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CAREFUL SHOPPER EVALUATES SANDING MACHINES — Woodmaster Drum Sander, Craftsman®, Grizzly®, others

Published on April 8, 2014

CAREFUL SHOPPER EVALUATES SANDING MACHINES — Woodmaster Drum Sander, Craftsman®, Grizzly®, others

Benton Rosenberry has tried many sanding machines and speaks from hands-on experience. “Keeping glue joints even with a hand sander is hard. It’s easy with my Woodmaster.”

Benton Rosenberry has tried many sanding machines and speaks from hands-on experience. “Keeping glue joints even with a hand sander is hard. It’s easy with my Woodmaster.”

Long-time woodworker, Benton Rosenberry, shopped carefully when he was buying a sanding machine. He compared several styles and brands then looked for the best deal. At the end of the day, he’s plenty pleased with his Woodmaster 2675 Drum Sander. Some days, though, he wishes he’d chosen a bigger, wider Woodmaster…

“I went through vocational school then worked at a furniture factory. They had a big belt sander and I thought I’d like to have one. But that was in ’71 and it was $8,000 back then. I knew I could never afford one.

Today, I’m semi-retired and do woodworking to supplement our income. I have a pretty good-sized shop, 30’ x 40’. I’m building kitchen cabinets for our home. It used to be such a chore trying to keep a board flat with a Craftsman® belt sander after I’d glued up a tabletop.

Benton's a man on a mission when it comes to cabinetry. It's amazing what a talented woodworker can do with a Woodmaster in his shop.

Benton’s a man on a mission when it comes to cabinetry. It’s amazing what a talented woodworker can do with a Woodmaster in his shop.

“I wish I’d had it years ago.”

The Woodmaster Drum Sander is wonderful — I wish I’d had it years ago. I made a solid walnut entertainment center and did the sanding with a regular hand sander. Keeping the wood the right thickness for glue joints was hard. With the Woodmaster it’s so easy to keep boards the same thickness.

I notice a difference in the quality of my work since I started working with the Woodmaster sander — I don’t get ripples or low spots in some of the large surface areas that I had problems with in the past. And the Woodmaster saves me a lot of time.

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He shopped for quality, features, and price

I looked at sanding machines advertised in different magazines and I saw some at a few woodworking shows. I saw some I liked but their price was quite a bit higher than Woodmaster’s. Other machines’ drums are smaller and made out of aluminum. I thought I’d go with Woodmaster’s larger drum. That gave me the advantage of no ripple effect on my work. The size of the drum and the price were the two key features that made me buy it. It’s real easy to change paper on the drum. I’ve gotten to where I can change sandpaper in 2 or 3 minutes.

Benton was kind enough to share his story with us. How about you? Do you have Woodmaster stories and photos to share? Please email them to us!

Benton was kind enough to share his story with us. How about you? Do you have Woodmaster stories and photos to share? Please email them to us!

Before I bought the Woodmaster, I called another company and asked them what their bottom price was, but they wouldn’t budge from the price. I also looked into Grizzly® sanders. I asked someone who owned one what he thought. ‘It’s a piece of junk,’ he said. That’s what he told me! I’m impressed with the Woodmaster’s quality and price; I think that you folks keep your price down. You have a good product, it’s made real well.

I’m real happy with my Woodmaster. A friend who has a cabinet shop and a wide belt sander said I’d be disappointed and have ripples in my boards. He didn’t think I’d be satisfied but I am. If anybody’s thinking about a drum sander, I suggest Woodmaster. I am very satisfied.

I don’t think there is anything that I don’t like about the machine. I am pretty well sold on it. Id buy another in a heartbeat and I’d go with Woodmaster. For anyone thinking about getting a Woodmaster, think about what you’re making. Sometimes the 26” wide 2675 Woodmaster is a little small for me. I’d like something a bit wider. If you’re making tabletops, you’d probably want the 38” 3875 Woodmaster Drum Sander.”

— Benton Rosenberry, Woodmaster Drum Sander Owner, Kansas

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