For more than 14 years, JET’s 16-32 Drum Sander with Stand has been the brand’s most popular woodworking machine. Now, JET is enhancing this sander with new features, which include tool-less conveyor belt parallelism adjustment, depth scale on the drum height adjustment handwheel and advanced dust hood design.
Special attention has been paid to conveyor belt parallelism in the new JET 16-32. Parallelism adjustments of the precision-flattened, reinforced-steel belt can be made without tools by simply turning a dial located on the left side of the conveyor. A redesigned conveyor system pulls the workpiece through the sander instead of pushing it to minimize stress on the belt.
A depth scale has been added to the large handwheel on top that adjusts drum height to control the depth of material removal. The machine sands material from 1/32 in. to 3 in. thick, and it can safely handle pieces as short as 2-1/4 in. long. Each full turn of the crank adjusts the drum height by 1/16 in. for precise sanding thickness control. Adjusting drum height and downward pressure also helps alleviate snipe. The sander’s open-ended design allows the JET 16-32 Drum Sander to sand workpieces up to 32 in. wide by making two passes. A convenient camber adjustment makes it easy to avoid “witness marks” on wide boards.
To improve dust collection, JET has redesigned the hood to feature an integrated channel that mirrors the shape of the drum. The channel directs dust and debris to a 4-in.-diameter dust port on top of the hinged hood.
The JET 16-32 Drum Sander incorporates two TEFC motors. A 1-1/2HP, single-phase, 110V, 14-amp motor turns the sanding drum at 1,725 RPM. The conveyor belt is driven separately by a direct-drive, DC motor. This combination provides both consistent sanding power and fine control of conveyor speed.
Infinitely variable control produces conveyor feed rates of 0 to 10 feet per minute. JET’s exclusive SandSmart™ control monitors the load on the drum motor and automatically regulates conveyor speed to maintain the highest feed rate. A red indicator light warns when the sanding depth is too great or the feed rate is too fast. A safety-keyed On/Off switch with overload protection is conveniently mounted on the control box next to the SandSmart control.
Patented conveyor belt Trackers™ significantly reduce the need for manual belt adjustments. If tracking adjustments become necessary (after breaking in a new conveyor belt, for example), independent tracking adjusters on either side of the conveyor are easy to access and use.
Measuring 5 in. in diameter by 16 in. long, the sanding drum is designed for smooth running and heat dissipation. The precision-machined and balanced, extruded aluminum drum is self-cooling to prevent heat damage to the workpiece or abrasive sleeve. Sealed and permanently lubricated, 1-in.-diameter ball bearings provide smooth operation and long life. Patented abrasive take-up clips make changing abrasive sleeves quick and easy, and the drum is removable.
The JET 16-32 Drum Sander’s steel stand has a 20- x 37-in. footprint for stability and includes a storage shelf and pre-drilled holes for casters. Optional accessories include a set of infeed/outfeed tables; $129.99), each measuring 16-3/4-in. wide x 10-in. deep, which expands the sander’s total support surface to more than 42 in. A set of four, full-swivel locking casters with polyurethane-covered wheels ($133.99) also are optional.
“The JET 16-32 Drum Sander has proven itself to be a user-friendly, precision machine with plenty of capacity to efficiently handle a wide variety of sanding jobs,” said Joan Duvall, JET’s senior director of marketing. “Our new, upgraded version is sure to become an indispensible tool in many small- to mid-size woodshops, as well as enthusiasts’ home workshops.”
The JET 16-32 Drum Sander with Stand (model JWDS-1632) sells for $1,299.99. It is covered by a 5-year warranty, as well as JET’s RED Assurance™, the industry’s most dependable service and support guarantee program. Click here to learn more about it or to find a JET dealer near you.