by Chuck Bender
The first thing that comes to mind upon seeing the SuperMax 19-38 drum sander is the company’s focus on quality. It’s evident in everything from the castings to the precision-milled drum to the thoughtful placement of the controls and adjustments.
Though Warren Weber and Bill Schroeder founded SuperMax Tools in 2005, they’ve had their hands in drum sanders for more than two decades. Both worked with and helped to develop sanders for Performax before Jet purchased the company. When the two decided to venture on their own, they wanted to build better machines. The 19-38 demonstrates that we all benefit from their experience.
This open-ended sander provides versatility while maintaining accuracy. Stepping up to a 19″ single-width (38″ double-pass) sander comes with some inherent problems; the foremost is how to keep the head and feed table parallel. SuperMax overcomes this with beefy head castings and a single-point adjustment on the table. The fact that you can make quick, accurate adjustments to the table by turning a single nut is reason enough to own one.