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06-04-2010 05:16 PM

I posted a topic “tough tool day” and spoke about this on that topic. But specifically, does anyone have any experience with this 26” drum sander? Just yesterday my conveyor belt feed motor began to give out. It runs but it sort of sputters, like stop and start, and really appears to be struggling when the actual pressure of the drums begin touching the panel. So that issue pretty much renders the unit useless. I figure the motor should not cost me more then around $300.00 but it is a real bummer. Any suggestions from anyone is helpful.

Also, as a side note and something I am thinking about. After using this drum sander extensively, I have learned a lot. I love the hook and loop because I never have any issues with the sand paper flying off of the drum. But I do believe the 3 hp is undersized. From time to time the sander will stall out and then I will have to let the sander cool down for about 20 minutes before it will start back up again. Mostly when I run a table top like a 25” wide by 6’ piece through, about 2/3 of the way through the sanding the thing will stall out. I really feel a 5 hp will be much more beneficial. When I bought this sander, we were on a budget so I could not afford more then about 1200.00. My idea is to get the motor on this one fixed, which will make it a perfectly running sander still in like new condition with the upgraded hook and loop feature (which is awesome). Then sell it for around 1200.00 which I feel it is worth. Then put 800.00 with that money and buy myself a woodmaster 26” 5 hp. I actually wanted the woodmaster right from the start but again I could not afford it. Just an idea.

Any opinions are welcome,


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#1 posted 06-04-2010 05:20 PM

I had A 26” shop fox and it seemed to work fine .Sorry for your promlems

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 02:35 AM

I think my sander has to be comparable to the shop fox. I just think I worked the sander too hard taking panels from 13/16” to 1/2” or so. My current customer wanted raised panels but did not want the raised panel look on the back side of the door.

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