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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 02-11-2016 10:41 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 10:41 PM

What is the difference between a drum sander and a wide belt sander?,does one do a better job?

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 10:50 PM

Drum sander has a single sanding drum covered with a long single strip of sand paper. Belt sanders have two drums, one driven, one idler. The loop of sand paper gives a flat surface to sand against. Spindle sander is like a small drum sander that uses cylnders of sand paper. Oscillating Spindle Sander is a spindle sander that automatically bounce up & dow. Random Orbit Sander has a perforated round pad moves in every direction but can easily beat a small project to death. Pad sander is same-same as the ROS except the pad is square. Detail / mouse sander is shaped like a small steam iron for getting into tiny corners. You really want ALL of the above!


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#2 posted 02-11-2016 10:51 PM

Yep they both sand, and sand well, put your finger on them and you will get a nail job for sure, mechanically usually the drum sander sandwichs the timber between the base, pressure rollers and the drum, and the material is machine fed, where as a wide belt sander is open on one side and the timber is sitting at 90 deg or whatever on a base and fed by hand.

Otherwise a Musician uses a Drum sander and a weight concious person uses a belt sander !! tee hee..

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 10:57 PM

The wide belt has a graphite platen that the sanding belt travels across as it presses against the wood.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 11:04 PM

A drum sander has paper wrapped around a drum they can be single or dual. Typically smaller machines under 24” wide.

A wide belt sander is a much larger machine used in large production shops typically with very large motors and multiple motors to drive platens and feed stock. They are anywhere from 36 to 60 inches wide. It takes a sanding belt instead of strips (think of a belt sander but 36” wide).

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