Jet 22-44 Oscillating Drum Sander

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
3.0
out of 5
Brand:
Jet
Model:
22-44ODS
Price:
$2,200

Description

With the push of a button the 22-44OSC sander can be operated as a simple sander or as an oscillating sander. When operating as a linear sander, the sander drum rotates as the conveyor feeds the workpiece through. In oscillating mode, in addition to the linear sanding operation, the sanding drum head oscillates from left to right and lowers heat build-up on the sanding belt to reduce loading and burning. Additional features include a built-in cabinet door for access to storage, conveyor trackers and infinitely variable feed control.

* HP: 1-3/4
* Conveyor Speed: 0-10 SFPM, variable
* Motor Voltage: 120
* Amps: 20
* Drum Speed (RPM): 1,700
* Port Size: 4" O.D.
* Drum Diameter: 5"
* Drum Material Type: Extruded aluminum

WOOD magazine review

Side-to-side action eliminates linear scratches

Review Summary

When we tested five drum sanders recently we were pleasantly surprised at how uniformly thick and smooth we could get workpieces with them. A couple of months later we tested Jet’s 22-44 Oscillating Drum Sander, and were stunned by how much quicker and smoother it gets the job done. You can use the machine in standard mode, or engage the oscillating feature and the drum glides back and forth 1" as it rotates.
This side-to-side motion eliminates straight-line scratches—common with standard drum sanding—because it smooths in two dimensions simultaneously. Regardless of what wood we ran through this machine, we got much smoother surfaces using the oscillating action than without; so smooth we only needed a quick 220-grit sanding with a random-orbit sander to finish the job. Occasionally, the 22-44 left squiggly “snake tracks”—curvy high and low spots—but a second pass at the same depth setting removed them and left the panel dead flat. And even when we sanded a 44"-wide panel, the thickness accuracy across the workpiece never differed more than .008"—more than acceptable. This machine requires a significant investment, but the $600 premium (compared to Jet’s standard 22-44) can be recouped in time saved by not needing to use a random-orbit sander for several grits of smoothing. You can also save about $100 by skipping the optional infeed and outfeed tables. We tested this machine with them and without and got equal results. Plus, the infeed table made it tougher to reach the drum to change sanding belts.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Great sander, terrible support

Review Summary

I have one of the original 22-44 Oscillating drum sanders, sn 09120696 that I bought at Woodcraft in Exton, PA. I have been happy with the sander but the Upper Sliding Drum Carriage just broke by the bearing mount closest to the motor. There is a key that drives the drum. It sits in a slot on the drum shaft and slides within a coupler. The key wore from the metal on metal friction and then spun in the coupler which kept the drum from moving.
When the motor pulled the carriage, it broke since the drum would not slide. Jet has discontinued parts for my machine which is less than 10yrs old with only a 100hrs of use. The carriage, special key and special screws are discontinued. So are the belts and the drive system that moves the wood under the drum. Jet suggested that I call around to Jet repair facilities to see if anyone had some of the parts but that they could not offer any support. I would not buy this sander unless you consider a $2500 tool disposable.

Detailed Ratings

3.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

1

Ease of Use

5

Value

1

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