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The Basement #34: Another Drum Sander Upgrade...

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 05-19-2013 12:51 AM 2598 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey folks….another upgrade for the old Performax ST (22×44) drum sander. This is the original drum sander that Performax made and it bolts onto a RAS.

You can see previous mods here:

http://lumberjocks.com/JL7/blog/19321

http://lumberjocks.com/JL7/blog/19348

http://lumberjocks.com/JL7/blog/21269

The sander has always worked great for me, until the other day when I tried to sand a 21×36 solid Maple desk top. I don’t usually use the full width of the sander. The problem was the cheesy plastic paper holding things just didn’t keep there grip and the paper would overlap and burn...

(That’s the photo after I drilled out the rivets holding them in….)

I called SuperMax, which is the original company that built the early Performax stuff, before Jet bought them…...and they are still in the Twin Cities, so close to home…...

The young lady was so pleasant, I called right after she shut her computer down for the day, but she processed the order anyways, from memory…...works for me.

The parts showed up today in the mail. Only gripes…..no instructions….and no counter weights….I wouldn’t have even considered the counter weights until I Google’d the directions, which I found in an obscure re-scanned document not on the SuperMax site. Thankfully, it described the correct weight for the counterbalances…...

Here are the new grips:

The outbound:

The inbound…..this one uses some heavy spring pressure to keep the paper tight and is easy to load:

I didn’t take photos, but without the counterweights, the drum was a disaster…..vibrating all over the place…...Panic ensued….

Luckily, a few day ago I bought a HF scale for weighing out finishes….....$16 with coupon. Good call, because I could weigh out enough washers to balance each end of the drum…...used super glue and hot glue to attach. Runs nice and smooth now.

Oh yea…...

Got a perfectly smooth solid Maple top (from old gym floor) on the sander….no burn:

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.



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gfadvm

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 01:08 AM

Great fix Jeff. The clips on both of my drum sanders are less than ideal. I have to use strapping tape on the outboard end. Noy sure I’m handy enough to do these new clips though:(

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JL7

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 01:14 AM

Hey Andy – I’ve used the “duct tape” trick…..it’s fine as long as you don’t need to sand in that spot! The change here is amazing…...I used the same exact paper before and after and no problems after…..love it.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 01:46 AM

Heck, I’ll be by next week to borrow it- that’s quite a sander.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 01:58 AM

What’s the price on the new clips?

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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JL7

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 02:02 AM

See ya next week Sandra!......Ring twice, I’m usually in the basement…....

Loren…they were about $50 for the pair…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 02:21 AM

Jeff, If I order these and hit a snag installing them, you’ll come help right?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JL7

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 02:24 AM

Sure thing Andy…...do you have the Performax sanders?? If yes…..you gotta do it….well worth it…..I had to dis-assemble the drum…PITA, but worth it..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 02:37 AM

Glad you were able to get it all sorted & fixed.

I need a drum sander. Purchase of a new one is NOT in the cards. Perhaps a CL deal will fall in my lap. If not, looks like I will build either a “Stumpy” version or one of my own design!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 02:45 AM

Randy – build it, buy it or just wish it there…..(sometimes that works…) you will like it….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 03:55 AM

Jeff thats some fine photography .good shots ,sorry no help but im with Randy on the sander need one bad am going to try stumpys ,the desk top looked great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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JL7

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#11 posted 05-19-2013 04:04 AM

Hey Eddie…...these are iPad (lazy) photos…the cool thing with the iPad (and I’m sure other devices) is it uploads all the photos to the cloud automatically…....so you can later sit at the ‘puter and mess with them…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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SPalm

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 11:44 AM

They are nice photos. Lazy poop.

Those clips are what my Performax has for paper holding. The main problem is reaching in there to get at it, even with their little access tool.

I would not have thought of balancing. It sure makes sense. And shows what a difference there is with an aluminum drum and a home made MDF one. I have never read of anyone balancing one, or any need to. Huh.

Looking good Jeff. Your shop is just so cool.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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boxcarmarty

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 12:11 PM

Somethin’ over here smells like burnt gym socks…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 05-19-2013 12:15 PM

Jeff, I’ve thought about these problems that you’ve had with the sander and I think I have a solution. Load it in Rich’s car when he comes this way and I’ll take care of it from there…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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JL7

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#15 posted 05-19-2013 12:43 PM

Steve….they didn’t include the little tool either…..but surprisingly, I found it pretty easy to get the paper set. There is just enough room to get r done. I’m sure yours is counterbalanced from the factory. Thanks Steve..

Marty, thanks for the generous offer, if it fits in Rich’s car, you got it…....ring twice Rich, I’m usually in the basement…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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