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Blog entry by RTV posted 04-19-2017 06:29 PM 417 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife bought me a Jet 16/32 Drum Sander and I was wondering if any of you Woodjocks happen to have found out a process making replacing the sandpaper less complex. I bought myself 4 rolls of 220 grit, 7 rolls of 100 grit, and 4 rolls of 60 grit. The sander comes with 80 grit installed. I appreciate any help.

-- Ray Vanderpool



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Alan72

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#1 posted 04-20-2017 03:48 AM

I understand where your coming from. I wasted 3 rolls of paper the first time I changed it out. I found You Tube to be a great help with the videos people changing the rolls. One Tip I can give you, when you first change your paper let your Drum Sander run for a couple of minutes, stop and tighten up the sandpaper. SInce I’ve been doing this I haven’t ripped any of the rolls in a long time. I always lower the drum 1/8th of a turn when running stock through. I hoped this helped.

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RTV

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#2 posted 04-20-2017 12:59 PM

Thanks Alan77


I understand where your coming from. I wasted 3 rolls of paper the first time I changed it out. I found You Tube to be a great help with the videos people changing the rolls. One Tip I can give you, when you first change your paper let your Drum Sander run for a couple of minutes, stop and tighten up the sandpaper. SInce I ve been doing this I haven t ripped any of the rolls in a long time. I always lower the drum 1/8th of a turn when running stock through. I hoped this helped.

- Alan72

Thanks for the tips I found out real quick with 1/8 turn kicked a breaker LOL

-- Ray Vanderpool

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Roger

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 12:58 PM

I’ll offer another tip for any drum sander, (in my opinion), is take very light passes, and I will make at least 4 passes through the sander before I re-adjust the drum. I turn the work piece every direction and flip it. That covers the 4 pass method. Plus, by doing this, I get a very nice, even finish from front to back and on each side. I do use a entry & exit “follower” board. I do this running through the grits. I usually stop on 220, depending on the project. This will eliminate any snipe that may occur. Just my 2-cents.

Oh, one more that pops in my mind: I always cut my work pieces 1/16-3/16ths larger, then run them through the grits to get to the final thickness. 2 more cents of mine.. lol

Ok, another tip: I keep a low speed fan running on the conveyor motor while sanding, and always feel the motor if I’m doing a lot of sanding. It will get hot, and shut down, and trip the breaker, which will yield you a nice groove in your work piece. (learned this from experience)

Ok, all this 2-cents comes up to 6 cents if my math is correct….. hahaha

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 01:23 PM

Roger has some good tips, the leader board is a great trick to eliminate snipe from the out feed roller. I usually keep the tension on this roller very low to mitigate this effect.

You will get proficient with the paper changes after time. Takes less then a minute.

Avoid large “bites” and keep your paper clean with a belt scrubber stick for a longer service life.

It’s an invaluable tool in my shop, used on every project.

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Roger

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 03:54 PM

splintergroup: Gr8 additional tips

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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RTV

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#6 posted 04-24-2017 01:29 PM



I ll offer another tip for any drum sander, (in my opinion), is take very light passes, and I will make at least 4 passes through the sander before I re-adjust the drum. I turn the work piece every direction and flip it. That covers the 4 pass method. Plus, by doing this, I get a very nice, even finish from front to back and on each side. I do use a entry & exit “follower” board. I do this running through the grits. I usually stop on 220, depending on the project. This will eliminate any snipe that may occur. Just my 2-cents.

Oh, one more that pops in my mind: I always cut my work pieces 1/16-3/16ths larger, then run them through the grits to get to the final thickness. 2 more cents of mine.. lol

Ok, another tip: I keep a low speed fan running on the conveyor motor while sanding, and always feel the motor if I m doing a lot of sanding. It will get hot, and shut down, and trip the breaker, which will yield you a nice groove in your work piece. (learned this from experience)

Ok, all this 2-cents comes up to 6 cents if my math is correct….. hahaha

- Roger

Thank you for the great tips it will help me a lot with my projects.

-- Ray Vanderpool

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