|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 11-12-2011 05:09 AM||5120 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-12-2011 05:09 AM
If you’ve read my blog (if you haven’t – you’ve not missed much!) I’m having trouble with being able to open the paper clamps without making my hands spasm. Someone suggested using hook and loop paper. I’ve been looking over the site and I found several discussions about hook and loop – but I’ve not found the answers to my questions. So fellow LJs here are some questions (and yes some of these questions are going to make you roll your eyes a bit – but please bear with me).
I have a Delta X5 36” drum sander. It’s a workhorse and has done a great job for about 10 years now and it’s still got a lot in its tank.
1) Does the paper come with the hook or the loop? In other words what adhesive backed material do I get to apply to the drum – hook or loop? (I’ve seen on some paper sites that I can buy hook paper or loop paper but does it matter which goes on the drum?)
2) Can I apply the velcro on to the drum in a straight line as opposed to diagonally as the paper goes on now?
3) I read a little about centrifugal force as an issue. I don’t get it. I would think that the force of the drum spinning at whatever rpm it’s going at would keep the paper solid against the drum – but from what I read that’s not the case.
4) One post alluded to still having to use the clamps with velcro paper – did I read that right? If so, that doesn’t really solve my problem of not being able to open the clamps to accept the paper.
5) How long can I expect the velcro covering on my drum to last? Is it effected by the heat? Will it take ten men and a boy to get it off the drum to replace it?
Okay guys and gals – let me know your thoughts. This is a pressing issue for me as I’ve got six cutting boards I’d like to get sanding and ready to go for Christmas gifts.
Thanks in advance.
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