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Forum topic by patcollins posted 12-18-2010 07:11 PM 3115 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2010 07:11 PM

I have been using a sanding drum on my drill press but saw these and wondered if anyone ever used one and what you thought of it?


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#1 posted 12-18-2010 07:47 PM

I like it. Still must sand but great for hogging. The pattern follower is great!

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 08:43 PM

They work really nice. Cut really well and are aggressive.

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 09:40 PM

Very aggresive! I got the 1” version from Lee Valley over a year ago. Make sure you use some scrap wood to get a feel for how it works. Wrong speed for the hardness of wood and you do get chatter, so try a different speed setting if that happens. For the right use they are awesome. I have trouble getting the pattern follower to work as well as I thought it should, but that could have been me.

They say “Use as an alternative to coarse sandpaper” and that must mean #60 or #80 grit, because the surface does need sanding afterwards.

One other thing is that they are a great alternative to a router bit on wood where you have a problem with tear out. I’ve used it for sweeping curves that would have been a tear out looking to happen with a router bit.

Steve.

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