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SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander

With the SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander, you can put away the handheld belt sander for good!
Item #
44188
Rating:
94% of 100

Perfect for the small shop or woodworking hobbyist, the SuperMax 19-38 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. Gone are the dips, gouges and sore arms of the hand sanding process. The 19-38 Drum Sander offers 19" width sanding in a single pass and 38" in a double pass, perfect for flattening and smoothing raised panel doors and drawer fronts, table tops, cabinet parts and much more. The 19-38 Drum Sander comes standard on the Open Stand. The drum is pre-wrapped with 80 grit sandpaper.


Features:
  • Simple alignment: Just one nut will adjust the conveyor parallel to the sanding head
  • Indexed alignment setting for narrow and wide stock. When sanding stock wider than 19", the index lever will properly adjust the conveyor for flawless sanding of wide boards
  • Easy height adjustments: Thrust bearing below handle and nut above it prevents drum from moving out of set position while sanding. No backlash or slop in the height adjustment mechanism, allowing easier and smoother height adjustments
  • Extra-wide 22" conveyor properly supports stock over 19" wide
  • Drum will never go "out of alignment". Drum carriage is bolted to the base, preventing any movement or alignment issues
  • INTELLISAND™ Technology automatically adjusts conveyor speed based on load, preventing gouging, damaging or burning stock, providing consistent finish even with varying grain pattern and density, and greatly increasing abrasive planing and dimensioning speed
  • Precision-flattened steel conveyor bed is reinforced with four steel cross sections for no "flex" in conveyor, guaranteeing flatness to less than .010" across the width of the sander
  • Abrasive conveyor belt offers the best grip for raw wood, giving you the ability to accommodate stock that is very short or thin
  • Patented abrasive attachment system effectively tensions the abrasive wraps, preventing loose or overlapping abrasives
  • Easiest access to abrasive fastening system of any drum sander. Extra wide space to access fasteners to eliminate need for special tools
  • Self-cooling drum prevents overheating and extends abrasive life
  • Tension rollers are adjustable for height and hold down pressure, eliminating snipe
  • Metal dust cover is formed to shape of drum for optimum dust extraction
  • Heavy-duty cast iron construction for strength, rigidity and reduced vibration
  • Digital Height Gauge sold separately

What is the difference between the 19-38 Drum Sander and the 19-38 Combo Sander?
The 19-38 Drum Sander is an open-ended drum sander only; the drum is not interchangeable with any heads. The 19-38 Combo can be equipped with different brush heads for profile sanding (flatter brush head), distressing (wire brush head), cleaning reclaimed wood (nylon brush head), and sanding flat stock with a drum. The 19-38 Combo machine is equipped with an AC Inverter that allows the brushes to be run at variable speeds, whereas the 19-38 Drum Sander only runs at a constant speed.


Can I convert the 19-38 Drum Sander into a brush machine like the 19-38 Combo?
Although they look similar, no, it’s not possible to convert the 19-38 Drum Sander into a brush sander. The 19-38 Drum Sander is not equipped with an AC Inverter, which allows the brush heads to be run at variable speeds. The casting of the 19-38 Combo machine is also different from that of the 19-38 Drum. If you feel you want the option of using a drum and a brush, we recommend the 19-38 Combo machine.

(1) SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander
(1) Open Stand
Rockler Protection Plan

With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more.

Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
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Brand Supermax
Manufacturer Part Number 71938-D
Weight 285.0000
Tech Spec
  • Maximum workpiece width: 38" (two passes)
  • Minimum workpiece length: 2-1/4"
  • Maximum workpiece thickness: 4"
  • Minimum workpiece thickness: 1/32"
  • Overall dimensions: 40"L x 24"W x 24"H
  • Drum: 5" x 19" extruded aluminum
  • Drum speed: 1740 RPM
  • Dust hood: 1- 4" vacuum port; minimum 600 CFM recommended
  • Conveyor motor: 43 in.-lb. torque, direct drive D.C. motor, infinitely variable 0-10 FPM
  • Drive motor (TEFC): 1-3/4 HP
  • Power Requirements: 110V, 20A
  • Shipping Weight: 286 lbs. (3 boxes including stand)
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it is well built and so unbelievable quit' and smooth love love it (PORKCHOP) MIKE
September 16, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Buy it now, just do it.
Absolutely love this. Just buy it. I didn’t have the money to buy it when I did and I wish I would have done it 5 years ago. This just fell right into the process line. As smooth as butter. Now every piece in the shop gets a little extra love and man it just replaces initial sanding. Example: had an order for beer flights. Just resawed pieces after sanding both faces then sanded the cut faces and done. Like 10 minutes total after the resaw and every piece was done and ready to go to the router table. Just can’t imagine not having it now even though I’ve only had it for like a month.
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Added Jul 20, 2019
July 20, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
It's Awesome
This sander has becoming one of my favorite tools. Super easy to use, quick adjustments that don't require tools.
July 16, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
This sander is now my favorite tool in my shop. No regrets on this purchase. Great product!!!
July 1, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Good, solid machine
In somewhat limited experience, this sander has performed well. Produces a flat surface and dust collection is excellent, Assembly is straightforward. I would definitely recommend this unit. The accessory infeed/outfeed tables are flimsy. If you plan on surfacing heavy pieces, better make your own.
June 26, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
The sander is excellent. Aligning the holes in the base with those in the sander was a nightmare. Instructions are only fair.
I previously had a Delta drum sander and the supermax is a big improvement. Dust collection is excellent as well.
June 3, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
what a beautiful machine
First and only complaint is the assembly instructions a horrible.
I guess they figured a picture was worth a thousand words so left out 900 words.

