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drum sander help

by Ub1chris
posted 01-16-2017 01:50 PM

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 04:08 PM

A used contractor table saw could be an inexpensive source for a donor motor….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 06:34 PM

hmm..hadn’t thought of that. Seems so obvious now. Too bad everyone in my area thinks old saws are worth more than they were new. Something to look out for though.

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#3 posted 01-16-2017 06:36 PM

Find a used treadmill. Variable speed DC motor, typically 1.5-2.5HP, speed controller, power supply, rollers already in bearing blocks, and a ton of other goodies. You can find them everywhere really cheap or free.


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#4 posted 01-16-2017 07:30 PM

The type of steel rod you use isn’t going to matter much, it’s not like you are going to be putting so much load on it that you will break it. Id either go with cold rolled or some 4130 alloy steel, both of those should be pretty reasonable.

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#5 posted 01-16-2017 07:45 PM

Get the woodsmith/shopnotes plans. They are designed to run off a table saw but you could use a dedicated motor.

Also +1 on treadmill motor. The older the treadmill the better. Some of the newer ones don’t have a discreet controller board.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 01-16-2017 07:55 PM

yes, I have the ShopNotes issue with the plans. I’ve read it about a dozen times in the last week. Still looking for a treadmill, my problem is I don’t know a lot about speed controller, power supply, or anything else I’d find inside a typical treadmill, but if one comes up, I’ll be there, and see what I can do.

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