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09-12-2015 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dds225 powermatic drum sander conveyor belt

Are there any DDS225 drum sander owners out there? I have a question concerning the table parallelism.

I’ve owned mine for over 11 years. From day 1, I had slight issues with conveyor drifting to the side (always to the side of the controls). Regardless of tension adjustment, it eventually drifted far enough that I had to stop, loosen and pull back to the other side. I called tech support, but got nothing more than the instructions that I had already read. This wasn’t a huge pain, because I really wasn’t using the sander much at the time. This past week I decided to have another go at tech support. I thought that maybe there was some table hardware adjustment that I could make to resolve the issue. I called and talked to Bobby at JPW Industries in TN. I put him through the painful explanation that you are reading, and he told me he would send me a new conveyor belt. The unit was past warranty and I’d have to install, but it would be a freebee. How can you beat that for customer service! I called Bobby on Tuesday and received the belt yesterday. Removed the old belt and installed new one this morning. Tracking issue has vanished! Apparently I had a bad belt to start with.

Since I had it apart, I thought I’d make sure the table parallelism is set. My question to other owners (that may have adjusted theirs) is how do they adjust the front to back drums? Since the rear drum has a fractional setting for depth, should both drums be set parallel with the rear drum setting at “0”, or “3”, or ??? I would think the rear drum should be a slight bit higher at the “0” setting, so if you decided to only use the front drum you could eliminate contact to rear. The manual is very vague on the adjustment, or at least how you are measuring that adjustment. Advice would be appreciated.


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