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Forum topic by moke posted 08-14-2012 08:59 PM 2265 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 08:59 PM

I have a chance to buy a 10 year old Delta 18-36 Drum Sander on a stand and a couple of spare sanding strips for 400.00. Can someone with experience with this tool let me know what you think of it. I have heard it’s big problem is the table raises and lowers instead of the head…this generally causes a snipe issue. I also heard the table has a problem when raising and lowering with jumping sprockets to keep it level. Then I heard of a couple of people that love theirs.

Any advice is appreciated. I have looked a long time for one of these and not found one, and now this one seems reasonable..

-- Mike

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 10:09 PM

If you can design infeed / outfeed tables that go up and down with the bed, I think that MAY solve the snipe problem. Otherwise i’d get a Performax / Jet with a moving head.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 10:17 PM

If you’re going to use it for sanding items that are less than 18”, it’ll work well for you. The troubles seem to arise, with this sander, when you sand wider boards or glue ups. You can put a small tilt to the table, to help prevent burning along the edge of the drum, but it’ll still do it when you least expect it.

I never had any problem with snipe on the machine that I had. You just have to help support the piece, if you’re sanding something that 5 times longer than the bed. Also, I never had any chains jumping the sprockets or any table alignment problems.

$400 is what I got for mine when I sold it, so I think it’s a good price. I upgraded to a 38” Woodmaster is the reason I sold mine.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 11:23 PM

I have this model and use it regularly. I would probably rate it a “C”. It does the job, but it is not a joy to use. Check to be certain that the bed is parallel to the drum across the entire width, also when it is raised or lowered. I haven’t encountered the other issues you mentioned. I don’t have any experience with other drum sanders so I can’t offer any comparative data. I paid $500 for mine 5-6 years ago, used, but got a drawer full of sanding strips in grits from 100 to 220as part of the package. If I had it to do over again, I would probably get a Woodmaster. HTH

-- Art

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 12:14 AM

1. i have a ryobi 18/36 and like it a lot
2. i paid $225 for it 2 years ago
3. $400 sound like a lot for that delta
4. i thought an adjustable bed would be better than an adjustable head. i was wrong.
5. any sandpaper past 150 grit is a waste as it usually burns the workppiece.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 02:13 PM

Thanks guys,
After talking to several people and posting here, I think the general concensus is to pass. THe funny thing is I have not had the same complaint on this machine twice….It must jus have issues in general.

Thanks for your help…please if anyone else has ideas or recomendations please post them…

-- Mike

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