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A Simple Fix for a Vexing Problem

01-27-2014 02:21 AM by Paul Stoops | 4 comments »

One of the most favorite tools in my shop is my Performax (Jet) 16-32 Plus drum sander. I use it on almost every project. However, this power tool has one characteristic that has proven to be a great vexation to me over the last 15 years – the tendency to trip the motor circuit breaker while sanding. This one part blog describes my journey to find a solution to this problem. The 1 1/2HP Jet drum sander drive motor has a thermal circuit breaker rated at 15 Amperes. Exceeding this limit for only a limited time can cause the breaker to trip, cutting the power to the drum motor. The load on the motor is a function of a number of factors, including the depth of cut, speed of the conveyor be...

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