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Loren

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#1 posted 651 days ago

You will be doing a lot of waiting for stock to
go through the sander. The process is slow
and the idea of flattening large panels with an
open ended drum sander is a joke, imo.

I know from experience. The more width of the
drum you use at a time, the lighter the cut you
must take and the arm will deflect in all but
the lightest cuts, causing a crown in the middle
of wide panels, but more importantly making
small parts inconsistent in thickness according to
where the final pass was made in relation to the
arm.

Also, plan to run most stock through at any
given thickness at least twice before going down
in thickness a tiny amount.

Tedious, to say the least.

Some people love these machines. I never even
liked mine but for thicknessing guitar parts it
is handy. I once sanded some oak door panels
with it and about died of boredom.

Maybe the SuperMax is better, but the inherent
limitations of a small diameter drum sander
make it no substitute for a planer or a wide
belt.

Some people have been pleased with the closed-end
double-drum sanders. At least twice as fast I would
expect.

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