But once assembled this sander is a thing of beauty!
The belt guides the wood through at the perfect pace, and the finished product is a thing of beauty.
Very glad I hit a good sale.
Thanks
May 21, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very nice machine. Great time saver and I use it a lot more than I thought I would. My friend just bought one as well based on my recommendation.
May 6, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
sander
I have the 16/32 sander as well as this one. Both work great (I have different paper on each)
May 3, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Machine arrived in a reasonable time, well packaged, no freight damage. It is heavy thank goodness for the tractor! Assembly was straight forward, all nuts/bolts etc. were provided. Everything fit, no problems. Checked the drum for parallel to the conveyor, seemed fine. Plugged it in and sanded some softwood and some hardwood, worked exactly as advertised. Now working on dust collection as it does create a lot of dust!
April 26, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
The reviews made the difference!
Gregory D on Oct 15, 2019
I know a lot of woodworkers who have chosen the Supermax over the Jet. It seems to have more widely available sandpaper, and it is reputed to have a great fit and finish.
Gregory R on Aug 30, 2019
The reviews made the difference!
Gregory D on Oct 15, 2019
Reviews on 19-38 are fantastic. This machine has all the features I have been looking for including digital thickness reading
Gregory T on Oct 1, 2019
I know a lot of woodworkers who have chosen the Supermax over the Jet. It seems to have more widely available sandpaper, and it is reputed to have a great fit and finish.
Gregory R on Aug 30, 2019
Very good reviews overall and fits my machining requirements. Trusted company.
Stefano V on Jul 4, 2019
Referred by friend
Andrew S on Jun 26, 2019
Reviews were solid.
DS in Texas on May 27, 2019
Good reviews on this workhorse
Old Washoe Varmint on May 25, 2019
I have used one and it is Awesome!
Sarah G on May 18, 2019
Resurfacing boards rather than plane them down.
Skip H on Feb 15, 2019
great reviews
gary r on Feb 7, 2019
Because of the reviews and video's it is clearly in a category by itself. And it's a division of Laguna, so it's got to be good.
Brian C on Jan 25, 2019
I have talked to employees at WoodCrafts and they say good things about SuperMax drum sanders.
Vernon S on Jan 17, 2019
My research showed this to be a superior product. Great reviews all around.
Ken F on Jan 16, 2019
it has very good reviews
james n on Jan 10, 2019
Rated higher than Jet in several reviews.
Phil on Jan 1, 2019
Online reviews
Kris H on Dec 22, 2018
After much debate and watching a few videos I narrowed the choice to two machines. Reviews for the SuperMax 19-38 were so overwhelming and convincing that I decided to make the purchase. Considering the quality of materials and precision in engineering of this machine the small cost difference will be worth it in the long run. This machine is a long term investment worth making.
Edward M on Nov 18, 2018
Positive reviews, intellisand feature, you tube feedback
Daniel K on Sep 13, 2018
Great reviews
mark s on Jun 4, 2018
Price and comparison to other sanders this is a great value.
Banks D on May 1, 2018
sale add
Gene C on Mar 29, 2018
I looked at various reviews and the specifications. This tool meet my needs best.
Wayne T on Mar 3, 2018
Based on reviews and the great features this was the drum sander for me!
Sheldon S on Mar 21, 2017
Finish sanding for sign making
TRAVIS C on Mar 1, 2017
I use the Supermax mostly as a thickness planer as well as sanding glued up panels. Saves a tone of time over hand sanding the panels.
Peter J on Dec 10, 2016
Because of the research on the product, it shows that this product is outstanding.
Preacher on Oct 19, 2016
good tool versatile needed for my biz
Christopher D on Oct 4, 2016
Good value
Earl F on Sep 17, 2016
Needed to remove slight milling marks from my lumber bought from the lumber yard as well as sizing boards to proper thickness on my projects.<br />Love this machine, can't fathom being without it now!!!
Paul K on Sep 1, 2016
for my new wood shop
William G on Feb 1, 2016
I am making my own hardwood flooring and needed something to speed up the sanding processs. Really a great tool.
Dan H on Jan 20, 2016
I gave up on my Jet drum sander. Supermax 19-38 is just what I need to complete my projects.
Bina R on Dec 28, 2015
Jet was good option, but too much plastic, SMax is all metal.
Michael F on Dec 1, 2015
the versatility of this machine is fantastic
Russ on Nov 8, 2015
Reviews on 19-38 are fantastic. This machine has all the features I have been looking for including digital thickness reading
Gregory T on Oct 1, 2019
Very good reviews overall and fits my machining requirements. Trusted company.
Stefano V on Jul 4, 2019
Does the Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander come with an infeed/outfeed table attachment?
Arkynut on Aug 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does not, those are sold separately
Will the "Supermax Caster Set for Supermax 25" & 37" Drum Sanders - 98-0130" fit the "Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander" (Item #: 44188)?
Bill B on Jul 7, 2015
SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander
SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander
Supermax Caster Set
Supermax Caster Set
BEST ANSWER: The casters for the 25" single drum sander and double drum sander are the same casters that are used on the 19-38 drum sander. The 37" double drum sander comes with casters so I can't look up the part number to compare for you, though I suspect they are the same casters used on the other machines. Contact Supermax and have one of their technicians answer your question (they are very easy to work with).
Which digital readout is pictured above? It's not listed as an accessory.
Chris O on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That is available at Rockler.com.

iGaging DigiMAG Magnetic Digital Router Lift Remote Readout

Item #: 30431
How much material weight can it pull through the conveyor ? Solid oak table top for example about 150 lbs
DENNIS M on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: the largest thing i passed thru was an oak board about 2" x 12" x 10'. probably weighed about 60 lbs. had to go with many light pass. as you know, the automatic load sensors will stop the drum if you try to remove too much material.i don't think that the weight is a problem, it's the amount of material you try to remove. when you have found the right drum height to get a complete pass thru repeat at that level several times then lower the drum 1/64", it it stalls then raise the drum and make several more passes before lowering again. have to be patient. hope this helps.
does this come with a stand?
Stephen T on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the stand is included
Is it hard or easy to change the sanding grit on the drum?
Robert R on Jun 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Loading the open end of the Cylinder is easy. Wrapping the cylinder with sandpaper is pretty strength up as well, just keep the roll tight and lined up. The only part you need to be careful of is the final clip near the motor side. Pull tight on the roll and make sure the clip is secure. If not you'll have a crazy roll of sandpaper at high speed whipping out. All the other settings are very easy.
Can you just buy multiple drums so you change out the drums instead of paper all the time?
Michael L on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I purchased a Supermax 19-38 drum sander nearly two years ago. I must say I am very pleased with what it does.

