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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    New To Me Tools

    I went to visit a buddy of mine who is Going to be leaving Japan. If I had more space I'd have bought up most of his workshop, but I did get his old
    Performax 16-32 Plus drum sander for a good price and his Delta variable speed drill press. I'll move my other drill press upstairs to the welding area, I like to keep the welding and the woodworking seperate.
    Now I have to figure out where I'm going to put this drum sander. I might build a flip top cart and put the drum sander on one side and the thickness planener on the other side.
    Line I have time to do this right now LOL.
    The Drum Sander

    The drill press.

    Both tools safe and sound in the Dungeon.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice score. I've been wanting a surface sander for a while, next on my list of things to add to the shop.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    I'd love to get the 16/32. Ive got the little 10/20 and it's really quite a nice tool, assuming it's not used as a thickness planer.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Congratulations, Stu!

    I've had a 16-32 for nearly 15 years and wouldn't want to be without it. I had to replace the conveyor a couple of years ago because of wear. Other than that, no problems at all.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    I believe I have the same drill press! I wish I could figure out how to reduce the side-to-side play in the quill when it is extended more than an inch or so. (It doesn't affect most jobs, but when I use a tiny bit to drill dozens of holes 1/8" apart it really slows me down...)
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Austin, Texas
    I had that model several years ago. Two suggestions:

    If it is the older model that does not slow down automatically when the load gets heavy, add a cheap clamp on ammeter. By watching the current to the sander motor, you can optimize the sanding speed tremendously.

    The instructions say to raise the drum a few thousandths at the open end when you are doing two pass double wide sanding. Leave it in that position, and you can sand first pass on a narrow board at the outer end, move it in slightly to do the first pass on the back, and if you need additional passes on either side keep moving it towards the motor end for each additional pass
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    I have that sander in an older version - 2 1/2" DC outlet. Love it. No better machine for end grain cutting boards, wild grain, and thin strips. Enjoy!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Nice haul. Soon there will be not even enough room to fall down in, so think of this as a safety upgrade to the dungeon

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