JET Updates 16-32 Plus Drum Sander

JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander

jet-1632-drum-sanderLa Vergne, TN – For more than 14 years, JET’s 16-32 Plus Drum Sander with Stand has been the brand’s most popular woodworking machine and the industry’s undisputed class leader.  Now, this versatile, accurate and affordable mid-size drum sander has raised the bar again with new features, including tool-less conveyor belt parallelism adjustment, depth scale on the drum height adjustment handwheel and advanced dust hood design.

“The JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander has proven itself to be a user-friendly, precision machine with plenty of capacity to efficiently handle a wide variety of sanding jobs,” said Joan Duvall, Jet’s Senior Director of Marketing. “Our new, upgraded version is sure to become an indispensible tool in many small to mid-size woodshops, as well as enthusiasts’ home workshops.”

Special attention has been paid to conveyor belt parallelism in the new JET 16-32 model.  Parallelism adjustments of the precision-flattened, reinforced-steel belt can be made without tools by simply turning a dial located on the left side of the conveyor.   A redesigned conveyor system pulls the work piece through the sander instead of pushing it to minimize stress on the belt. The conveyor belt provides a generous 21-3/8” L x 16” D surface area to move wood beneath the sanding drum.


A depth scale has been added to the large handwheel on top of the sander that adjusts drum height to control the depth of material removal. This handy 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.  Adjusting drum height and downward pressure helps alleviate snipe.

To improve dust collection, a redesigned hood features an integrated channel that mirrors the shape of the drum.  The channel directs dust and debris to the 4”-diameter, dust port on top of the hinged hood.

The sander’s open-ended design allows the JET 16-32 Plus to sand work pieces up to 32” wide by making two passes.  The machine sands material from 1/32” to 3” thick, and can safely handle pieces as short as 2 ¼”.  A convenient camber adjustment makes it easy to avoid “witness marks” on wide boards.

The JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander incorporates two TEFC motors.  A 1-1/2HP, single- phase, 110V, 14-amp motor turns the sanding drum at 1725 RPM.  The conveyor belt is driven separately by a direct-drive, dc motor with 43 in.-lbs. of torque. This combination provides both consistent sanding power and fine control of conveyor speed.

Infinitely variable control produces conveyor feed rates of 0 to 10 fpm.  JET’s exclusive SandSmartTM control monitors the load on the drum motor and automatically regulates conveyor speed to maintain the highest feed rate.  A red indicator light warns when the depth of cut is too great or the feed rate is too fast. A safety-keyed on/off switch with overload protection is conveniently mounted on the control box next to the SandSmart control.

Patented conveyor belt TrackersTM significantly reduce the need for manual belt adjustments.  If tracking adjustments become necessary (after breaking in a new conveyor belt, for example), independent tracking adjusters on either side of the conveyor are easy to access and use.

Measuring 5” in diameter by 16” long, the sanding drum 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.  Sealed and permanently lubricated, 1”-diameter ball bearings provide smooth operation and long life.  Patented abrasive take-up clips make changing abrasive sleeve quick and easy.  The drum is easily removable.

The JET 16-32 Plus Sander’s steel stand has a 20” x 37” footprint for stability and includes a storage shelf and pre-drilled holes for casters. Optional accessories include a set of infeed/outfeed tables, each measuring 16-3/4” W x 10” D, which expands the sander’s total support surface to more than 42”.  The tables are equipped with easily installed brackets.  A set of four, full- swivel, locking casters with polyurethane-covered  wheels also are optional.

The JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander with Stand is covered by a 5-year warranty, as well as JET’s RED AssuranceTM, the industry’s most dependable service and support guarantee program.

Visit for more information or to locate a dealer for the new JET 16-32 Plus Drum Sander with Stand, Model JWDS-1632 (723520K, $1299.99); Infeed/Outfeed Tables for Model JWDS-1632 (723521, $129.99); and Casters, Set of 4 (98-0130, $133.99). specs

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