|Forum topic by AandCstyle||posted 10-04-2015 12:36 PM||1142 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-04-2015 12:36 PM
I really don’t enjoy sanding. Before the neanders suggest an assortment of hand planes, I find those frustrating probably because their names are meaningless to me (4 1/4, 59 1/5, etc), I am not a great sharpener, I don’t have access to a skilled instructor and I don’t have the coin to get a complete set from the Lie-Neilsen catalog. haha
I have a Delta 18-36 drum sander and it works okay for end grain cutting boards, but doesn’t help at all if a panel is slightly bowed or cupped. So I started looking around and found the Flatmaster. I read the reviews and watched a half dozen videos and it seems like it would be a great addition to any shop that burns electrons.
This made me wonder: If they’re so great, why doesn’t everybody have one? Now, to the serious questions for those that actually have one. Do you use it? Would you buy one again? Can you sand panels wider than the width of the machine, e.g. can a 36” panel be effectively sanded with a 18” Flatmaster? What grits do you use and do you still need to use a ROS afterword. Are the fences worth the extra $250-300? Is a 1/2 hp motor adequate or do you wish you had gone with 3/4? What is the size of the dust collection port? Would it replace the drum sander or be another addition to the shop? What else do I need to know?
Thanks for any assistance and my apologies to the hand tool folks. :)