used 22-44 also. I enjoyed reading your post.

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#11 posted 04-16-2015 02:50 AM

Bruc101, I m happy with my used 22-44 also. I enjoyed reading your post.

- HTown

Thanks. When you get my age, and my best friend in life’s age (88) that retired out of our big shop, and been beat up in an architectural millwork shop for many years..but comes and helps me in my small shop..if you ask us..what is the most important tool in your shop..we both point at the Performax and say that machine..amen and thanks for the Performax…lol.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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