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I've been relying on my neighbors good humor to use his drum sander for the last 2 years and while there is no problem therein, I think it is time to invest in my own. So, any recommendations will be appreciated.


I'm not looking for an industrial strength system but rather one under 20" for example the JET or Supermax models.

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I have the Performax, which is now the Jet. Jet bought Performax and the old owners started the Supermax company, which makes a larger and improved model of the Jet.

This is my third one and I am totally happy with it, I have the 16/32. I had the 10/20 first, but outgrew it and went to the 16/32. and lost that one in the fire so replaced it with a new one before the jet came out, but it is identical to the jet. the Supermax 16/32, and 18/36 are suited for home shops,but the have a gaggle of larger models.
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I don't need one, but if I did, I'd take a shot at making my own.
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Is this basically the same one?
https://www.kmstools.com/king-canada...-sander-106700
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I have the Performax 16/32. I bought it many years ago at an auction. I resaw a lot of Walnut and plane the boards to thickness. I then go to the drum sander to get final thickness. Usually this is the last sanding required. My unit has the variable speed feed rate, but newer models have a load/feed speed controller. If I ever upgrade, this would be a feature I would look for. I cannot comment on the quality since Performax was bought out. I have no issues with my old unit and would recommend it. Would be a interested in hearing others comments on newer models.

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that looks just like my Ryobi, which was later made by Steel City


It is a little bit of a finicky machine to set up... which is why I got it so cheaply from the previous owner, who got it cheaply from the original owner...

Getting the table parallel to the drum, getting the tracking of the feed belt down were my biggest challenges. And these things are heavy and awkward to move around by yourself

Once it is set up it does a great job, but there was a day or two I thought I was going to give up on it.

Hopefully they've made some improvements to make the set up easier, because they are real time savers.

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If I were going to get one, based on the feedback in posts in the past, I'd go for the SuperMax. Laguna just bought them out, and that company goes for the high quality tools.
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We bought the SuperMax 19-38 last year and it's a great machine. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if we wear this one out.

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This one looks identical, BUT if you look at the specs for the one I posted earlier, there are small differences. The one from KMS has a more powerful stock feed motor @ 1/8HP as opposed to the Craftex at 1/15HP
The one from KMS is also slightly less expensive during the sale.
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I have the Performax 16/32. I bought it many years ago at an auction. I resaw a lot of Walnut and plane the boards to thickness. I then go to the drum sander to get final thickness. Usually this is the last sanding required. My unit has the variable speed feed rate, but newer models have a load/feed speed controller. If I ever upgrade, this would be a feature I would look for. I cannot comment on the quality since Performax was bought out. I have no issues with my old unit and would recommend it. Would be a interested in hearing others comments on newer models.
Frank the first 16-32 Performax I bought had the smart feature on the feed belt that regulated the feed rate with the power load on the sanding drum.If the motor load increased over 15 amps it slowed down the feed rate accordingly.
The one I have now I bought used in the carton off Craigs List and doesn't have that feature. So I had it set up with an ammeter digital readout mounted on the motor to show the power draw as I set the feed rate manually. when it reads 15a.-18a. I manually reduce the feed rate with the dial and keep the motor from heating and kicking out the over load button. With out any load on the motor it runs @10.5a.-11a.
If I am not paying attention and it goes up to 20a. then it kicks the overload button.

The newer Performax and the Supermax both have the smart feature built into them.

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