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Posted on Help: drum sander makers & wood working engineers

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Danpaddles

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#1 posted 879 days ago

Performax used to make one. I recall using one, someone else had set it up. It was a big honkin machine.

The design issues that will come up making any drum sander without a full machine shop to back you, would be somewhat daunting. I know some guys have made some pretty fancy machines in their home shops. A big drum sander would certainly be a challenge to anyone.

Adding a second drum, in my opinion, would increase the difficulty exponentially.

BTW- every performax type sander I’ve seen uses a DC controlled feed, the belts are usually large sandpaper (not doing any actual sanding on the bottom side- just for traction).

This would also not be a cheap thing to build, that feed system will cost you, no matter how much you build yourself. Unless you just go for manual feed. And dust collection is pretty much required.

IIRC, someone made plans to mount a large sanding drum to a RAS. That might be a worthwhile addition to your planning notes.

Let us know what you decide!

-- Dan V. in Indy


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