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AWFS Tool News: Combo Drum/Brush Sander Could be a Boon to Pros

comments (2) July 21st, 2011 in blogs

AsaC AsaC, Contributor
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The 90-degree corners on this ogee profiled door remained crisp after having gone through the Fladder head sanding process.
The secret is small 1/4-in.- and 1/8-in.-wide flaps.

Any small-shop pro who does a lot of cabinet work should take a hard look at the new SuperMax Combo Drum/Brush Sander. At $2,200 it represents a unique opportunity to have a serious drum sander that accepts a number of time-saving heads. It comes standard with the "Fladder" head, a type of fine flap sanders that handles both flat surfaces and tight profiles in a single pass. The secret is small 1/4-in.- and 1/8-in.-wide flaps and the machine's AC power inverter that allows the user to slow down the RPMs to avoid rounding over crisp details while still smoothing every surface.

The other great feature is SuperMax's own SandSmart controller, borrowed from its bigger sanders, which maintains the drum rpm you have chosen, and if it can't, slows the conveyor belt to so it can maintain RPM.


Wire bristle heads allow for an antiqued effect. click to enlarge 


I saw an ogee-profiled door that had been through the Fladder head, and it was super-smooth yet the corners were broken ever-so-slightly, friendly to the hand but still crisp. Pretty amazing that you can pre-sand a door for finishing in one pass. I did see some cross-grain scratches on the rails, but the tech expert at the booth said that using a finer grit would have taken care of those. Heck, if you need to, you could always make another pass with 220, which leaves cross-grain scratches that are not visible under a finish.

The aforementioned flat sanding drum, a nylon bristle head (for denibbing a finished surface), and a wire brush head (for a weathered look) are all available and change out quickly. The SuperMax 19-38 Combo Drum/Brush Sander is available at

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Comments (2)

JohnLonea JohnLonea writes: (link didnt work but you can see it here anyway):
Posted: 10:21 am on August 8th

JohnLonea JohnLonea writes: Drum sanders are a great alternative to the more expensive wide belt sanders out there. If you dont have the money or the need for a wide belt, drum sanders are the perfect choice, and in my situation this is exactly what I did.

Particularly the newer oscillating models that Jet/Performax have been coming out with recently, have heard nothing but good things from those, can be a little pricier than the standard drum sanders though...but still a heck of a lot cheaper than a wide belt. I dont have one personally, I am currently using a standard open stand model from Jet (629004K), but I am looking into investing into an oscillating model soon. I read a good review here (still not decided yet though):drum sander reviews .com

Looking forward to the type of results I can expect from an oscillating sander, I've heard the finish they produce is excellent, and better than your standard sander.
Posted: 10:20 am on August 8th

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