Ryobi Drum Sander - paper ripping

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Forum topic by Andrew posted 07-23-2012 12:23 AM 3582 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2012 12:23 AM

I got a Ryobi 16-32 drum sander for $200 off CL. It seems to be in great shape, looks almost brand new.

Does anyone have this sander who can give me advice on how to properly wrap the paper? The right (motor-side) clip seems to let the paper slip out and after a few passes it rips off, ruining the sandpaper.

Any thoughts?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 01:03 AM

I had a similar problem with a laguna 16-32. I converted it to hook and loop paper and have not had any trouble since.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:14 AM

Is that difficult to do? Or do you just get hook and loop with adhesive backing and stick it on?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:26 AM

It is easy to do. Go to get their phone number and just call them during business hours and they will set you up.

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks, I’ll probably do that this week.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 08:28 PM

i see that grizzly has a conversion kit

i wonder if this would work.

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 12:50 PM

This is an answer to an old posting, but perhaps it will help some of you who have had problems with the motor-side abrasive gripper on your Ryobi WDS 1600 drum sander. The gripper assembly does two things: a small pincher grabs the tail end of the paper, and the larger assembly, including the pincher, rotates on the drum shaft under the pressure of a hefty spring to keep the adhesive paper tight. Perhaps it is a tolerance issue, but the pincher device sometimes (or ALL of the time for some folks) does not grab the tail end of the abrasive sheet very well. The abrasive loading process requires the operator to pull the main assembly, including the abrasive pincher, against the spring until it is in alignment with the slot in the drum. In theory, when the tail of the paper is slid into the slot, it goes underneath the pincher, and as small spring forces the tab of the pincher against the abrasive side of the paper. This works like a Chineese finger trap; the paper slides under a spring-loaded tab, and the tab presses hard against the paper as the hefty spring on the entire assembly is SLOWLEY released by the operator. If you allow the paper gripper assembly to snap back, it rips the tail of the abrasive out of the little pincer.

Back to the tolerance issue…My belief is that a couple snaps of the larger spring mess up the operation of the pincher, and then it never grips as well as it did when new. What I have started doing is to sandwich a 1” piece of abrasive to the tail end of the long abrasive sheet where it goes into the pincher. This doubles the thickness of the abrasive at the point where the pincher is needed to establish a strong hold on the abrasive paper. With the thickness doubled at the pincher end, I can tell you that my systems works fabulously well! In fact, it sometimes grabs the paper so tightly, that removing it can be a challenge. Using a dental mirror, I was able to determine where to put a small screwdriver under the tab, so I could lift it a bit, and then release the paper. If you have an iPhone and a flashlight, take a photo of the mechanism. I did, and it was a huge help in figuring out how this thing works.

Keeping the abrasive tight is the Achilles heal of this product’s design. Now that I can load my abrasive and trust that it will stay in place, I love this sander. (bought mine in like-new condition for $200.) One last comment: This sander has a 1hp direct drive motor. Don’t expect to grind off a ton of wood with each pass. Take your time, and you will consistently get outstanding results. Good luck!

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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