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Forum topic by dean2336 posted 04-01-2011 04:28 AM 2478 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2011 04:28 AM

there is a delta model 31-250 drum sander (18-36) for sale is about 5 or 6 yrs. old.need some input if it is agood piece to buy.can’t find any pros and cons can someone help out

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 06:47 AM

I went through the same thing you’re going through trying to decide which sander to buy! I went with the Jet 16-32. What made up my mind was the Jet is adjusted by raising or lowering the drum. I’ve also talked with several people that own or owned the Delta and everyone of them said the delta was a love hate relationship and all except one said they wished they had gone with the Jet or Performax. It’s very difficult to set up auxiliary in-feed & out feed table because the bed moves and believe me unless your only going to sand small items you’re going to want aux tables. The Jet drum sander doesn’t show up in the classifieds or on craigs list very often. I really love mine and wouldn’t part with it.

A lot would depend on how much it’s being sold for and are there any extras, how many belts does it come with and what grits and what kind of shape they’re in. I also did a Google search and I found a lot of reviews and pros & cons for both the delta and the jet.

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 04:01 PM

+1 on the Jet. I have the 16-32 and it is great.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 07:51 PM

I also just want to say that regardless of what you get you will love having a drum sander.

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 05:23 AM

I have one and there is a problem with it burning the wood. Delta has no fix for the problem other than to say feed speed and grit used has alot to do with the problem. I am not the only one who has a problem with this machine.

At this point, IMO, it is junk and wish I had know enough to get a v drum sander from Sockroom supply.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 06:34 AM

I build guitars, so drum thicknessers are a useful tool for me. They
are incredibly useful for accurate dimensioning of thin guitar woods.

I also build cabinetry and furniture. For this, I very seldom use the
drum sander. I have tried and it is just too slow.

The wide widths of the drum sanders will fool you into thinking they
are great for final surfacing of wide panels. For very special work,
they may be… but for general work in hardwoods you’ll get gray
hair fussing with and waiting for the thing to sand your wood.

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