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Forum topic by Andrew posted 959 days ago 977 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andrew

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959 days ago

Someone local to me is selling a Delta 18” drum sander, model number 31-255X. I am hoping to get it for under $200, but not sure on that yet. He says it is in “very good” condition.

All call to delta told me that (based on its serial number) it was manufactured in 2005, so well beyond the 5-year warranty.

I’d use it (for now) for my end grain cutting boards.

Thoughts?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY


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#1 posted 959 days ago

I really like mine. Would be a steal at $200!

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#2 posted 958 days ago

Ask if you can come see it and bring a board to sand. Don’t wait too long as it might be sold fast at that price.

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#3 posted 958 days ago

I dont know if i can get it that cheap, but it’s possible. I will definitely ask to see it in action :) THanks!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#4 posted 958 days ago

Buy it. The drum sanders sold for home shops like the
Delta are aggravating tools to own to be sure, but that
has to do with two major factors and a host of minor ones.

1) The paper is wrapped around the drum and when it
gets loose, it tears and you have to replace it. The paper
also stretches in use and is hard to get wrapped real tight,
so loosening and tearing of paper is an inevitable aggravation
of using wide drum sanders.

2) Lots of fuss with the conveyor tracking.

For the open-enders:

3) Making the drum parallel is a pain and small passes are
a necessity with the cantilievered drum.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#5 posted 958 days ago

Loren – if it has all those problems, why buy it? :)

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#6 posted 958 days ago

They do something a planer can’t do and the next step up
is a wide belt for boucoup bucks or a stroke sander which
takes up a huge amount or space. Drum sanders fill a useful
purpose.

$200 is a bargain. You can play with it and resell it at no loss
at that price.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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