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Forum topic by grub32 posted 12-31-2010 06:51 PM 1645 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-31-2010 06:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drum sander

First of all….Major tool Gloat…I got the Performax 10-20 off of craigslist last week for 300 with some sandpaper. No picture available at this time

My problem is that I was running some Cherry through it last night and I saw a red burn through the middle of a piece of that was run through there. I took off the paper and this is what I found.

Sandpaper Burn

Anybody know what may have caused this?? Is it glue or something? I am new to the world of drum sanders and I am a bit frustrated.

Thanks in advance,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 06:59 PM

Grub, the cherry burns so easily in the drum sander. In my 10/20, I have to slow it down and take less off with both cherry and maple. Believe me, it’s a learning curve, but you’ll find the happy medium. Sometimes, one of the sandpaper crepe blocks will remove the pith burn from your sandpaper, sometimes not.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 07:01 PM

Grub—Just a WAG, but this looks like pitch build-up. I have never seen this on my drum sander, but I have seen it on my belt sanders … especially when I have been sanding pine.

My advice would be pitch (no pun intended) this sandpaper and install a fresh strip. I have heard that some guys clean their belts with mineral spirits and one of those pitch remover blocks you can get at the big box, but I have never tried that.

I think the reason I have never seen this on my drum sander is I use Klingspor non-loading sandpaper.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 07:03 PM

Good score on your sander…I’m jealous <grin>

It could be glue, or resin/Sap that melted onto the paper.
Anything like that will cause problems.

The drum is rotating at such a high speed, and applying pressure to the wood, so any impurity is going to cause you problems.

I would say you only have two options:
Either clean it off, or replace the paper.

Enjoy your sander.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 07:22 PM

This happens occasionally with drum sanders. I have a 16-32 and it happens on mine every once in a while. Something gets between the wood and the paper and you get a glazed over line that starts burning the wood. You can usually remove it by scraping the burn line on the paper with a knife or razor blade.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 01:59 AM

Thanks guys, I think I am getting it figured out.

I appreciate all your help,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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