All in all, the 19-38 found its way to my heart and I couldn’t be happier, another highly recommended medium port drum sander that will, in my opinion, endure decades of great work. While some models come with a stand others are sold as just the machine itself. Oscillating sanders (not just drum but in general) do reduce heat and burn as you’ve mentioned but they also provide much better belt life and a smoother, less scratchy finish. Hey Eric. What model dual-drum would you recommend? And with a router you do the same with a locked-in depth gauge and bit set to the right height. As you and many people here have said before, that PM2244 sure is something! So for most woodworkers or carpenters the decision will come down to doing frequent or large projects. The mini drum sander has easy-to-handle and precise controls (you can change the speed from 0 to 12 feet per minute) to ensure you get the work done right and it has aluminum self-cooling drums to protect the surfaces from any heating damage. But it’s a dangerous task that I’ll leave you to your own discretion and comfort. But the only drawback is most upper cabinets are 42″. A high rate of wood removal on 120+ grits can lead to burns and ripped sandpaper rolls. Small but sturdy, this machine can run for hours without ever needing to stop and it features the great Jet-patented conveyor belt tracking system that dramatically reduces the need for you to constantly manually adjust the belt. This is the largest and most powerful heavy-duty production class drum sander than Powermatic has ever put out, the legendary Powermatic DDS-237. They might have cut the cost on the finish and detailing, but not on the power and performance department which is the most important. In my honest opinion, it’s the best drum sander for small shops (if you’re really tight on space). Keeping in mind face frames are 42″ and a 22″ drum sander reverses to 44″ width you’ll understand why I upgraded my Jet Tools 16-32 to a Jet 22-44. But if your plans include cabinets the SuperMax 25-50 is an excellent choice from a vendor that specializes in these machines. No problem Ruby, I’m glad to have helped and thank you very much for the kind words! While there are certainly good options offered by the brands you mentioned, so far they still haven’t been quite as good as these (in terms of value). Here you can read an in-depth analysis and opinion of each drum sander seen above. Thanks in advance! The last couple of years I’ve started to see that new Powermatic 2244 popping up in every shop and it sparked my interest. Images are copyrighted and may not be used without explicit written permission. And it’s pretty upsetting to see machines rated poorly over what I see as a user issue. Sure, they’re expensive. It typically features a single or dual drum that is mounted horizontally over a moving belt. (2) CERTAIN CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON THIS SITE COMES FROM AMAZON. And there are multiple videos available online to demonstrate just how this works. Makes Powermatic’s famous slogan – “the gold standard” – make perfect sense. Screwing the layers together would not be sufficient. When you think planers you think Powermatic. This site shares hundreds of articles on woodworking, where to find wood and my thoughts on tools that I think any home woodworker needs. A drum sander is designed for putting on the finishing touches, not stripping away several layers of stock in one go. SuperMax 25-50 Drum Sander With Closed Stand, 2. Hey Tucker, it’s my pleasure to help! Whether you’re a hobbyist or a craftsperson with a smaller-sized home shop, this compact but powerful solution is capable of taking on anything you throw at it provided they are, like the machine, smaller sized pieces. The 18" Flatmaster has a 2" diameter drum, providing a feed rate of approximately 10' per minute. The very potent 3HP motor can take on harder tasks and endure long periods of non-stop working time and the 22 inch drum sander turns a long task into a quick one. Hope that helps Joe, have fun with the woodworking and good luck with your writing too! Maybe you’re deciding if it’s worth the investment? Using either your best judgement (experience) based on the sandpaper grit and results on the wood slowly apply pressure. Secondly, when it comes to hobbyist-level machines that are both well priced and offer solid performance, the kings are the Jet 723520K JWDS-1632 (reviewed above) and the SuperMax 16-32 (the smaller brother of the 19-38 also seen above). After years of sanding wood I use sound and the Jet automated feed rate monitoring as a gauge. It’s one of my most used machines so it has to be able to keep up with my demand and the PM2244 does it easily and I dare to say perfectly. You have no idea of how much you’ve made my life easier! And this can cause wreak havoc on your wood (I’ve wrecked a cabinet door once doing this…). With an integrated closed stand with mobile wheels built-in it's ultra-portable for its size. But if your projects require face frames or a consistent need for 16"+ cabinet doors consider the next size up. it has worked fairly well so far, very difficult to keep every thing running straight. Since I have never owned a drum sander, I can only try to noodle this out, without any real experience. At 530 pounds it maintains portability, especially due to its moderate size. I’ve had many of them and there are dozens upon dozens of drum sanders for sale out there. It’s always great to find info like this on drum sanders, thank you James! This article includes my experience as well as hours of research to help you understand this incredibly useful tool. This grit changed the way I used my planer. i have the grizz g0458 model. It's rated lower due to it's smaller size. The machines above are what I consider to be the best in terms of price/quality. Check these out: This is a quick overview of the best drum sanders I’ve tested. I’ll most likely review them soon though as it brings more variety of choice, especially for people who are long-time fans of the brands. For first time users of a drum sander one of the first questions is what grit should you start with? Perhaps the oscillation produces less heat and burn at the cost of cross grain sanding which will cost more in time to remove by random orbital sanding. Thanks for making it easy for me to pick my next machine James! It has a spot-on accurate digital readout that displays the exact thickness of the piece you’re working on and allows you to preset the exact thickness you want for the finished piece as well. I have not been able to get a definitive answer to the benefits of the oscillating sander other than heat and burn reduction. Refine Your Search. So just make sure to have the right expansion supplies on hand. All Jet and Powermatic. It’s also coupled with a 5 year warranty. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window). A drum sander can replace many uses of a planer (but not all). Incredibly easy access to the drum for sandpaper changes. This is my shop built 22 inch tilting table drum sander. 16" Wide is Great for Frameless Cabinet Designs. The controls are straightforward and work well and it features a quick emergency stop button which is very handy and always appreciated. All of these new enhancements, coupled with the same excellent build quality and advanced features (tool-less bed tracking, SandSmart automatic speed regulation) turn this machine into what is, in my view, the very best drum sander available in the market for regular sized pieces. We do very large amounts of sanding and being able to do one-pass, instead of 2 or more could be a HUGE advantage. If you’re considering taking it up a notch then you can also take a look at the excellent Powermatic 2244, although the price is understandably higher. Fantastic post! With a massive 50" capacity this is the largest capacity drum sander on the market. So what else do you need to know about drum sanders? With a table saw you make sure the fence is locked in place and the blade adjusted to the right height. The bigger, better and more powerful brother of the JWDS-1632 open stand drum sander. If you have a 12” open-ended drum sander, then you can sand a board up to 24” wide. Not only flashy but immensely useful, the LED control panel shows the machine’s current power, belt speed and DRO (digital read out). For economy: Drum sanders are used for sanding larger pieces of wood perfectly flat. You’re more than welcome Kerry, and I agree – they revolutionize your workflow more than any other sander in my opinion. OPTIMAL FEED RATE: Infinitely-variable speed control allows the user to…, QUICK ABRASIVE CHANGES: Toolless abrasive take-up fasteners make changes…, PROTECTION FROM HEAT: Extruded aluminum drum is designed to dissipate heat…, Typically start at 10″ in width like the Jet 1020, Standard features like infinite speed control and, Sandsmart control continuously monitors the load on the drum motor and…, Conveyor bed parallelism is easily adjusted by turning the dial on the…, Parallelism adjust dial features a stop to quickly return the conveyor bed…, Dust hood includes an integrated channel that mirrors the shape of the drum…, Tackle most base cabinet face frames (as most are 31-32″), Sand flat trim, base board and cabinet door rails and stiles during construction, SPEED REGULATION: Sandsmart control continuously monitors the load on the…, TOOLLESS ADJUSTMENTS: Conveyor bed parallelism is easily adjusted by…, PROTECTION FROM HEAT: Precision-machined and dynamically-balanced extruded…, EFFICIENT DUST COLLECTION: Dust hood has an integrated channel that mirrors…, Overload protection to automatically slow the feed rate, SMOOTH FINISH: Hard durometer rubber coating on dual steel drums provides…. 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