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    Drum Sander.....?

    OK, I'm looking to buy a drum sander, this would be for sanding panels flat etc. It will have to be a portable, or bench top unit.

    Who has what and what do you think about it?

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    I've had the Jet (Performax) 16-32 for several years and have been very satisfied with it. Being open-ended, adjusting the drum parallel to the carrier can seem a bit of a pain until you get accustomed to it. Paper changes are straight-forward.
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    I've also got the Performax 16-32. Haven't had it in the shop long enough to do more than test it, but I will say it's only marginally "portable". It's a heavy son of a gun, at least with my wimpy back.

    So far, I'm impressed with what it does, though. I also agree with Bill...the paper changes are pretty quick and painless.
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    Another 16/32 here. Can't add to what has already been said.

    Weight wise, it is not something you are move around easily.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Another 16/32 here. Can't add to what has already been said.

    Weight wise, it is not something you are move around easily.
    I forgot to mention in my first post that I got the mobile cart with my sander, so I can tuck it out of the way until I need it.
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    I don't really have space to tuck it out of the way, I'll have to figure out something, might have to sell something to get the space I want back

    OK, the 16-32 seems to be a good unit, what about a 24-48? Ever feel the need for a larger unit? I really only want to buy this kind of machine ONCE
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    I have the 22-44, takes a big footprint to keep it laying around, so I store it in my shed.
    I dont find the paper changing that easy, but then again, nothing comes easy for me when it comes to woodworking machines.
    What you can do, is get a lift table and secure it to a platform on it so you can store it under a bench and roll it out when you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I have the 22-44, takes a big footprint to keep it laying around, so I store it in my shed.
    I dont find the paper changing that easy, but then again, nothing comes easy for me when it comes to woodworking machines.
    What you can do, is get a lift table and secure it to a platform on it so you can store it under a bench and roll it out when you need it.
    Yes, I'm thinking the larger unit might just be that, LARGE and do I really need the extra capacity? I mean really, I don't build a lot of big stuff, this is a small cramped place I live......

    Now to find a retailer who will ship to Japan.....
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    Make sure you get the tables. Worth every penny.

    When I was shopping, a few folks had said they felt the 22/44 was under motored. Not sure if this is fact or not. I was shopping for the 10/20 when I got mine
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

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    Stu, I solved the storage problem for mine with a flip-top cart. The cart now sits where I used to have a Workmate. The Workmate is now folded up and stashed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Make sure you get the tables. Worth every penny...
    I ended up taking the tables off of the one I have because I simply didn't have the floor space to store it with them on. I figure I'll bolt them back on if if I'm doing a project that needs them (which isn't likely for the kinds of projects I usually do).
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