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BuppWoodworks

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10-12-2018 03:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander sander sand sanding machine powermatic grizzly wide belt power tools garage shop tool review tool sanding question tip review

Hello. Looking at picking up a drum sander for the garage workshop and looking for some user feedback. Somewhat torn between the grizzly 24” and the powermatic 2244. Both look like great machines and both have pros and cons like everything. What I really like about the griz is the endclosed drums that I feel would likely be more continuously parallel than a cantilevered option plus I do REALLY like the dual drums but then am limited to my width of work that I can push through…with the powermatic, u can get wider material through so that’s the one feature that intrigues me, but the cantilevered drum does make me think…what’s the good word from some daily users?!!! Thanks to all that join in!!!


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Holbs

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 03:53 PM

If you want experience, pick up local craigslist drum sander (even a dinky 16/32) from 2000’s and judge for yourself. I just picked up a Performax 16/32 (Pre-Jet, I believe?) to use as a introductory means into drum sanding. I will use it and decide later if I want to go larger, double drum, 24” or 19”, etc.
I picked mine up last week (first time owning a drum sander) for $375. Should help me decide if I want to lay down $1200 or $1700 later.

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 04:03 PM

My 16/32 is cantilevered and I have no issues with parallelism, however a 22” unit is wider and therefore has more torque on the sanding head. That aside, I’m sure the designers take that into consideration. having never used the models you mention, the only things I can add is to be sure you have sufficient dust collection and available power.

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#3 posted 10-12-2018 04:19 PM

I had the Ryobi model for a while. It worked great but I just do not get to the shop that often so I sold it. I got three times what I paid for it though.

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BuppWoodworks

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 06:48 PM

Thank you for some input!!! It’s not so much experience I need with these machines, just some feedback like you guys have been providing that use these types fairly regularly…at my 40hr week job, we have a 36 scm widebelt, and while I know these will be a HUGE step down from that machine, I would like to put a QUALITY machine in my growing home biz that I hope to turn into my full-time gig…I guess my only concerns would be width vs cantilevered options because I would love that extra width, but genuinely feel as if a closed drum will stay more accurate and the double barrels does really draw me in. Thanks again for everyone’s feedback!!!


If you want experience, pick up local craigslist drum sander (even a dinky 16/32) from 2000 s and judge for yourself. I just picked up a Performax 16/32 (Pre-Jet, I believe?) to use as a introductory means into drum sanding. I will use it and decide later if I want to go larger, double drum, 24” or 19”, etc.
I picked mine up last week (first time owning a drum sander) for $375. Should help me decide if I want to lay down $1200 or $1700 later.

- Holbs


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#5 posted 10-12-2018 07:31 PM

For what it’s worth. I have a Supermax 19-38 and parallelism adjustments are easy (but it also holds settings well). I think it’s worth it to have the option to sand wider panels. I’ve run a 30×60 desktop through it and it came out beautifully.

If the Powermatic is easy to adjust, that would get my vote!

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 10-12-2018 08:04 PM


For what it s worth. I have a Supermax 19-38 and parallelism adjustments are easy (but it also holds settings well). I think it s worth it to have the option to sand wider panels. I ve run a 30×60 desktop through it and it came out beautifully.

If the Powermatic is easy to adjust, that would get my vote!

- FrankTuna


I have the same machine and have had no issues with parallelism.

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AHuxley

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#7 posted 10-12-2018 09:07 PM


I would like to put a QUALITY machine in my growing home biz that I hope to turn into my full-time gig..
- Holbs

Simply buy a Woodmaster drum sander and be confident you bought the best drum sander. Made in Merica if that means anything to you. I have had a 50” double drum for 8 years and wouldn’t want any other drum sander.

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CWWoodworking

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#8 posted 10-12-2018 11:13 PM

Well, as soon as I get my Woodmaster, I’ll let you know how it is. Ordered it yesterday.

I had a open end 1632 once. Not enough power and it was finicky about being parallel.

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BuppWoodworks

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#9 posted 10-13-2018 01:13 PM

Thank you!!! Both of those issues are what concerns me with an open ended machine!!!


Well, as soon as I get my Woodmaster, I’ll let you know how it is. Ordered it yesterday.

I had a open end 1632 once. Not enough power and it was finicky about being parallel.

- CWWoodworking


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BuppWoodworks

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#10 posted 10-13-2018 01:17 PM

Now THAT sounds great!!! Would love to get a double barrel 50” but that’ll be a bag or 2 full of

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AHuxley

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#11 posted 10-13-2018 08:31 PM



Now THAT sounds great!!! Would love to get a double barrel 50” but that’ll be a bag or 2 full of

- BuppWoodworks

The biggest benefit outside of being able to run a sheet of plywood through if you wanted is the WM sanders have H&L covered drums so you can run one grit on one each side of the drum. Mine normally sits with 4 different grits of paper so unless I need to run something wider than ~24” I have the choice of 4 single grits or 2 grit combinations. Which is indeed a luxury but nice to have once in a while.

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#12 posted 10-13-2018 09:18 PM


I would like to put a QUALITY machine in my growing home biz that I hope to turn into my full-time gig..
- Holbs

Simply buy a Woodmaster drum sander and be confident you bought the best drum sander. Made in Merica if that means anything to you. I have had a 50” double drum for 8 years and wouldn t want any other drum sander.

- AHuxley

Woodmaster is an excellent Drum Sander!

Rick S.

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BuppWoodworks

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#13 posted 10-13-2018 11:38 PM

That’d be awesome…those are a little out of my range unless I could find something used, which obviously would be awesome and preferred…the double drum would be amazing and the extra power the machines have would be appreciated as well…I can scour the local Craigslist’s and things, but for the most part, those look out of the budget…

The biggest benefit outside of being able to run a sheet of plywood through if you wanted is the WM sanders have H&L covered drums so you can run one grit on one each side of the drum. Mine normally sits with 4 different grits of paper so unless I need to run something wider than ~24” I have the choice of 4 single grits or 2 grit combinations. Which is indeed a luxury but nice to have once in a while.

- AHuxley

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