I recently purchased the Performax 16-32 drum sander from Amazon. I am a
little disappointed in the performance of the Taiwanese 1.5 HP drum
motor. Some of the folks in here mentioned that they used to come with a
Leeson motor, which seemed to be a beefier component.
I bought this sander with these purpose of both thickness sanding and
(moderate) finish sanding. The thickness sanding is not possible to do
at a 1/16th of an inch at a time on the white oak I am using. In fact, I
can only take off about 1/100 of an inch at a pass if I'm lucky. The
circuit breaker on the motor continually pops.
I'm looking for suggestions on another sander that is under $1000, that
will serve my purpose. The only other sander that I have been able to
find is the Grizzly G1079 for around $750. Can anyone recommend another
sander that I might be able to compare.
Thanks for all of your valued help again.
I doubt you will find anything under $4k that will do thickness sanding for
you. I have used 36 grit to waste away some oak when using it as a thickness
sander but as you noted, it's a slow process. The 16/32 is a hobby grade
I have a 24" dual drum from General International with a 3hp motor. It
won't surface much more than what you're seeing w/o bogging down (and
usually ruining the belts). Use a planer for thicknessing and the sander
for final thicknessing/finishing.
Didn't you complain about that? Maybe I'm expecting too much from a drum
sander. I was hoping to thickness sand between a 1/16th and an 1/8th with the
Performax, and I was displeased with what I saw. If I paid what you paid for
that General, and got the results that I'm getting now, I would definitely
had some words with General. Sorry to hear that.
Your furniture companies use a planer first then sand. You are really
taklking about some work when you are sanding a board 12" or greater/
Look at a 3x24" belt sander and how much they work on a peice 3" wide
and maybe 10" long.
I am not sure that the above advice is correct. I would call Grizzly and
discuss your needs. I have found that they are great about discussing the
limitations of their machines.
I am also one of the guys with the 16-32 with a Leeson motor. Just to check
I just ran some cherry through it. I used a 12" x 34" pieces through using
36 grit paper. Each pass I took I full crank and the machine did not have
Good Luck - Bob McBreen
Thanks for confirming that the Leeson does perform much better. I am surprised
that Performax would lessen the overall quality of their machine to save,
probably $20 on a much lesser quality motor.
It wasn't advise...it was a statement and if you check the Grizzly site,
$3,795 is the lowest price for what he's wanting to do. I have the 16/32
with the Taiwanese motor and it will not do 1/16" passes without tripping
out the motor CB. Mine is on a 20A circuit.
I checked the Grizzly site and didn't see what you are talking about.
His 1/16" inch in one pass might be unrealistic, considering I wouldn't even
try that with a great planer, but Grizzly might tell him that one of their
planer would do the job. I also don't know/remember what his expectations
are for amount of use.
I have _no_idea_ what a cost figure is (beyond "lots and lots of dollars"),
but the 'furniture factory' at the local technical high-school had a real
industrial-grade 36" wide drum sander. *TRIPLE* drums -- three grits in
one pass. 440V powered, and drew around SEVENTY AMPS at full load. (separate
ammeters for each of the three drum moters, plus a separate ammeter for the
feed motor) It didn't hesitate, at taking 3/4" hard maple, 30" wide, down
to 1/2", in a single pass.
Note: the dust-collector connection looked like furnace ductwork -- at least
For what you claim to want to do, I suspect 10 HP (honest HP, not 'vacuum
cleaner HP') is the power range you should be looking in.
Well, I appreciate all the help on this. I guess I was a little over expectant with
what I bought.
So, if I understand how you folks use this sander, it is not really used for
thickness sanding much at all, just for semi-finish sanding.
How fine a grit can be used on this sander, I have some 150 and some 280 (yes -
280), and I'm going to see how it works out on some wood I have laying around.
Thanks again for all the help.
Robert Bonomi wrote:
requires real shallow passes. It's something you'll have to experiment
On my dual drum I was running 150 in front, 220 in back and wished I had 280
in front and 320 or finer on the rear drum on soft woods like alder. The
220 was still too visible on soft wood.
Then there's the issue of one or more little pitch patches collecting on a
fine sanding belt which in essence, gouges the damn stock you're running
Gary (note to self, knotty alder knots have pitch......)
You are never going to get a drum sander for this kind of money to work as
well as a planer.
I have the exact same model. It works great, as long as I don't try to use
it for something it was never intended for.
How happy would you be if you had to break-up a concrete driveway and were
given a small demo hammer instead of the 90lb air powered jack hammer and
Get a planer.
If I thought I was paying for a 90 lb air powered jack hammer and a Bobcat and
they gave me a little demo hammer, I'd be doing just what I'm doing now,
trying to figure what I did wrong, and how to get what I need.
I have a great 20 inch planer that I could use to get closer to the necessary
width and then use the drum sander... and I may have to do that, but I was
expecting a lot more for my $800 from Performax.
Live and learn, I guess...
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