|Review by Rick||posted 12-22-2009 08:29 PM||4077 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
I love this drum sander. I use it every time I dimension pieces for a project. I used to go to my ridgid 12 inch planer every time, and I still do if more needs to be taken off. But I prefer the finish the drum sander puts on my pieces before I start cutting them up for whatever I’m making. If you do a lot of inlay this is a must have machine. You can sand a piece down to 1/32 inch with this one. I usually only go to 1/16 or just past that for my inlay. Then I cut the strips to width on the table saw.
I bought the aluminum extensions for it but I don’t have them on and I don’t really need them on. First of all I don’t have the room in my shop to have the extensions on (I have a small shop). Second, I like to do faily small projects that don’t require long boards.
I have an old jet dust collector hooked up when I’m using it. The shape of the hood on the sander allows it to collect nearly everything. Very happy with that.
It is a little difficult to get the sanding drum perfectly parallel with the conveyor surface. I finally figured out an easy way though and you’ll want to do this too. Use your wixey digital angle gauge (or another like it).
Put the angle gauge on the conveyor surface and zero it. Then set it on the top of the drum and tighten the bolts down when the gauge reads zero. There’s still a little trial and error in there but it’s as fool proof as this setup can get.
The only part of the tool that gave me problems was the conveyor belt alignment. It took me forever to get the belt to track properly. I don’t have any tips for that. Just keep messing with it.
Oh, it’s also very easy to remove sand paper and put a different one on.
UPDATE: had to add one of the most important reasons I love the drum sander. Thanks to Charles for reminding me with his article. NO TEAROUT while dimensioning thickness like with the planer. Not on the most notorious tearout wood in the world, cause it’s a sander.