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Forum topic by Chasley posted 11-09-2017 01:36 AM 335 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2017 01:36 AM

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Hi. First post here. I’m helping the local HS shop teacher get some of his tools dialed in (a lot of their stuff is better than mine), and we’re having trouble with their drum sander. The machine is fairly new, but when sanding it suddenly shuts completely down in the middle of a pass. I assumed they were taking too big of bites, but I set it to take 1/64 and it would make a couple passes, but then do the shut down thing again. The Feed Logic light does come on, but the manual says in extreme cases it will stop the conveyor, not shut the whole machine down. Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-09-2017 02:27 AM

I have the 22/44. 1/64” is waaaaay to big a bite for that machine. You should looking at closer to 0.005” per pass with 60 or 80 grit. Less for finer grits.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#2 posted 11-09-2017 02:29 AM

I would call Powermatic tomorrow. They can probably diagnose and get parts to you in a snap.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 11-09-2017 04:08 AM

Probably a dirty auxiliary contact on the main contactor or starter. It will most likely be on the side of the contactor or starter. It holds the starter in the run position when you hit the start button.

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#4 posted 11-09-2017 06:39 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I’m going to recheck with much smaller bites, but the dirty contact sounds like it rings true. According to docs, with overload the conveyor should stop, but not shut the whole machine down. I’ll post solution if I find it.

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