Well, I’ve had some time to use my new tool acquisition and have discovered a few things (I’m sometimes a SLOW learner). My performax is of the older vintage and has a 2.5” exhaust port with a 4” adapter so I connected it to my Oneida cyclone system and went to work. BAD IDEA….....The Oneida system is a GREAT system but, cleaning the internal filter is not the easiest thing to do. SO, after using the sander for a relative short period I noticed that the suction was lacking and cleaned the filter. While cleaning the filter I had an epiphany, DUH, use the shop vac. MUCH easier to clean the filter…...Now I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my Grizzly 4 bag dust collector when I upgraded to the Oneida. With the bag type all I would have had to do was shake the bag and I’d be good to go. Oh well.
The quality of my cutting boards has improved greatly irt post glue sanding. My cutting boards are mainly made of South American hardwoods and after a few passes the planer knives don’t cut like a hot knife thru butter anymore so I start getting small areas of rip out on some wood species. VOILA, Performax (drum sander) to the rescue and the nasty rip outs disappear and you have a beautiful board. I also use it to clean up my cut edges prior to gluing (hopefully better glue joints).
This is the starting of the HEAVY Holiday Bazaar season so I haven’t had the time to REALLY ensure that everthing tracks true so in Jan I am going to put the fine tune to the adjustments on the machine. This is one of those tools that I am not sure how I got along without it. The only reason I finally purchased one was I went to my son-in-law’s dad’s shop and we cleaned up 2 end grain and about 6 long grain boards and I was sold. Thanks Clay.
I am sure that many of you have already experienced some of my whoa’s and if not then hopefully you can eliminate them from your future and learn my mishaps.
Love to hear any additional thoughts and problems I might encounter.
Happy sanding (or chip and dust making).
-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington