Axminster Trade ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
Axminster Trade ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
£1,739.50 (£1,449.58 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Trade ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander

Code: 501107

  • Single drum, bench mounted sander for finishing boards and panels up to 960mm wide
  • Variable speed conveyor belt drive with load-sensing technology
  • Inverter driven drum motor giving variable rpm with load compensation
  • Fully adjustable conveyor table for accurate sanding
  • Optional silicon carbide sanding brushes or wire brush can be fitted
  • Optional floor stand with wheels for mobility
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£1,739.50 (£1,449.58 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Axminster Trade ST-480 Drum/Brush Sander
  • Axminster Trade Floor Stand for ST-480 Drum Sander
  • Abranet Max Abrasive Roll 76mm x 25m 80g
  • Axminster Trade ST-480 Wire Brush
Total: £2,876.95

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Trade Classification & 3 Year Guarantee

The ST-480 is a compact, single drum finishing sander that can also be easily converted to a brush sander. N.B. These sanders are used for fine finishing, they are not intended to be used as a thicknesser or with coarse abrasive for significant stock removal. In all instances, they are intended to be used with planed and thicknessed material.

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 960mm wide in two passes. The machine will sand work pieces as short as 60m to 90mm in length. 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.

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Abrasive Roll Width 76 mm
Dust Extraction Outlet 100 mm
Feed Speed 0 to 3 m/min (var)
Model ST-480 BDSDM
Nett Weight 155 kg
Overall L x W x H 1,000 mm x 680 mm x 580 mm
Power 1.1 kW
Rating Trade
Sanding Drum Diameter 125 mm
Sanding Thickness Min\Max 1 mm to 100 mm
Sanding Width Double Pass 960 mm
Sanding Width Single Pass 480 mm
Table Size 595 mm x 580 mm
Voltage 230 V
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 3.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



15 March 2018

Not worth the money

Only had this just over 1 mouth
But found the sand paper would come lose way to offeten
In doing so would waste the sandpaper the coast of the paper is way to much so wasteing was not acceptable
unfortunately I missed the return Period by a few weeks
And they wouldn't accept it back
Not even for store credit
Not worth the money I'm afraid


9 March 2017


Never 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.

Abrasive is easy to change. Again, as someone else pointed out, you need the good stuff - Hermes cloth backed. The Abranet stuff doesn't work so well as the dust can get under it, and cake up into lumps, leading to burns and troughs in the workpiece. Hopefully Axminster will bring back the finer grade Hermes, otherwise I will have to look elsewhere.

Optional stand is pricey but very solid, and probably worth it.


7 October 2015


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.

I use this machine for finishing saw cut veneers and for levelling face frames, it excels in both areas and I would thoroughly recommend the ST-480.

Francois Rommel

8 December 2013

a top notch drum sander for musical instrument maker

I'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.
I bought this device in sept 2013 at the Sittingbourne store. the only regret I have so far is that I wish I had bought it earlier. I only use it as a drum sander, and it still worth every penny. But don't expect it to be a substitute for a planer or a wide belt sander. If you google "Supermax 19-38" you can find a lot of good reviews that detail the nice features this device has, and particularly compared to the JET drum sanders. The feed tables of the JET 22-44 fit perfectly. I've also bought a spare DRO from Axminster and adapt it to the device. Even if it is already pretty well set up out of the box I really advise you to take a couple of minutes to adjust it more accurately (google "9 volt battery drum sander set up tips") since the device is pretty easy to set up. It also has a rubberised conveyor belt that works fine and doesn't scratch the wood. It is easy and quick to change abrasive (I do it now in less than one minute and I never pinched any finger).
To make this device even more efficient, consider adding a DRO. You can save up money by making the stand and feed tables yourself.
For all of these reasons and also for its dimensions (top and back can be sanded in one pass) it is IMHO the most relevant choice for a small shop guitar maker at a fair price.
At last but not least, the level of service and help provided to me by the Axminster guys has always been top notch.

Murray Tait

14 September 2013

An asset but not as good as expected

This 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.

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