Drum Sander what kind of paper?

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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 05-28-2015 11:34 AM 980 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2015 11:34 AM

I have a few questions if you could address each one but not brag about your machine LOL??

1. Cloth, paper, felt backs? Diffs/preferences

2. Alum oxide, zirconia?

Its for a Grizzly dual drum sander.
One first drum is metal the second is covered with felt
I’ve always ordered the 6” rolls Grizzly recommends ( I believe Steelex).

3. Other brands use 3” wide rolls. Any advantage to switching?

4. I have a big problem with the belt loosening (mostly on the unlined drum I believe because of heat build up).

5. I’m thinking there might be a way to use hook and loop paper if I could line the drum with the “hook” part.
Any ideas about that?

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 01:33 PM

Grizzly makes a hook and loop conversion for their drum sanders. I have the duel 24” z series and love it. It came with the hook and loop drums. You can use any width paper you wish. Just figure the circumference of your drum, For instance a 6” drum is 18 7/8” lay a straight edge on the paper and cut from one side to the other in a straight line that is 18 7/8” this will give you the taper. Wrap the paper around the drum and mark the other end then do the same. after you have a template just lay the old paper on a new sheet and cut. I have used 6”, 4” and 3” paper. Have not noticed any difference in performance but the price will very.

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#3 posted 05-28-2015 02:17 PM

3” rolls plain cloth backed from Peachtree on my”*” drum sander. I cut the belts myself. Sorry about naming Peachtree and not the 16-32 sander but I’m not bragging about them, the sander, or me cutting my own belts; being the modest old guy that I am. LOL.

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#4 posted 05-28-2015 02:31 PM

Marvelous. Thanks for the info.

Just ordered some paper but I’ll definitely do the conversion after I’ve used up my paper!!

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#5 posted 05-28-2015 02:43 PM

I know quite a few people around here order from Industrial Abrasives.
They have a wide selection of everything abrasive. It is so much cheaper to buy a roll and cut your own paper. They will even sell you custom size rolls (which is what I did) at no extra charge. here is a link to a review I did here on Lumberjocks


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#6 posted 05-28-2015 04:18 PM

Ordered the H&L conversion kit and got some small rolls of AO and Zirc from Super Grits to try out.

What I’m trying to do is surface some figured white oak veneer I am cutting myself.

I find my biggest problem is heat build up in the drums, which loosens the paper.

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#7 posted 05-29-2015 12:32 AM

Aluminum oxide is the preferred abrasive for wood. The zirconium is used primarily for metal. I buy the 3” bulk rolls from Industrial Abrasives and cut my own (always have trouble getting the right tapers). I’m trying RRBOU’s method the next time!!!

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#8 posted 05-29-2015 08:51 PM

When I had my Jet 16/32, I bought rolls form Industrial Abrasives and cut my own.
I ordered a supermax 25” dual drum sander, due for delivery on Wednesday and ordered more rolls from IA for it.

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