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post #1 of 11 Old 07-14-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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I'm slowly building my shop, many thanks to used tools on craigslist.... the best site ever! I have a 2 and half car garage that houses all my tools and wood and 2 cars, so space it tight. The only big tools that I want/need is a bandsaw and a drum sander. I'm being picky on the bandsaw and let a few nice ones get away because the prices were a bit high for me. But now there have been a few drum sanders popping up... and they are more in the range I have to work with right now. I just sort of feel that I would get more use out of the bandsaw... but if I resaw on the bandsaw, then a drum sander would be very handy. You see my dilemma here.

Give me some reasons to not buy the drum sander, after all it is a niceity, not a necessity.

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I'd think a planer and a joiner would be higher priorities.
I sold a Performax 16/32 because of alignment and tracking issues. If you MUST have a drum sander, an enclosed model is a better bet, IMO.
After I sold the Performax I built the V sander from Stockroom Supply. You might check it out before dropping a bundle on a drum sander.

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Well I already have a jointer and planer... I have just about all that I need, except for the bandsaw and drum sander. Also, I'm not a production shop, I'm a hobbiest with dreams of being a production shop. When I do get a sander it probably won't be one of those giant enclosed ones... There is a 37" one in my area for $8k, but no thank. I'm look more in the 400 range. Maybe one day.... But not in my garage

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I have a "V" sander from stockroom supply , and I love it .I picked it up at a trade show I bought the parts and built the box my self I had a motor from a old ac unit. it cost me less than $180.00 .It every thing from striping paint to very fine sanding. and if you follow the instruction there is very little dust. In my opinion. it is a good buy.

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I'd say more space... Evicting the cars out into the driveway might just be in order...

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I'd say more space... Evicting the cars out into the driveway might just be in order...
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Give me some reasons to not buy the drum sander, after all it is a niceity, not a necessity.
Drum sander will generate mega dust. If you don't have good dust collection now, you'll want to invest in a good system after getting the drum sander = more cost.
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Drums sander was my last big machine purchase

In order of purchase, just my preference, Table saw, Band saw, Jointer, Drill press, Planer,Dust Collector(s), Router Table, then Drum Sander.
If you are going to to do glue ups or book match thin stock the drum sander is a necessity. And as was stated a Drum Sander requires a really good dust collector, even a dedicated one, or mobile one, if you don't have an overhead piping system. The drum sander is also a "thicknessing" sander, so when making joints like dovetails, or finger joints, material thickness uniformity is important. I have the General dual drum 24" and it is an excellecnt machine.

Just for the record, you are finding out what many of us have discovered over the years...in order to go West you have to go North, South and East to get there, and on the way you will acquire many different tools for specific operations. These operations can be done with hand methods or variations of jigs and such, but for efficiency sake the proper tool for the job always wins. Buy one size larger than you think, and save, bargain, research for the best deals and best equipment. There are gobs of tales here where our fellow woodworkers have discovered deals that won't quit, my self included. The Craftsman 10" model 21224 hybrid for $486.00 regularly $1200.00! bill

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Yea, you are probably right, and I should at least have a dust collector before I get the sander!

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Grizzly has some incredible sales going on now. Bandsaws seem to very affordable.
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Okay, I am still wondering why the cars are in your shop.

I think one of the best points was you need a dust collector before you need a drum sander, without the DC you will have problems with the drum sander.

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