The ST-480 is a compact, single drum finishing sander that can also be easily converted to a brush sander. Based around a cast iron base and frame, this is an extremely rigid and accurate drum sander. It is supplied as a bench mounted single drum machine that can handle boards and flat panels up to 980mm wide in two passes. Features include a variable speed conveyor controlled by a load sensing electronic system to prevent overheating of the sanding abrasive. A polyurethane conveyor belt is fitted, which has good grip but is non-marking. The sanding drum is balanced to prevent vibration and the abrasive loadings are spirally wound and secured by spring-loaded clips. A simple tool is provided to ease the abrasive changing task. The sanding drum is powered by an inverter driven induction motor. The variable drum speed provides a further control of the finish and also allows the use of the optional sanding brushes. The silicon carbide sanding brushes are supplied as a complete exchange kit. Available in a wide variety of grits, they are simple to fit in place of the sanding drum. Brush heads are very effective for profile sanding, denibbing and preparing mouldings for finishing. You can sand sealer coats and primers with the most uniform control of the finish. There is also a wire brush attachment, used to distress new wood to look weathered or create a grained look. This can also be used for brushing metals. With these options, this drum sander can be used for many tasks and will bring processes only previously available in larger machines to the small, growing workshop. A single 100mm dust extraction outlet is provided, efficient dust extraction is vital with these machines, please make sure your system is adequate. An optional, wheeled floor stand with a large storage cupboard is also available.
|Dust Extraction Outlet||100mm|
|Min Length||60-90mm (varies with application)|
|Overall L x W x H||1,000 x 680 x 580mm|
|Power||1.1kW 230V 1ph|
|Sanding Drum Diameter||125mm|
|Sanding Thickness Min\Max||1mm - 100mm|
|Sanding Width Double Pass||960mm|
|Sanding Width Single Pass||480mm|
|Table Size||595 x 580mm|
|Abrasive Roll Width||76mm|
9 March 2017
ExcellentNever had a drum sander before, so can't compare to any other make, but very impressed with this one. Saves a lot of time compared to handheld sander, and better still gets the job really flat & smooth. Only 4 stars for features as it really could use feed tables, but these don't seem to be offered, even as an option - though I see another reviewer says the JET ones fit.
4 March 2017
PointlessI got one of these to sand panels (shelves, tabletops etc) flat after jointing boards, so just 1 mm or less thickness to take off. I really did not see the point - it works fine for really small items that don't extend over the conveyor belts, but if there's anything that is a bit longer then it ends up making a big snipe mark due to the cantilever pushing up the workpiece to the drum; I used roller stands but never quite got it right.
7 October 2015
Outstanding!One of the best performing machines in my workshop. Superbly accurate and very reliable...just make sure you use good quality abrasive paper such as the Hermes cloth backed rolls, skimping on abrasive paper is a big mistake with this machine. Dust extraction is good (but no better than "good"), noise levels are reasonable, changing abrasive loadings is fast and simple, and the automatic paper tensioner really works.
8 December 2013
a top notch drum sander for musical instrument makerI've been building guitars for more than 10 years and was looking to upgrade my home-made drum sander. I was luring at the Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander [not available in Europe] . In the meantime, I discovered that the Axminster Trade Series ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander is sold in the US by Supermax as 19-38 Combo Brush/Drum Sander.
14 September 2013
An asset but not as good as expectedThis machine is an asset to my two man cabinet shop and is used regularly but it was not quite as good as I expected. The machine could do with more power so a deeper cut could be taken as it does struggle with wider boards. However we do pass all our frames through it which gives us a nice flat finish which are then ready for the hand finishing with the random orbit. I suppose i would give it a 3.5 out of 5. Maybe I was expecting too much from a relatively economical machine.