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#1 posted 11-09-2012 12:44 AM

I have a SuperMax 36” Dual Drum sander and it does take some getting used to. At first I hated it. I burned paper,wood, increased my vocabulary….. The advise your being given is excellent. Do not think this will eliminate all of your sanding cause a drum sander will still leave scratches… The finer the paper the tendency to burn increases. Feed rate——-Grit Size———debth of pass all play hand in hand…. All woods as you know react differently…... Thus make notes on your wood,grit speed and over time you will remember it…..

I can’t see any reason to go past 120-150 grit myself if your going to stain and put a finish on it. If you like to stain at 150grit then stop on the drum sander at 120 and finish up by hand with 150. IMOP of course.

As it goes for dust collection, I have a 7200 cfm collector and several of the Jet canister dust collectors, on a 36” there are 2 dust ports. I have found no big difference between the 2, so of course I use the Jet vs watching the meter spin faster. My guess is yours needs at least 600 cfm as long as your there and a tad over that should be all you need. The SuperMax’s are a great mahine and I have had some customer service related issues and they handled them perfectly. If I had the money I would buy one of their Sanding Belt Machines but that is a whole different creature there… One can only dream…. Good Luck and let us know how your makin out…...

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