Radial arm saw and drum sander

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Forum topic by Jimper posted 11-12-2011 03:09 PM 4319 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2011 03:09 PM

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Is there any reason I should not try to remobe the saw blade from my radial arm saw and trt to mount a drum sander on it.? Van this be done?. What would be the best type if so?

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 04:14 PM

Biggest reason I would say no is that the arbor on a saw spins too fast for a drum sander. Most RAS spin at around 5000 rpm and a drum sander would be better around 300 or so.

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 04:23 PM

Actually, some older radial arm saws made by Dewalt and Craftsman had an optional drum sander attachment. They could be used for all sorts of things! See if you can find some photos on google and maybe you can rig something up.

I always wanter to do an overhead router on mine (another popular adapter they offered way back when) but I fail to see the benefit over a dado blade or a router table.

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