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This tool is on my Xmas wishlist and it looks like Santa may bring it. It will require a trip to the US to get it as we can't buy Jet tools here. That isn't a big issue but I would be interested in knowing if anyone has one and how you like it. What do you use it for? Any advice would be much appreciated. This is an expensive investment.

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This tool is on my Xmas wishlist and it looks like Santa may bring it. It will require a trip to the US to get it as we can't buy Jet tools here. That isn't a big issue but I would be interested in knowing if anyone has one and how you like it. What do you use it for? Any advice would be much appreciated. This is an expensive investment.

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I didn't see a drum sander listed. Is it not available in Canada?
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I have an older 16/32 and it's OK. But I have problems with the feed belt tracking. I've tried everything to correct it, but the problem is still there. I've learned to live with it. The other thing about it is that I cannot keep the drum parallel to the feed belt, making it difficult to sand a wide panel completely across the width.

If I were going to do it all over, and really didn't need the really wide capabilities, I'd look at Grizzly's Baby Drum Sander. Grizzly.com

It has 4 post construction similar to a planer which, in my opinion, would be less likely to flex, and it's about half the price.
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I have a jet 22/44 model and it works great. At first I had some feeder belt tracking but with a little adjusting it now works fine. I use it for most of my sanding and especially panels this is heaven compared with my 4x24 belt sander that I used before. This machine is worth every cent, it is efficient saving you time and gives uniform finish. You will enjoy this piece of equipment.
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Dan it looks like that is a different Jet tool company. This is the Jet model we are looking at. James I am going to have to do some remodelling in the shop to accomodate this.
We have looked at the normal drum sanders but I liked the option to do wider panels that the Jet offered. I have read some of the reviews and saw people had issues with tracking but most say it's just a matter of adjustment. My partner likes that it can do thin stock for scroll saw work.
We are making end grain cutting boards as Xmas presents (12 in all) this year and all the hand sanding is what prompted this. Thanks for your comments and suggestions it helps! Jim thanks for the Grizzly info, I did not know they made an open ended sander as well. I will do some research on that one.

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Hey Deb... You gonna lub it I have an older Ryobi version of this sander. 16/32 same as yours. Pro's/Con's.. At least on the older version (most all models of this particular model) changing paper can at times be a bit aggravating. I've found that a pair of needle nose pliers works well. Keep on hand several of the different grits. I keep 100/150/180 and 220 around. Definitely need some kind of dust collection.. and absolute MUST HAVE. Feed rates will vary depending on wood being sanded and amount your trying to take off. Paper must be kept tight to the roll. If you get a little sawdust under the paper, it tends to create a highspot that will start to 'burn' the wood. Grab a couple of belt cleaners while your at it.. very handy, and quite effective.

Buy Abrasive Belt Cleaner 2 x 2 x 12 at Woodcraft

Height adjustment is quite easy and sturdy. I put a WinnDixey digital height guage on mine and never use it *LOL*..I just reach for the dial calipers. Motor is plenty stout enough. Belt needs to be kept clean, otherwise your wood will tend to "slip" as it passes under the sanding belt. Creating low spots. As mentioned earlier, belt tracking can be an issue. Mine tracks fair to middlin.. I attribute this to the belt being OE and just stretched a bit. Nothing I havn't learned to live with.
A slow feed with 220 paper leaves behind a great finish. If you plan on using it as a "thicknesser" go slow, with 60 grit and taken shallow passes. It works so/so at thicknessing and really isn't designed for it, but once in a while, you can get away with it.

These things are just huge time and work savers... great addition to your shop..

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A little sumptin-sumptin to think on...

When I got my sander, I felt that the infeed/outfeed was a bit ackward. Lacking support. SO I took a couple of 2x2x28" (or something like that), purchased a couple full pull 24" ball bearing drawer extension and 2 rollers. Made up a couple infeed/outfeed rollers that I can extend and retract at will. This has worked very, very well, especially on longer boarders.

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Jim... Try cutting a couple playing cards into a "horseshoe" shape and placing them behind upper or lower (depending on how she's leaning")mounting bolts to the frame. I've managed to get mine to within .004 across the drum.
Depending on how far she's off, another type of material may be needed for the shim..

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I have an older 16/32 and it's OK. But I have problems with the feed belt tracking. I've tried everything to correct it, but the problem is still there. I've learned to live with it. The other thing about it is that I cannot keep the drum parallel to the feed belt, making it difficult to sand a wide panel completely across the width.

If I were going to do it all over, and really didn't need the really wide capabilities, I'd look at Grizzly's Baby Drum Sander. Grizzly.com

It has 4 post construction similar to a planer which, in my opinion, would be less likely to flex, and it's about half the price.

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