|Forum topic by Stargazer||posted 05-14-2010 03:27 PM||4364 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-14-2010 03:27 PM
I bought one of these sanders after reading less than favorable reviews, but I figured if I took my time I could make it work. And it was the only one I could afford.
At first everything I tried to sand turned out to be a disaster. The conveyor would stall and ruin the piece, the paper would clog and burn the wood (delightful smell), and forget trying to run a piece wider than 18 inches. I couldn’t believe Delta put out something like this.
The more I’ve used this sander the more familar I’ve become with it, learning it’s little quirks and what it can and can’t do. I can now turn out some good work with it albeit a very slow machine.
I spent some time leveling and adjusting the table, had to bypass the conveyor motor reset switch after I finally wore it out and now it seems to do OK on wider panels. The key is low and slow when sanding wide work.
As for the wood burning problem, I figured out that the hollow sanding drum will eventually become loaded with dust. This dust acts like an insulator and does not allow the drum to cool properly, thus burning the wood and ruining an expensive piece of sandpaper. So now I frequently shut the sander down and blow the dust out of the drum and haven’t burnt a piece since.
I still would not recommend it for a production shop, just too slow. I am now eyeing a 26” Shop Fox dual drum sander, about $2K. I’m saving up for one now, only $1999.00 to go.