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I’ve used wide belt sanders but the homemade ones don’t seem to have feed systems and I can’t figure out why they don’t throw the parts like a pitching machine. Anyone have experience? I’d like to build one if they work good.

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#1 posted 953 days ago

Tension from the pinch and feed rollers keep the stock in the machine.

Rick

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#2 posted 953 days ago

Rick That’s how the factory made ones work but the ones on here only seem to have the sanding drum. It may work just by holding it. I would like a small one to use and save my fingertips sometimes.

-- Jeff,

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#3 posted 953 days ago

Are you talking about a sander like a sand flea? If so they will “shoot” the material out if you set the drum too high.
You only set them to where a board will just barely move on it’s own, then you hold the piece and move it over the drum. These are made for very light passes and not a lot of material removal.

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#4 posted 953 days ago

Don’t know what a sand flea is. I was talking about the Sanders you feed like a planer.

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#5 posted 953 days ago

On a new Grizzly 12” I just bought the bottom of the drum spins toward the thicker wood. So even if it did kick it wouldn’t grab because the wood has done been sanded away. If the bottom of the drum moved away from the thicker material then it probably would launch the board b/c it could grab down the remainder of the board. I think that you also would have to take a massive bite to get that kind of force.

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#6 posted 953 days ago

Jeff,

I looked at this and wondered the same thing,

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57158

you would imagine without anything to hold the piece it would either come shooting back out at you, or go flying through a window out the other side. Obviously it doesn’t, maybe there’s just enough friction on the base plate to allow the operator to push it through without the drum spitting it out.

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#7 posted 952 days ago

I believe you would need some power feeders or something to keep the stock running through because if you stop, even for a micro-second you’ve dug out a place in the work. With all that would be involved in building a homemade drum sander I believe I would find a used one somewhere.

I battled with my Delta 18-36 drum sanded for a while before I got it to operate as it should. It is still a very weak machine to have a Delta label on it. A friend has a small Grizzly and loves it.

If you’re going to tackle building one please keep us posted on the progress.

Rick

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#8 posted 952 days ago

I also build a home build and I don’t find it that useful. I usally end up using my Makita hand held sander

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