I Converted !!

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 08-02-2010 04:28 AM 3460 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From one of my earlier blogs, you may know that I have a Grizzly 24” dual drum sander, an awesome Craigslist score. The original sander comes with felt on the drums an you roll the paper onto it. I have been doing this since I got the machine. I find the paper likes to wander then tear. I have even had assistance in getting the tensioner as tight as I possibly can, the paper still likes to roam.

Last May when I went to Grizzly tent sale, I ordered the hook and loop conversion kit for this drum sander.
Now the only reason the kit is for this model drum sander is because the hook cloth with sticky back and the loop sandpaper is precut to the angle and length to fit the drums. Technically it can be used on any drum 24” or less. The kit here comes with 2 lengths of hook 6” wide, 1 length of 80 grit, one length of 120 grit. The catalog doesn’t show a picture of it, it costs $27.95 which is a steal considering the cost of the hook cloth from the craft store.

So I finally had enough of the tensioned paper and decided to convert today.
The felt on the drums was a little beat up, and I was dreading getting it off. Decided to get out the acetone and soak down the felt. It worked great, not like peeling a banana, but it sure was easier then trying to scrape it off. The felt came off in one piece with a bit of adhesive left on the drum. More acetone and some elbow grease and the drums were spotless. Both drums took me about an hour.



Applying the hook paper was a bit tricky. The adhesive backing was beyond industrial. The second it touched the drum it was stuck, I had to readjust here and there as I was rolling, and it took a lot of pull to get it to let loose. Once both drums were set with new media, the sandpaper went on slick.

Tested her out with a 13” x 19” x 1 1/2” tight weave I made to order for a wedding gift. (Project post when it is oiled)
WOW ! this hook and loop stuff is awesome!! The machine runs quieter, the dust collection works better, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Wish I had done it sooner : (

If you are thinking of changing over….DO IT ! It is worth the time and the little bit of cash.
Did I say how happy I am ?

Thanks for letting me share,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 04:43 AM

good news there lisa ,
i been wondering about ,
this as i read some of the posts .

you just put paid to those questions for me .

for a minute there ,
i was worried ,
you were becoming a born again rabbit ,
i don’t think i’m ready for that talk yet , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 05:36 AM

I converted my Ryobi and I paid more than that for the conversion. I had to buy the sticky stuff and then the sandpaper.

Sounds like a great deal. Nice job.

I’ve posted a my conversion.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 11:51 AM

I am soooo jealous!!
If I could find that for my Performax, I’d do it in a heartbeat… after I use all that paper I bought!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 12:59 PM

You can use the Grizzly kit. Just cut it for what you need. There will be plenty for your 10/20. Extra is good.
The price is right !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 04:07 PM

Lisa, I have had that same sander for around 12 years now, it had the hook and loop already on it, I have had real good luck with it, I do have to use duct tape on the ends of the drums though, just to make sure the paper stays on.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 03:01 AM

Thanks for looking everyone !

Smitty- I used 1” strapping tape on the ends as well. The very point of the velcro and paper wouldn’t stay put. Better safe than sorry !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 04:14 PM

I have to rip the duct tape to 1”,so as not to take up too much of the drum, otherwise it slips and eventually comes off.

-- Smitty!!!

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Mary Anne

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 03:58 AM

That is one kick butt sander! I’ll bet the velcro makes it soooo much easier to change paper and keep in in place.
I can see a conversion in my future, too. But like Ellen, I have quite a bit of paper I have to go through first.

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 06:13 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy the materials for this conversion in or near St Louis? We have a Woodcraft, Rockler’s, Ace Hardware, Lowes, and Home Depot. I’d like to get this conversion done over the New Year’s holiday because one of the springs broke on my drum sander right in the middle of a project I’m trying to finish.



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#10 posted 12-31-2012 06:48 AM

Good Idea Lisa,nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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