|Review by GaryK||posted 01-23-2008 06:45 AM||18404 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
This is from the Manufacturer:
The Performax Plus Drum Sander Features an exclusive SandSmart controlled, infinite variable feed rate from 0 to 10 feet per minute for superior finishes with no overloading. Patented, abrasive take-up fasteners mean quick paper changes while a TEFC motor prevents dust infiltration. A continuous-duty design allows heavier use for longer periods. A precision-flattened, reinforced steel conveyor bed with a no-give power feed conveyor belt offers consistently smooth feeds. The drum height and downward pressure are adjustable to eliminate snipe. The Mini sander also Features a self-cooling, machine-balanced, 5-inch by 10-inch extruded aluminum drum with zinc-plated steel tension rollers mounted next to it. An easy-to-use cast iron, height adjustment, hand wheel allows both radical height changes and minute adjustments to 1/16-inch for precise stock removal. A safety power switch with overload protection on the front of the base protects the operator from accidental starts. Operating at 1,700 RPM, the drum also Features a sealed ball bearing for permanent lubrication and smoother sanding.
SandSmart conveyor control for load control
4” dust port for easy collection
1 3/4hp motor for fast removal of stock
Precision-flattened reinforced steel conveyor bed for smooth feeds
Minimal assembly required for easy setup
Max. Width: 44 in.(Two passes)
Min. Length: 2-1/4 in.
Max. Thickness: 4 in.
Min. Thickness: 1/32 in.
Drum Dimensions (dia. x L/in.): 5×22 in.
Drum Speed: 1,700 rpm
Dust Port Dia.: 4 in.
Conveyor Motor: 43 in./lbs. Torque; Direct Drive, DC
Conveyor Variable Feed Rate (FPM): 0 to 10
Motor (TEFC): 1-3/4HP, 1PH, 115V
Net Wt. Benchtop only (lbs.): 282 lbs.
Minimum of 400 CFM dust collection recommended
20 Amp service required
I bought this about 3 years ago, and have never looked back.
Getting the drum parallel to the table during setup can take a little trial and error, but once done
I have never have to adjust it again.
Getting a raised panel and it’s frame the same thickness has never been easier.
When resawing your own veneer this makes it a breeze to sand to a consistant thickness.
Works great on uneven glue-ups. I usually plane things thicker than needed, glue it up and
then run it through the sander to final thickness.
I use it on almost every project.
I didn’t get the infeed/outfeed tables as shown in the picture but I did get the stand. Add some
nice big wheels and it rolls around great. This thing is HEAVY. Over 200 pounds so unless you plan
on not moving it get some wheels.
Save some money and get the sandpaper in bulk rolls. You will go through a bit while you are getting
the hang of what you can and can’t do with it. You are protected against feeding too fast because
the infeed controller will slow down if you try taking too much material off.
You will also want to get one of those belt cleaning things that look like a big eraser. It makes your
paper last a lot longer. Dust collector is a must. This thing make a lot of dust fast.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX