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Posted on 31-255X Delta X5 18" x 36" Drum Sander-Discontinued by Delta

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 03:53 AM

HATE IT WITH A PASSION…WORST TOOL I EVER SPENT MY MONEY ON ! If I wanted to make clapboards / beveled siding for a living , I have the perfect tool for the job !
1) Can not level the bed to save my soul despite following their instructions to a T and finally using my own ideas to make it work the best of all.
2) Can’t adjust the height smoothly with their 6” handwheel turning a 1/4” shaft that drives the plastic gears and 4 screws that raise and lower the bed….I swear that the shaft flexes from the torque. It either turns the gears too much or not at all.
3) Cheap cog belt to turn the gears…I’ve had it jump the teeth before.
4)The drive belt on the table slips alot unless you overtighten it which causes the tiny drive motor to stall out.
5) Have I mentioned Snipe yet ?
6) To think that I wasted a couple years of production runs waiting for them to debug the machine before buying it , and it still SUCKS !
7) Delta X5 …the UGO of drum sanders
8) If Delta reimbursed me for the time I’ve had to spend to make their machine operate reasonably well , I could afford to buy a nice Performax !!
9) I’m going to stop now before typing anything that women and children shouldn’t see on this site
10) Ron ,Thanks for letting me vent here….everytime I mention the issues with it to Woodcraft , they tell me that all of theirs work perfectly… one is having any issues….I do have to give them credit for replacing the first one that I got from them though . Stupid me , should have taken the hint and got my money back instead of taking the replacement machine !! : (
ps: I only use this for rough work and go back to my old but reliable Ryobi WDS1600 for finish sanding : )

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