Jet 16-32 sander

Anyone with Jet 16-32 sander, what is your evaluation of it?
Pros and cons.
Also is this a rebadged performax?
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Frank Howell wrote:

They bought Performax quite a while ago.
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I was looking at it just before Christmas and ended up buying the 22/44. I did however have a strange tracking problem that magically cured itself. You certainly do need a dust collector. Is it a rebadged Performax? Probably however my 22/44 weight in excess of 200 lbs and is mostly cast iron. IIRC the 16-32 is mostly aluminum. Pros, Its great for smoothing or "slowly" thicknessing figured wood that is likely to tear out if you use a planer. The drum moves up and down and not the conveyor when changing settings.
Cons, it can be slow so don't count on it replacing a planer.
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On Fri, 08 Jun 2007 22:31:25 GMT, "Leon"

When you NEED it, you'll wonder how you lived without it!
I've used my 22-44 in a configuration where trim boards are exiting my planer, getting turned around, and put back through the sander @ 120 grit, where they are stacked for finishing.
The sanders also cannot be beat for highly figured stock. I keep 24 & 36 grit handy for just such an occasion.
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Why not let the planer feed directly into the sander???? ;~) LOL.
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On Sat, 09 Jun 2007 00:02:02 GMT, "Leon"

Like you never thought of trying!
Enjoying that cool brew while cleaning up, you look across the room and think "Hey..." <G>
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B A R R Y wrote:

Did you look at any other brands before you bought? I know that these are slow machines, but they must still be faster then hand sanding or using ROS.
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Consider that they are more for consistency than speed. A large surface to be sanded, by a wide sanding drum makes everything pretty even.
I bought a 16/32, three or four years ago. I forget. Kept it for maybe 90-120 days, fought with it, and found it didn't suit MY needs. YMMV. Sold it to someone in the club, but I don't remember who.
After the drum sanding, there may be a need for ROS and/or hand sanding anyway. You'll have to decide yourself.
Like almost every other tool, not everyone needs to own one.
Patriarch, owner of too many tools now...
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Much faster than hand sanding not a whole lot faster than a ROS. Then again, a hand sanding does not compare in speed to a ROS. If you are thinking of getting one to speed sanding you will probably be disappointed. They do however do a very good of sanding to a consistent flat thickness.
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On Sat, 09 Jun 2007 18:13:34 GMT, "Leon"
And much better than a planer on figured or thin stock when loaded with 24 or 36 grit paper. ** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
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On Sat, 9 Jun 2007 09:15:44 -0700, "Frank Howell"
Are there other brands I can see? <G>
I can't see Grizzly without spending $350 on Avgas & cab fare to get to Muncy.
Performax was about it for the 22" open ended drum sanders that I could see. ** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
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Leon wrote:

Thanks for the reply. I did see that the 16-32 is about 50 lbs. lighter then the 22/44. Also I noticed that both machines use 20A 110, with no provision to change to 220. Is that how your sander is? Seems to me if using 20A 110 , you would be right at the edge of popping circuit breaker. What has been your experience.
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My machine is strictly 110 volt, I am told because of the motor on the conveyor. Sanding narrow stock lightly I can run the sander and dust collector off of the same 15 amp circuit. Both machines indicated that a 20 amp circuit would be necessary. When I am sanding wider, harder, and faster I do plug the sander into a separate 20 amp circuit.
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