SuperMax 16-32 Drum Sander
The new SuperMax 16-32 Drum Sander features a patented ''Quick Adjustment Lever'' that raises the drum through its entire 0'' to 3'' height range with an easy pull of the lever. The traditional adjustment wheel still allows fine adjustments, but there is no need to repetitively wind the wheel for larger adjustments. In addition, the patented ''Fast Lever'' permits rapid adjustments for wide and narrow stock. The Turbo Vented dust port uses impeller-like fins to improve dust collection by up to 15%, and a rear-mounted conveyor motor pulls stock through, instead of pushing, to improve conveyor tracking. The 16-32 features a built-in DRO that is paired with SuperMax IntelliSand Technology for easy setup and even sanding without burning or overloading the motor. The SuperMax 16-32 churns out flat, smooth surfaces with unwavering consistency, giving you the benefits of a wide belt sander at a price that won't break the bank. It offers 16'' of sanding width in a single pass and 32'' in a double pass. The 16-32 Drum Sander comes standard with an open stand, and the drum is pre-wrapped with 80-grit sandpaper.
- Quick adjust lever for fast height adjustment—just pull the lever to go from 0'' to 3''
- Built-in digital readout for precision and ease of setup
- IntelliSand™ Technology automatically adjusts conveyor speed based on load, preventing gouging, damaging or burning of stock, providing consistent finish even with varying grain pattern and density, and greatly increasing abrasive planing and dimensioning speed
- Single alignment point—just one nut aligns the conveyor parallel to the sanding head
- Indexed conveyor alignment for wide stock
- Extra-wide conveyor properly supports stock over 16'' wide
- Thrust bearing eliminates backlash in height adjustment
- Extra wide space for easy access to abrasive fastening system
- Self-cooling drum prevents overheating and extends abrasive life
- Tension rollers are adjustable for height and hold down pressure to help prevent snipe
- Optional folding indeed/outfeed tables available for additional support (#55450, sold separately)
- Must be shipped within 48 Contiguous United States.
- Ships directly from vendor
- There is an additional $75.00 shipping charge for this item.
(1) Open Stand
(1) 80-Grit Drum Wrap (pre-installed)
|Manufacturer Part Number||71632|
|Stationary Sander Style||N/A|
Only a minor adjustment was necessary on the drum/table alignment and it was quick and easy to perform following their instructions. The instructions are a little sparse but they give you all the info you need, I guess they assume you have some experience running and maintaining machines.
Running this sander, just like running any other power tool, has a learning curve. I have had a little trouble with snipe, but the snipe is because either I haven't supported the work piece or because I supported it too much. I just finished installing the optional infeed/outfeed table and got it aligned with no trouble. Remember to just snug the four bracket mounting cap screws, or tighten and then back off a half turn. This will allow the 3mm allen screw to move the support brackets into position. Also, don't use the allen to bring the table completely up, leave about 1/4 inch gap. Tighten the two bracket mounting bolts, then adjust the rest of the gap out by raising the table into final alignment and tightening the four carriage bolts that hold the table to the support brackets.
The conveyor belt began running a little to one side, but here again you need to keep an eye on how your machine is performing and make adjustments as needed.
I have had beautiful results sanding a 27" wide by 2 1/4" thick Black Walnut Crotch with no sanding line where the drum ended. The key is to make multiple passes at the same thickness setting. Four passes at one setting seems to work best on wide pieces. The four passes are done this way: Make your first pass, 2nd pass- rotate workpiece 180 degrees, 3rd pass- flip the piece over, fourth pass- rotate 180 degrees. Then lower drum and begin again. It may take a while, but the results are far superior to hand sanding with power tools although I do my finish sanding with 180 and 220 using a random orbital sander. I ordered the variety pack with the 36, 80, and 120 grit strips. The 36 is best for smoothing and flattening big pieces of hardwood. Pine with lots of knots or sap pockets can cause trouble with the resin building up on the belt and not coming off using the rubber cleaning bar.
The feeding of wood had has to be done in such a was that only a small amount of wood is taken off otherwise black strips are left on the wood also the causing the connector ends to prematurely wear out.
1. two powerful motors 2. SuperMax is USA based company and owned by Laguna. 3 Fast adjustment lever and Fine adjustment handle operate incredibly smoothly. 4. DRO is a wonderful option that comes standard!.
Con's. After the first half hour to hour of run time, I started noticing white dust everywhere, turns out that the conveyor tension wasn't set up properly and frayed one side of it. After 20 hours now, it is a constant 15 minute adjustment to keep the conveyor straight and I need to order a new conveyor belt. 2. After reading the poorly written instruction, the inside bolts that need to be slightly loosened to allow the tracking arm handle (used for items wider than 16 inches) still doesn't work and leaves lines on wide panels. 3. Adjusting the infeed roller tension is to hard or to loose, meaning that you have to stick your fingers under it to raise it so you can get a board under or so loose that you end up with snipe! 4. The outside adjustment bolt/stud is not long enough for parallelism adjustment, mine is way to short to raise it up properly resulting in shims being made.
I hope someone out there has had a better experience than me!
7 months ago