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Offline Jeff2413

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Drum sander question
« on: November 10, 2015, 09:28 PM »
I'm trying to decide between the Jet 22/44 and the 24" Grizzly.  Plenty of room in the shop so space isn't an issue. Love the idea of sanding material up to 44".  Also notice the Grizzly has a LOT bigger motor. Anyone have any thoughts or input?


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Offline copcarcollector

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Re: Drum sander question
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2015, 09:32 PM »
Just to add another brand into your choices, have you looked at Woodmaster drum sanders?

I have their 2675 but have used it very little so far, a friend has the same machine and uses it a lot with great results.

Offline Owego

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Re: Drum sander question
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2015, 10:11 PM »
I've had the Jet model for 4 years.  I use it for leveling wide and narrow boards and planing highly figured wood.  It gets the job done but it's sloooow.  It also leaves a less than a smooth surface, regardless of how fine a grit is used, so finish sanding starting at 60 is required. (If one uses fine drum grits, greater than 100, things really get slow - rush it and you get burned wood, and it still produces scratches.)  One of the most important things in an open ended sander like these is adjusting the drum to be parallel to the drive belt under load.  This adjustment can be finicky.  What's right for a 12 inch board may not be for a 24" board.  I've had one quality problem with mine, the electronics that control the feed belt failed, $150 for parts and and hour's labor to fix.  High capacity dust collection is mandatory.  If I had to replace this sander I'd seriously consider a 20" helix planer, any pieces wider than 20" I'd send out or use a planner bit on a router.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2015, 10:14 PM by Owego »

Offline polarsea1

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Re: Drum sander question
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2015, 04:07 AM »
I second Owego's posts. If you are very patient the open end drum sanders are just ok - I'm not that patient so lacking funds and space for a wide belt sander I rent time on one at a local cabinet shop (37").

Offline Discap

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Re: Drum sander question
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2015, 11:00 AM »
+1 on woodmaster. I have the 26" version.

Dominos and RO 150 make short work of bigger pieces


Offline Wooden Skye

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Re: Drum sander question
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2015, 11:21 AM »
I would look at the Supermax or even the new Powermatic.  I has some nice features and if I was buying and money was no object, the PM would be tops on my list.

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