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Forum topic by Pete_LJ posted 06-30-2017 09:58 PM 1987 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pete_LJ

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06-30-2017 09:58 PM

Hi there:

I have been itching for a drum sande. Today I found one on CL (not too far away). Seller purchased the unfinished drum sander at an estate sale. According to CL seller, all this sander needs is a belt and motor (I doubt that it is that simple). I am posting snips of CL ad and the link.

Please let me know your thoughts whether it is worth dragging this home and getting it going.

Link to CL ad: https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/6171166808.html


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-30-2017 10:09 PM

You’re going to need a 3-5hp motor to drive
the thing.

It’s probably from a Kuster dum sander kit, sold
in the 1980s.

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#2 posted 06-30-2017 10:28 PM

Yes! Buy it. It’s nice and wide and looks sturdy. You’ll want to build a dust hood for it. You also may want to watch the vid I posted on youtube for a safety feature for these unless you want to add a conveyor belt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwT4PKaJLT0 . Mine works fine with the 1 1/2 hp motor I have unless you plan on sanding slabs with rough grit. You’ll want to look at the rpms of the motor and adjust your pulleys so the drum spins @ around 1800 rpm.

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#3 posted 06-30-2017 10:45 PM

No…I would not buy it. But that’s just me.

I have been building one for awhile and they are tricky getting everything aligned. The frame does not look very solid and many parts are pretty rusty.

If you do buy it, expect to spend a lot of time getting it to work properly. Can it be done…yes. Is it worth the effort..you will have to decide for yourself.

I built one using my Shopsmith and it worked OK. I decided to just use it as a V-sander and not thickness sander. I spent a lot of time and effort and learned a lot. If I want a thickness sander, I will buy one.

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#4 posted 06-30-2017 11:32 PM

As Redoak said it has some rust but the bearings, if rusty internally are easily replaced. The frame looks solid to me, but….that’s just me. Plus it’s already got a conveyor mechanism.

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#5 posted 07-01-2017 12:15 AM

What about this?

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/6199543072.html

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#6 posted 07-01-2017 12:17 AM



What about this?

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/6199543072.html

- Ripper70


Even better!

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#7 posted 07-01-2017 02:48 AM

Grab the 16-32! Great price! The feed belt will cost $50 plus but still a deal. I have put many miles on mine.

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#8 posted 07-01-2017 01:24 PM

That is very similar to one I built in the early 80’s from scratch. I didn’t know there was a kit of that type made and bought some plans from an ad in ‘Mother Earth’ when it was a good magazine for DIY’s. I had all issues from the first to the last at that time.

I still have the plans for the build somewhere and I even have the sander in a garage at my rental along with a very large motor taken out of an old theater we bought while in Blairsville GA. It still works but I have no room for it.

I let a friend in GA use it to do all of his trim and cabinet work in a large house he built. Made him happy! It does not have a belt feed; you just push the material through with a push stick at your own speed.

Cost was very little and I used bicycle parts for the chain and sprockets. The drum is home made also and sanded level to the moving table so that it matches perfectly. It was fun building and I think I had about $25 in it total at that time but I had the motor at no cost.

I would build my own before buying one that has no motor or belt as this one needs but that is me. The ready to go one listed is much more appealing in my opinion. larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#9 posted 07-01-2017 07:02 PM



What about this?

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/tls/6199543072.html

- Ripper70

if you dont snatch this up, you suck in a bad way.
if you snatch this up, you suck in a good way. :)

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#10 posted 07-02-2017 01:55 AM

I am surprised that is still there….

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#11 posted 07-02-2017 06:14 PM

Thanks for all the help here. I texted the guy with the 16-32 sander but I have not heard back from him yet. Just got the text and the 16-32 is sold.

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Loren

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#12 posted 07-02-2017 06:37 PM

Well, keep your eyes open. Drum sanders
are kind of PITA tool imo and I bet a lot of
people use them a few times and get
frustrated.

I have a Performax 22/44 that fits on a
radial arm saw column and I’ve always
found it frustrating to use due to flexing,
burning, torn paper, glazed paper,
and so forth. I had a Woodmaster
12” drum sander for awhile and it had
a much more powerful motor and I
found it did a reasonable job surfacing
wood.

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#13 posted 07-05-2017 06:30 PM

Still think the $200 one in Glenmore is a good deal. :-)

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