The Laguna Tools Platinum Series 16/32 Drum Sander is a very lightweight machine intended for hobbyists, with a 1HP motor and adjustable conveyer feed speeds.
The reviews on Amazon don’t get over 3-stars, with both the first review from March 2009 and the last review in October of 2010 both giving 3-stars. Of four reviews, one is 2-star and one is 1-star, the latter stating that the reviewer
“can’t wait to give it away.”
The most pervasive complaint is that the sanding belts were incredibly frustrating to change, with one reviewer ruining
“at least 8 belts”.
Additional issues include unsturdy legs from improperly sizes carriage bolt holes, a terrible manual and one reviewer said that the bed and sanding drum were
“horribley out of parallel”
when he received the unit. There was some surprise that this unit bore the Laguna name, one stating that the unit is
“made in China and the only thing Laguna about it is the decals.”