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Forum topic by CodyKauz posted 09-16-2017 03:55 AM 269 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CodyKauz

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09-16-2017 03:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

I recently purchased a used performax 22-44 drum sander. I made sure the bed moved freely while inspecting it but I didn’t notice until I got home that the bed won’t travel beyond within about an inch of the drum and the ruler at the this point serves no purpose. The only info I can find is how to adjust the drum for parallel to the bed so any info would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 09-16-2017 01:22 PM

I suggest finding the manual on line. I’ve got the Jet version that was dual branded.
You might make sure nothing is blocking the downward travel of the drum. Next I’d make sure everything was lubricated per the manual. The third place to look would be to make sure the bolts that hold the drum to the travel rails aren’t too tight. You shouldn’t get flex from the drum but it should still be able to move. Good luck.

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#2 posted 09-16-2017 02:44 PM

I had the same problem. turns out the motor was contacting my table saw out feed table as I lowered the drum. Fix was simple, just pull the sander away from the saw a few inches 8^)

If the sander was used extensively for 1” and greater thicknesses, the threads could be buggered below 1”. May require some detailed inspection.

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#3 posted 09-16-2017 06:30 PM

My table moves up and down, not the drum and I know it’s not hitting anything. I have a sun gear that moves freely so I know it’s not just a worn spot of threads.

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 02:52 PM

Sorry, I had forgotten that the larger Performax sanders were completely different beasts then what I’ve been using (16/32). I wasn’t thinking of the “Pro” model. Yours is the single column type?

Without more info (pictures, etc.) I can only guess (don’t we all 8^). Usually tools that adjust like this have mechanical stops that keep a minimal gap between the drum/cutter heads and the bed (thinking of a planer here).

It could be that you are hitting that stop and the drum head needs to be adjusted down if possible. In the past I have moved cutter heads up to they limit to get another inch or so of workpiece capacity. This made working on thin workpieces impossible until I adjusted the head back down. Given your statement about the ruler makes me think the head needs to be set down further if possible.

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 09:29 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the info. I was able to remedy the problem. The top stop collet that retains the ruler was set top low and the previous owner had ran the bottom stop up so tight that the thumb screws had wedged against each other and bent. Two new thumb screws and proper setup was all it took. I was a little thrown by the rudimentary height gauge and read out I think as well.

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