JET opened in 1958 as a hardware store. Leslie P. Sussman founded the company, and the operations were mostly concentrated on dealing trolleys and air hoists. Through the years, the company was able to sell different products like transmitter radios, snowmobiles, nylon stockings, and forklifts. By the seventies, the business also ventured to metalworking. The company started venturing in woodworking by the 80s, and today, JET sells different kinds of woodworking tools backed with excellent service and world-class features.
If you have sanding needs, you can count on the JET 16-32 Plus, also known as 629004K, to cut the time in performing such tasks by 75%. It’s an innovative tool that can benefit those who are involved in woodworking. Whether you need to handle a small or large sanding job, this sander is what you need. In commercial shops where a planer is not available, JET 629004K is a great investment.
The precision drum of JET 629004K offers smooth and long operating life. The aluminum drum will not give you any heat-related problems because it is self-cooling. You can also eliminate snipe because the roller pressure and drum height are adjustable to suit the needs of users.
If you need to work on different materials, JET 629004K can help you in getting the task done. The sander can handle varying thicknesses from 1/32 inch to 3 inches. This sander is much better than a planer because the latter usually has the minimum thickness or length requirements. In fact, with this product, you can sand materials up to 2 ¼ inches. You can also sand materials with 32 inches in width. You can do this effectively with two passes. You don’t have to worry about making witness marks because the sander comes with a camber adjustment.
Whether you need to perform fine or rough sanding, the flexibility of JET 629004K is what you need, along with its varying feed rate. The conveyor platform also ensures an accurate turning of the material and a much smoother surface.
JET 629004K comes with two powerful and top quality motors. TEFC or totally enclosed fan cooled motors can efficiently operate even in dusty environments. You can also benefit from the added protection of the product through the keyed on/off switch. Overloading won’t be a problem, and you can operate with the utmost convenience.
You can make easy and quick adjustments with the aid of the patented trackers. The independent adjusters can be found on the conveyor’s sides. These adjusters can be accessed with ease, especially when you need to make tracking adjustments. You can also keep the material flat while doing the sanding tasks through the conveyor bed that is made of reinforced steel.
JET 629004K is perfect even for the dusty environments because it comes with a dust port. The port collects dust efficiently to prevent vision obstruction while sanding. Do you need to change the sandpaper? The spring-clip provided by the manufacturer allows easy and quick sandpaper changes.
Upon purchase of this drum sander, you can avail of the five-year warranty. It weighs 145 pounds, which makes it quite durable and sturdy. You can be sure that the unit can meet most of your sanding needs. Aside from the drum sander, you will also get the metal stand, ready-to-wrap abrasives, abrasive belt, and abrasive strip.
- Powerful TEFC motors
- Patented ‘trackers’ for the conveyor belt
- Open-frame design
- Overload protection controls
- Keyed on/off switch
- Offers smooth sanding thereby taking off the pain of doing sanding tasks
- Can be used in versatile applications; you can use it for small or large sanding tasks without difficulty
- Two powerful motors; the sanding drum is powered by the 1.5HP motor, while a separate motor drives the conveyor belt
Some of the problems encountered by owners of this machine are the following:
- Adjusting the machine’s conveyor belt tracking
- Difficult to adjust sanding drum
- It takes practice to replace sandpaper
- Popping overload breaker
- Snipe problems
Here’s an in-shop review of this drum sander:
Despite the difficulties encountered by some users of JET 629004K, the machine is still a good deal as long as you’re able to adjust it correctly to suit your needs. A sander is one of the most important woodworking tools you can have. If you need precision sanding, this sander is an excellent choice.