Delta 18x36 drum sander

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Forum topic by Tyler Hicken posted 06-28-2016 05:00 PM 985 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyler Hicken

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06-28-2016 05:00 PM

This drum sander is for sale near me but I cannot tell what model it is. I was hoping someone here recognizes the model and can tell me a little about it and if $500 is a good price. Thanks!


-- Tyler Hicken - Herriman, Utah

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#1 posted 06-28-2016 05:17 PM

I owned one of these….for a week. As soon as I say this, someone will tell you about how they have one and it is wonderful…so nothing is absolute….but this sander is thought to be one of the worst designs ever. The issue is the table goes up and down as opposed to the head. The table does not stay planar…the one I had got stuck-wedged kind of. Luckily I bought it from an acquaintance and he took it back. I then bought a Supermax which was three times the price but has worked absolutely flawlessly. Delta also has extreme parts availability issues.

The current used price on these I see is between 400 and 500, so his price is not bad, but I would keep looking, and I would not buy a drum sander unless the head was the height adjusting part.
Just my .02
let’s see what others have to say…..

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 06-28-2016 06:11 PM

I can’t figure out the link, but I had one of the first ones (the problem models). I bought it second hand but unused. Mine did not have any issues, and I used it for for over 10 years before selling it. But most of the first ones (31-250) did. On the list: the paper fingers breaking, the belt not tracking, the little plastic gears that raise/lower the table kept breaking (and that may be related to) the drum not staying parallel to the table. There were other problems I’ve forgot, but bear in mind that parts are mostly not available for them anymore. The later models (31-255 and up) seemed to have the issues solved, at least there didn’t seem to be as many folks complaining about those. As for price, I sold mine in good shape for $350, and it looked like that was about average around me. If you can link the ad I’d be interested in looking at it….I probably would not be a buyer at $500, even if it’s a later model. There’s still that parts thing to consider.

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 06:12 PM

I bought the same drum sander here in Utah last fall for $400. It worked like a dream initially. A few months ago I had to replace the conveyor belt because it had a tear when I bought it that eventually grew too big to function. After I replaced the belt I started having the same problems Moke mentioned. It took a long time to get it set back up correctly so the table was parallel and the belt tracked correctly. After the hassle of tuning it up it has worked like a dream again since.

I have never used a Supermax but they seam to be of a better design. Having said that, I don’t regret buying mine at all. I might try to get the guy to come down on the price some, especially since you have a bit of a drive from Duchense. If you pursue it have him run it for you for a bit and make sure the belt is tracking correctly. If it is drifting make him take AT LEAST $50 off because you will spend that or more in the time it will take you to get it tracking correctly.

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 06:36 PM

Run like hell. I had one paid nearly a grand for it when brand new. They quit making parts its a 31-255x. I got sucked into the 5 year warantee. Challenge is the base has 4 independant lead screws that are kept in check with a rubber cogged belt. Challenge is if it jumps a cog at all (and it does at the drop of a hat) it will get out of alignment and its a pig to get realigned. I finally sold mine for 200 bucks

I’d wished I would have went for the design that the head adjusted to the platent like the performax(I think jet bought them).

Anyway go out and read the reviews on that before you buy.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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