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Been researching drum sanders for a while now and finally went with the Supermax 1938. Haven't used it to much but I am really liking it so far.
I only have 80 and 150 grit for now to see exactly what I will be needing. Belt change is pretty easy after changing a couple, only take
a couple of minutes and it attaches very securely.
Dust collect is very good even with the small hose I am using. I orderd a 4" and I think it will be 99% with it installed.
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You gonna love that one Clay!! I've got an older Ryobi 18/36 open end sander. Wouldn't be without one now. Keep a sand paper cleaning bar handy and be sure to use it, OFTEN! Cherry has been the hardest on my machine...gotta watch feed rate and amount of removal. I tend to get greedy sometimes and want to take too much off at one time. *L* I hooked mine up to a dust deputy with a 2" line and a shopvac, it works beautifully. 220-320 works great, just gotta nibble away at the stock. If you find yourself using the sander all of the time, you can buy the sanding medium by the roll and cut your own sleeves. Can save a ton of money that way.....congrats on the new addition.
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Congrats Clay . I heard they make for an incredible finish . They have a dual drum sander in stock at Windsor plywood , but I'm running out of room
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Congrats Clay . I heard they make for an incredible finish . They have a dual drum sander in stock at Windsor plywood , but I'm running out of room
That is one thing about it. Large footprint in the shop and I will be moving this to my new smaller shop pretty soon.
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I was looking at that model the other day, Clay, at Rockler. It is built like a tank compared to my Performax/Jet 16/32. It also has the smart sand feature too. Mine doesn't (older model) so had to install an amp meter on it and manually adjust the feed rate. It is also a lot easier to change sanding belts than mine too. Did you know that the guy who designed that sander was the same guy who did the original Performax before jet bought him out? so I have read.

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I was looking at that model the other day, Clay, at Rockler. It is built like a tank compared to my Performax/Jet 16/32. It also has the smart sand feature too. Mine doesn't (older model) so had to install an amp meter on it and manually adjust the feed rate. It is also a lot easier to change sanding belts than mine too. Did you know that the guy who designed that sander was the same guy who did the original Performax before jet bought him out? so I have read.

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Yes I watched a vid about him and what the company went though. The smartsand and the lever that opens the sander 1/1000th of an inch for wide board sanding are a couple of the things that sold me on it.
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Yes I watched a vid about him and what the company went though. The smartsand and the lever that opens the sander 1/1000th of an inch for wide board sanding are a couple of the things that sold me on it.
The "What" lever? .0001"? What is that?

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I know, I did a lot of research. Smart sand flashes a light and slows the feed belt if you are removing to much material to help with not burning.

It is called a 1938 because it is an open end sander. 19 inches wide but you can flip the piece and sand up to 38 inches.
There is a lever to put in up or down for wider boards, which raises the drum 1/1000 of an inch so there is no sander line for wider boards. No chance to report on that yet.
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You gonna love that one Clay!! I've got an older Ryobi 18/36 open end sander. Wouldn't be without one now. Keep a sand paper cleaning bar handy and be sure to use it, OFTEN! Cherry has been the hardest on my machine...gotta watch feed rate and amount of removal. I tend to get greedy sometimes and want to take too much off at one time. *L* I hooked mine up to a dust deputy with a 2" line and a shopvac, it works beautifully. 220-320 works great, just gotta nibble away at the stock. If you find yourself using the sander all of the time, you can buy the sanding medium by the roll and cut your own sleeves. Can save a ton of money that way.....congrats on the new addition.
Bill, does your Ryobi use the end clamps for locking the paper or velcro? Mine's got velcro but doesn't seem to do a totally flat finish all the time. Then again, I don't have an issue with burning.

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