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#1 posted 11-08-2012 07:24 PM

I agree with everything Loren says above. In addition, I’d take even lighter passes than what you’re currently taking. Don’t go any more than 1/8-turn at a time, especially on something like end grain, or you’ll likely continue to burn the wood. You could go more aggressively on something like poplar with a really aggressive grit on the drum if you’re trying to remove a bit of wood, rather than simply flatten it. With that said, you are correct in stating it’s nothing like a surface planer. However, you’ll never run the risk of an exploding end grain piece either. It does take a little bit of trial and error to get things dialed in, but they work great, as long as you allow for extra time to use it.

If you don’t already have one of the big rubber erasers, go get one immediately and use it after every few passes. It’s worth the time to do that as it helps the machine and paper perform better, as well as helping to prevent burning from pitch/dust build-up.

My experience with drum sanders is based off of the 2-Performax 16-32 Plus’ that I have.. I have one of the older versions that’s a PITA to adjust the drum alignment, as well as one of the newer models that’s easier to adjustment. I don’t have the 2nd one set-up yet, and bought it because I got it for only $175 at an estate sale. I may end up keeping the newer one and selling off the older one and put that money towards something else.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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