V-Drum type or Thickness sander?

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Forum topic by BrianA posted 04-06-2016 08:37 PM 436 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2016 08:37 PM

A few years ago I built a sand flea type V drum sander. Works Well but I was wondering if I should have built a thickness sander instead. It does take a lot of passes over the top to get is smooth. It looks like it maybe easier and quicker to use the other style. Was wondering others opinion.



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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 04-07-2016 01:42 AM

I have had both. Both are very slow to get something sanded smooth. I still have the “V” sander but the drum sander I had died. I really do not miss it.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#2 posted 04-07-2016 01:48 AM

I have both. I use the 24 inch V drum sander I built with 120 grit after I do thickness sanding with 80 grit. The V drum sander is low power and has no way of regulating the uniformity of thickness but it works quite well as an intermediate or finish sander for broad surfaces.

Edit: My drum sander is a commercial unit. I would not attempt to build a thickness sander because I need more power and ruggedness than a home made unit can provide.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 04-07-2016 03:32 PM

My 24” “V” sander is used to flatten pieces for building thick blocks that will become band saw boxes.
Like Jim, I had a drum sander once. Mine was an open end type and I hated it. VERY hard to align and keep aligned. I sold it and good riddance.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 11:29 PM

Well Looks like opinion is heading toward not ripping apart the V drum and making a thickness sander?


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