To the question about replacing the drum with appropriate sand paper on it instead of just replacing the sand paper the drum, I have to following response.
1. It is true that leaning to replace the sand paper takes a little "doing." Which end to you start at, how to hold the spring release and how to insert the end of the sand paper roll?, are things that have to be learned. Also, how to be sure the paper is tight enough on the drum is another learning process.
2. To purchase extra drums and load them with a variety of grits, to me seems cost prohibitive and labor intensive. Not knowing the price of the drums, I can only imagine the expense. Then there is the labor to remove the and reinstall the drum each time you want to change grits. Just looking at the construction of the sander tells me I would not want to, as a practice, remove and replace the drum. After the drum is installed there is the need for proper adjustment.
3. Then the time and labor involved to just load each drum with sand paper when it wears out and keep it stored until needed is a task in itself.
4. My advise is to learn how to property remove and reinstall the sand paper on the existing drum and how to carefully us it to prevent burning of the sand paper and project being sanded. This will, certainly, save time, energy and expense. Plus your project will be completed much sooner.

I hope this helps.

Dennis A. Bauer
Can it be used to sand metal parts?
Ken S on Jun 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not tried to sand metal parts with my machine. It's not really intended for metal sanding and I would be concerned about getting metal dust into the he moving parts. Also, you would have to scrap the sand paper before going back to wood, otherwise metal dust would get imbedded into your wood projects. Doing metal sanding would likely void the manufacturer's warranty.
Hi. Can I put a wire brush on that sander?
Chris M on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, not for this sander. The 19-38 Combo sander is the one you are looking for. Rockler is in the process of putting this onto their site, but is available to special order through a Rockler store. At this point, it is not standard at the store level. The 19-38 comes standard as a bench-top unit and a 180 grit flatter brush head. Other heads available for purchase are: drum, nylon, and wire.
Does it weights 285 libs ??
Ariel A on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not know the exact weight, but it is very heavy. You should get someone to help you move or lift it. I bought a chain hoist to lift it on to the stand. I suspended the chain hoist from a ceiling joist in my shop. Even using this arrangement, it was difficult maneuvering it onto the stand by myself. You should carefully think about you will handle this heavy piece of equipment to place it in your shop.
What is the height of the stand of SuperMax 19-38without the casters? Just the stand. I am making my own cart
Carl E. R on Jul 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest you use the casters that come with the stand they are made for the stand and will support the weight of the sander and 300 pounds slab that I run thru the sander numerous times after flattening the slab to make it parallel on both sides
Tilt lever up for wide stock?
Loghead on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your question is not clear. I assume you are referring to the "Fast Lever". This is to be used when sanding stock wider than the drum. My owner's manual indicates that the lever must be tilted DOWN not UP for sanding wide stock. I have never sanded wide stock and have not had to use the Fast Lever. I did have to adjust the Fast Lever when I originally set up the drum sander. I found that the 2 bolts through the flange that had to be adjusted with a hex wrench were very difficult to reach.
Does anyone know the dimensions of the base? I'm making my own cart
Carl E. R on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The base is 20-1/2" x 37" of the legs and machine base is 11-3/4" x 33"
Where is the Supermax sander made?
A. R. V on Feb 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe it's made in Taiwan, that is what is indicated on the serial # plate. It is a great sander.
Darrel
What width of paper does this take? Is it a 3” where you can buy a roll or like some others a 3 3/8” where you have to buy their already cut refills?
Michael F on Apr 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is 3”, you can buy large rolls and use the one that comes with the unit as a pattern.
What is the maximum recommended thickness of material that can be removed in one pass with 24 grit? Do you turn the height adjustment some fraction of a turn down for each pass? It looks like an eighth turn (45 deg) will lower the drum 1/128th inch (0.008), can you go much more per pass?
Rock K on Mar 11, 2018