JET 1020 Benchtop Drum Sander

La Vergne, TN – JET® has added a new 1020 benchtop drum sander to its class-leading drum sander family – the JET 1020 BT Drum Sander, which replaces the JET 10-20PLUS Drum Sander.  Although even more compact and lighter weight than its predecessor, the upgraded 1020 BT Drum Sander is loaded with premium features found on larger, high-end JET models, such as an open-ended arm design, pull-through conveyor and patented high-performance dust hood.

The drum sander’s redesigned hood features an integrated channel that directs dust and debris to a 4” diameter dust port on top of its hinged hood. This innovation removes up to 97% of all dust when paired with a JET Cyclone Dust Collector.

 “The new JET 1020 BT Drum Sander is a smart choice for many woodworkers who have limited space or need to move the sander around their shop,” said Tobias Bridges, Director of Product Management – Woodworking. “This small but powerful bench top drum sander can precisely, efficiently and continuously sand a wide range of projects, such as furniture stock, inlays, flat trim and resawn boards.”

Weighing 73 lbs., the compact, benchtop sander has a footprint of 27” X 18”. Its heavy-duty, die-cast aluminum and steel construction ensures rigidity and minimal vibration.  The sander’s open-ended design allows sanding of work pieces up to 10” wide in a single pass, and up to 20” wide by making two passes.  The machine sands material from 1/32 to 3” thick.

Parallelism of the drum sander’s precision-flattened, reinforced-steel conveyor bed can be adjusted by unlocking the conveyer and simply turning a dial on the lower-left side of the machine.  The parallelism adjustment dial features a stop to quickly return the conveyor bed to a flat position. An improved conveyor system pulls the work piece through the sander instead of pushing it. This upgrade provides consistently smooth sanding action and minimal belt stress.

The sander is powered by a 1 HP, single-phase, 115V motor, which turns the sanding drum at 1725 RPM.  The conveyor belt is driven separately by a direct-drive, dc motor. This combination provides both consistent sanding power and precise conveyor speed control.

Infinitely variable speed control allows the operator to set the optimal feed rate from 0 to 10 fpm to produce the desired sanding action.  The control console is located up-front for easy operator access and incorporates an integrated circuit breaker to protect the motor from overheating.  There is a large depth scale located on the front of the sander, as well as a reference scale on the top under the hand wheel that adjusts drum height to control the depth of material removal.  This high-visibility scale enables the operator to reset and measure the depth setting of each project.  Each full turn of the crank adjusts the drum height by 1/16” for precise sanding thickness control.

The sanding drum measures 5” in diameter by 10” long and 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 work piece or abrasive sleeve.  Tool-less abrasive take-up fasteners make changing abrasive sleeves quick and easy.  This 1020 drum sander comes with an 80 grit sandpaper roll. JET also offers rolls ranging from 36 to 220 grit.

The JET 1020 BT Drum Sander is covered by a three-year warranty, as well as JET’s RED AssuranceTM. The JET Red Assurance service and support program features 750 authorized dealers throughout the U.S. The U.S. based customer service program provides tech support as well as extensive online resources, including access to 40,000 unique in-stock parts. To locate the nearest authorized service center call 1-800-274-6848 or click on the SERVICE CENTER link.

Visit for more information or to locate a dealer for the new JET 1020 BT Drum Sander (JWDS 1020, $899.99).

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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