Today I went up to Woodworker's Depot (Green Bay, WI) for their sale.
Choice was between the General 24" dual drum sander and the Performax
16-32. One was more than I really wanted to spend and the other was a
bit smaller than I wanted.
I was surprised to find something new on the sales floor - the
Performax 22-44 Plus. Think of the 16-32 on steroids. This is a new
model and not even listed on the WMH (Performax) web site yet. It is
in the 2004 catalog.
This seems to be the perfect solution to my dilema. Set up took less
than an hour. This is a nice rigid tool with heavy castings. With the
open stand it weighs a bit under 400 lbs. Casters would be good bet.
Depending on stand option figure in the neighborhood of $1000 (minus
the 10% sale discount).
Nice and quiet, very smooth (passes the nickel test). So far, I have
just played around a bit and it seems to work very well. I will post
more as I do some upcoming projects.
www.bronkalla.com - 50 mph furniture
www.wiscwoodworkersguild.org - President