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Blog entry by JonH posted 2644 days ago 13002 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has anyone seen the sand flee? Its kind of a neat drum sander. They have a video on their website. http://www.rjrstudios.com/ I have also seen a very similar kit for sale that allows you to build your own drum sander that is identical to the sand flee. It is here. http://www.stockroomsupply.com/ Both sites have nice video, and they both seem to operate the same way with hook and loop paper. They work by using the paper rising up off the drum through centrifugal force. I like this idea because the drum doesn’t have to do the work. Does anyone have any thoughts on these machines? These site’s have pretty convincing video. I have nothing to do with these companies, I’m looking to get a drum sander this spring sometime and these look pretty good. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Jon



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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 2643 days ago

Thanks for sharing. I have never seen this before. It is kind of a jointer with sandpaper.

It seems a bit pricey for what it does. I think a would rather have a sander that is able to establish parallel faces. Interesting concept though.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Karson

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#2 posted 2643 days ago

A friend of mine has one and he swears by it. He also has a thickness sander and a thickness planer. They each gave a purpose. The sand-flee is nice if you are sanding small items and you put three grits on the drum.

You can sand from course to medium to find without ever turning off the machine.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 2643 days ago

It sounds like something a small-project woodworker (anything under 18” in width) would get a ton of use from.

And I love the idea of sanding without putting a ton of dust into the air. I would probably still use a dust mask with it, and I’d most definitely run my air filtering unit, too, just to pick up the finest particles.

Boy, that price is a little “impulse prohibitive”, though…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Karson

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#4 posted 2643 days ago

I hadn’t looked at the price on the web. My friend bought one at the woodworkers shop. The owner lives or lived in New Jersey and that where my friend and I liked. But I think the price less than 300 when he bought his. I know that the sand-flee has gone through a couple of different versions. The original drum was made in Canada and he has all sorts of problems with them.

They were off center and didn’t track right. In fact I think the inventor was from Canada because a another vendor was showing the product first, because he also was from Canada and he brought them to the woodshows.

It’s nice but I don’t know if its worth over 6 “C” notes.

The kit price would be a better buy. And I notice its Canadian made so it might be the original inventor getting back into the action.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lashing

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#5 posted 1351 days ago

Check out my review here on Lumberjocks. Not a good experience.

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