|Review by KevinD||posted 03-01-2008 08:12 PM||13886 views||1 time favorited||25 comments|
Specs (from the manual):
Max Width – 20” (2 passes)
Min. Length – 2 1/4”
Max Thickness – 3”
Min thickness – 1/32”
Drum – 5” X 10” Extruded Aluminum
Drum Speed – 1700 RPM
Dust chute – 4”
Conveyor Motor – 43 in-lb. Torque, Direct Drive DC
Conveyor Feed Rate – 0 – 12 FPM Infinately Variable
Motor (TEFC) – 1HP, 1Ph, 115V only
Net Weight – 96 lbs.
I purchased one of these a week ago. First thing I’ll say is that this thing was a LOT heavier than I had anticipated. Putting it together was a breeze, basically all that you have to do is install the drum height adjustment handle. It comes equipped with a very coarse grit sandpaper (36 or 60 grit, I’m not quite sure which). Set-up took a little bit of time. I’ve read several reviews about “problems” with the tracking. It took me about 20 minutes to adjust the tracking but the conveyor now tracks perfectly. For test purposes, I ran about 10 bd. ft. of maple through it as it’s a hard wood and I figured I’d give it a challenge right off the bat. I initially stalled the drum several times running the wood through it. Basically I was either feeding it too fast or taking too deep of a pass. Once I learned the proper feed rate and depth it performed flawlessly.
So, my initial impressions give it 4 stars.
Minuses: The tracking is somewhat tricky to get right which is about the only negative I have to say about it.
Pluses: I really like the fact that the feed conveyor has its own motor, the infinitely variable speed for feed will come in immensely handy and the machine is very solidly built. The drum is driven by a 1 HP motor which easily sanded maple with the coarse grit. I was able to tweak the thickness of my wood by 1/64” and it perfectly flattened the boards removing the snipe from my planer. I found zero snipe from the machine as set up by the factory. This will save me a lot of lumber in that in the past I just allowed for an extra 6” or wood as scrap due to planer snipe. I will no longer have to worry about that.
Summary- I can easily see this becoming a workhorse in the shop. I ordered some 120 and 180 grit sandpaper from Amazon as they had those on sale so I’ll have more to add about the ease (or lack thereof) of changing sanding grits. At this point, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this sander to anyone in the market for a benchtop sized drum sander.