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Forum topic by shadpeters posted 10-18-2017 12:42 AM 279 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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shadpeters

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10-18-2017 12:42 AM

I’ve not been able to find any info on this subject so I thought I’d ask the interwebs.

do you have a preference for running a drum sander with or without hook and loop paper? I have run both, and never really had a bit of trouble getting my paper to stay on without the aid of velcro. It seems to me like they cut better without the hook and loop.

background: I have had five different drum sanders, a ryobi open end (garbage) a grizzly 24” dual drum, an ultrasand dual drum, and currently a shop fox 26” dual drum, and a woodmaster 38” single drum. The grizzly and ultrasand both had solid drums without the stikit velcrow stuff. the woodmaster and shopfox both have the velcro.

It seems to me that the sanders running a solid drum seem to do much better making heavy cuts with coarse paper than the Velcro equipped sanders do. has anyone else ever noticed this in practice?

my primary use for these sanders is for cleaning up thin stock that is rough sawn for guitar tops, running them through a planer is not an option becuase they are to thin, figured, and delicated for it. I just seems like my old 24” sanders were able to hog a lot more material.

for fine sanding I don’t mind the velcro backing, I think it makes a for a slightly better finish. but for my 38” sander I’ve been thinking I might take the hook and loop stuff off the drum once I run out of loop backed paper.


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#1 posted 10-18-2017 02:22 AM

What do you consider to be a “heavy cut”? As I understand, a drum sander should make a cut no deeper than the thickness of the grit on the paper. At least that would be the case for any power fed sander.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-18-2017 02:49 AM

I’m a little confused. If you have 2 working drum sanders why not use the 38” without the velcro for hogging and the dual drum with velcro for finer grits and quick changes?

My buddy that’s a luthier uses the CA glue and masking tape trick and sticks his tops to an MDF sled and puts them through a planer that he keeps super sharp then runs that same sled through the sander.

Makes sense that the hard drum would hog better as you said.

-- Andybb

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shadpeters

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#3 posted 10-18-2017 03:19 AM



What do you consider to be a “heavy cut”? As I understand, a drum sander should make a cut no deeper than the thickness of the grit on the paper. At least that would be the case for any power fed sander.

- sras

I’ve never adhered to any rule like that personally, I just take as heavy of a cut as I can without straining the machine to much, or burning the paper. That varies a great deal based on the material I am sanding, the feed rate I’m running at, and the width of the piece i’m running through.


I m a little confused. If you have 2 working drum sanders why not use the 38” without the velcro for hogging and the dual drum with velcro for finer grits and quick changes?

My buddy that s a luthier uses the CA glue and masking tape trick and sticks his tops to an MDF sled and puts them through a planer that he keeps super sharp then runs that same sled through the sander.

Makes sense that the hard drum would hog better as you said.

- Andybb

well I guess thats what I’m leaning towards doing. Currently I have the 38” setup with 60 grit for hogging, and then 100 and 180 on the dual drum. I’m just wondering if I would in fact get better results If I rip the velcro off. If it doesn’t help with the cut I hate to rip the stuff off since its not real cheap. its been a couple years since I’ve had a solid drum sander and I’m just wondering if its my memory playing tricks on me, or if it really did cut better.

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#4 posted 10-18-2017 04:23 AM

I m just wondering if I would in fact get better results If I rip the velcro off. If it doesn t help with the cut I hate to rip the stuff off since its not real cheap. its been a couple years since I ve had a solid drum sander and I m just wondering if its my memory playing tricks on me, or if it really did cut better.

- shadpeters

Well, I guess there’s only one way to find out. :-)

-- Andybb

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