Delta drum sander model 31255x should I buy it used

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05-11-2012 11:14 PM

Hi guys got a offer to buy a used delta drum sander today model number 31255x . Met a woman today selling this drum sander . Sander has very little use .Sander comes with mobile base and box of sand paper rolls to go with it woman is asking 500 dollars for it . Is this machine worth it or should I save my money and look for some thing else . Thanks Robert

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 11:34 PM

That’s a little less than 1/2 price of a new 18X36. I’ve heard good things about the Delta. But, the Performax I had was a real bear to keep aligned. As a result I swore off open sided sanders. Although, as stated, the Delta is said to be a good performer.
I’d try to get it at $350, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 11:53 PM

I have this sander. Check to be certain that it cranks up and down easily and that the drum stays parallel from top to bottom. If it checks out okay, then I would buy it. Then use care in loading and unloading it. DAMHIKT.

I use mine all the time making end grain cutting boards. I have found that is is handy to have a pair of vice grips when putting on the belt since it is difficult for me to hold the clip open and feed the belt down through the opening with only 2 hands. YMMV. I use grits from 80 to 220 without burning IF I give the wood a chance to cool off after a couple passes through the sander AND I ensure that the work piece doesn’t stop as it is feeding through.

I have not had experience with any other drum sanders, but I am satisfied with this one. Maybe ignorance is bliss. :)


-- Art

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 12:07 AM

P.S. If I could justify it and saved my pennies for a looooong time, I would buy this.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 12:20 AM

Price is good but I would want to thoroughly check it out to make sure the drum does not have excessive run out, the feed assembly tracts straight and everything functions smoothly. I bought mine when they first came out, and after having the crank gear replaced under warranty and taking time to adjust everything have had no problems. My experience has been good but apparently not everyone has had similar experience—so be careful and really check things out.

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 11:36 AM

The early models (31-250, which is what I have) were plagued with several problems, but Delta seems to have worked them out on the later versions (31-255 +). Mine never had any of the problems and has been a real workhorse. I question the price, I’ve seen quite a few listed in the $350 range, but that’s just an observation. Be Aware, with these machines you need a DC, they generate mountains of dust, not handling it in some way would make life in the shop miserable.

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 12:26 AM

Guys thanks for all the replies .helped in making decision. Going to pass on this sander . Don’t think it’s worth 500 I offerd her 400 she is stuck on 500 .

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 12:42 AM

AandCstyle…I have that! Its a great tool scored one on craigslist for $500 practically brand new. What you said there about letting the wood cool between passes is interesting. I have had boards that were flat going in come out cupped after several passes. The drum is parallel to the bed, i was suspecting the board was heated up too much and cupped on me…now seeing you say this kinda confirms my thoughts.

Also what about feed rates on the sanders when should you be using fast or slow? With different types of wood, or depending on the sandpaper grit? I am still experimenting with this, i dont seem to have problems going at a relatively high feed rate and letting the board cool, but i am still kinda figuring this tool out.

As was stated before it produces mountains of dust! you absolutely have to have a dust collector, i forgot to turn it on once and there were clouds of fine dust pouring out of the machine

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 01:56 AM

Mark, you must be blessed to get that kind of a deal. I am no expert so take this for what it is worth: I use the slowest feed rate for end grain (half of the first gradation on my machine), but watch to ensure that the piece doesn’t stop during the feed. On side/edge grain, I speed it up a bit (maybe on the second gradation).

-- Art

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 02:40 AM

Buying one of these is a real crap shoot…you made a good choice on passing it up : )
I should have done that when the first one I bought was DOA , but I let WoodCraft talk me into trying a second one.
Now I have a $1000 boat anchor in my shop and no boat.
I’ve spent more time trying to make it work properly than I have been able to use it on projects.
Count your blessings and keep looking.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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