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12-09-2009 07:46 AM

I am very happy as I just wrapped my 26” drum sander in hook and attached some loop backed paper. It worked perfect. I am so bummed I did not do this right at the beginning of owning this machine. It works so much better now with the h and l sand paper. I think the paper will stay on longer and might even last longer. I sanded a panel quicker and with no signs of loosing the paper, it was awesome.

Honestly, I had been having problems with keeping the sand paper on the drum. So far I have done two full kitchens with our new drum sander, the last kitchen featured 58 panels total and it turned out real nice. The sander sure flattened the doors nicely but I still struggled along with keeping the sand paper on.

I think the big difference (besides the fact I felt my right side clip did not hold paper very well) is that without the hook and loop, the paper is being pinched between the drum and wood which caused more stress on the paper and was sure to tear and wear out my paper quickly. It would very quickly get loose on the drum and after just a few passes I would hear a clicking sound (because the paper was loose) then I would have to stop and re load the drum to ensure the paper did not tear off completely on me. A major pain! But with the hook and loop, the paper raises off the drum so it is not being pinched between the drum and wood. Much less stress on the paper and thus it should be better and last longer. I put it through the paces for 30 minutes straight trying to push it some to see if I could get the paper to loosen or maybe rip and nothing happened except for nicely sanded panels being completed. It worked great and now I am anxious for my next 50 door kitchen job in the near future.

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 08:32 AM

I have been thinking about doing that for my Ryobi 16/32 sander. This is encouraging. Glad it worked out for you.

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 01:09 PM

sounds interesting…

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 01:46 AM

I have the same issue with my steel city drum sander. Is the hook paper self adhesive?, Where did you get it and what width is it.

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 02:22 AM

Wow Bruce, a world of difference it makes, the word that comes to mind is “incredible”. I am anxious to build my next set of doors now. I have only had this thing for about 3 months, bought used in ‘like new’ condition. The previous owner, I suspect, probably sold it because of having problems keeping the paper on.

What I have been doing: I was wrapping it tight as I can and using ‘gorrilla’ tape as extra holding power near the clips on both left and right side of drum. Not a great fix but worked some. I would sand the panel by just bumping the height adjustment about 1/12 of a turn per pass and pray I don’t begin hearing the loud ‘clicking’ sound that would get louder and louder before throwing the paper off.

I decided to wrap with hook (if this did not work it was going on CL). I bought the supplies from:

They sold me 3” hook that is sticky back. 3” is all it comes in. Then they sold me 3” h&l paper, one roll 80 grit and 120 grit. About 150.00 total roughly. The hook part goes on easy and bonds very strong to the drum with no issues that I can tell. Then wrapping with the h&l sandpaper was easy because unlike before the paper was staying right were I was putting it without having to keep tension on the paper. It made loading the paper much easier. I hooked the taper into the left side of the drum into the clip. Then I just wrapped it but I did not put the sandpaper into the holding clip on the right side of the drum (because the way the drum spins it was not neccessary, plus the h&l holds the paper very well).

Then the test, about 30 minutes of continual sanding. At first I set the height to just above the wood, so that the drum could be turned freely by hand without any friction on the wood. I then ran the sander and gradually raised the table til I heard the sanding sound. Then I sanded in the same manner for a while by just taking 1/12 of a turn. Realized doing this my paper was staying on very well I started to push it a little more aggressive by bumping the height adjustment to around 1/8th of a turn per pass. I ran the panel on both sides of the drum, made no difference, the sander worked excellent with no ‘clicking’ or loosening of the paper. I am now very excited.

A few closing thoughts, I regret I did not do this right at the beginning. I wonder why this is not at least an option offered by Steel city, I actually think the drums should come already wrapped in this H&L, my opinion. Grizzly offers this as an upgrade accessory package you can buy for their 24” drum sanders.

If you are like me, I would tend to hesitate spending 150.00 on anything I was not sure of. But don’t hesitate, I am sure you will not be disappointed. Let me know what you do how your experience is. One thing about the company I used, good product, no problem with quality, but I ordered on Monday and recieved the following Tuesday.


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#5 posted 12-11-2009 02:35 AM

Blake, I ordered the Grizzly H5037 hook and loop conversion kit for my homemade drum sander. It came with two rolls of hook material which is about 6” wide, and two different grits of loop paper around 3-1/2” wide. This kit is made for the 24” dual drum sander (G1066R) and cost only $24.99 from Grizzly. Check it out on page 154 of the 2009 cataloge. GOD BLESS

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 02:43 PM

Thanks Jerry, I’ll try to find a Canadian supplier so the freight & duty don’t kill me. I’ll let you lnoe how it works out. Bruce

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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