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pashley

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179 days ago

Thinking of getting a drum sander for my shop. I assume it will save a lot of time sanding, and give me better results than a random orbital sander will. Has that been you experience?

-- Have a blessed day!


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Loren

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#1 posted 179 days ago

I dislike my drum sanders. They create as many problems as
they solve.

It depends on the work you do. For making furniture,
they kind of waste time, imo. They make marks because
they lack a platten. A stroke sander delivers a flatter
finish sand with a much more random scratch pattern.

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pmayer

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#2 posted 179 days ago

I have a Woodmaster combo planer and drum sander. I find that the planer produces such a nice surface (I have the spiral cutterhead) that I rarely switch it over to drum sander mode. The only time that I find myself doing it is when I need to sand end grain, such as in end grain cutting boards. For that, it is a real time saver. I probably wouldn’t even make end grain cutting boards if I didn’t have one. If it wasn’t for the combination machine I don’t know if I would have one as it would be difficult to justify a big dedicated footprint in my small shop for something that I rarely used. On the other hand, if I had a dedicated (non combo) drum sander I might use it more.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Loren

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#3 posted 179 days ago

Woodmasters have planer feed rollers (I have a Woodmaster
drum sander and a Performax with a conveyer), which
makes the Woodmaster better for longer boards and
not very good for small parts where the conveyer works
better.

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL

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#4 posted 179 days ago

37” widebelt, love it. Use it all the time.

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thesoninlaw

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#5 posted 179 days ago

I like my drum sander, it saves time. But no, you will still want to use your RO sander afterward. The drum sander tends to leave lines and you might want to leave your pieces long as (mine at least) they have a sniping tendency.

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 179 days ago

16-32 Ryobi … been using it for 100years. Best tool in my shop.Takes all the work and drudgery out of sanding.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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b2rtch

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#7 posted 179 days ago

I have the Rigid belt and drum oscillating sander.
I extremely rarely use the drum sander (may three times in five years) but I use the belt sander constantly (probably the most used tool in my shop)

-- Bert

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pmayer

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#8 posted 179 days ago

Loren, I completely agree. The Woomaster combo machine, as a drum sander, has limitations. I wouldn’t buy it as a dedicated drum sander, or even if I was planning to do a lot of drum sanding with it. In addition to the feed roller limitation, it also has a drum that is only 3-1/4” in diameter which is pretty small relative to most “full time” drum sanders. So, if I compare a Woodmaster 718 to a dedicated drum sander it doesn’t stack up that well. But, as I said, I enjoy having the capability for periodic drum sanding without sacrificing valuable shop space. I won’t go without a planer, so for me as a small shop guy, the realistic options are a Woodmaster or a hand held belt sander. And in that comparison, the Woodmaster comes out looking quite good. The Woodmaster is a solid planer, amazing molder, good rip saw, and a “good enough” drum sander for occasional use sanding objects that are longer than 12” and thicker than (guess) 1/4” or so.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 179 days ago

I agree with thesoninlaw, if you think of a DS as a finishing sander you will be pretty disappointed. It has a lot of uses (at least it does for me) but reducing your ROS time probably isn’t very high on the list. I seldom go above 120 grit on mine, anything more fine that that just clogs too easily. The 120 leaves scratches that still have to be removed, and it can take a while.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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pmayer

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#10 posted 179 days ago

One thing that that I do that saves a ton of sanding time and dust is to use a cabinet scraper. Any time I have a wide flat surface I use a cabinet scraper and then just hit it with a light hand sanding with fine grit at the end, like 400 or so. This leaves a better surface, is much faster, and less dusty. This is also cheaper, quieter, smaller and greener than a drum sander. :)

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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pashley

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#11 posted 178 days ago

Wow, it seems like the drum sander is not the way to go. My thought is that it would save tons of sanding, and even do finish sanding, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I just want to cut sanding to a minimum – I make furniture. Perhaps a better thickness planer, with a slower feed speed and spiral cuthead might be a better idea? It could take the piece down to required thickness, be very smooth, and just a few passes with a cabinet scraper would be all I need to do?

-- Have a blessed day!

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 178 days ago

My drum sander has seen a lot less use since I converted to the spiral cutters on my jointer and planer. sometimes the spiral cutters will leave lines on the wood, but in my case they are so small that 1-2 passes with an ROS removes them. But they are everything they are billed to be, I’ll not give mine up. I’ve been thinking about selling my DS since it now sees so little use….but so far that’s all I’ve done: think about it.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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agoneyl

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#13 posted 178 days ago

I have a jet 16/32 and don’t know how I ever did it without it. It works great!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 178 days ago

I don’t own a drum sander so I can’t speak to it but I have a dewalt planer. I learned long ago that a piece of wood that is jointed and planed makes it so that you can actually look like a craftsman because starting with straight wood makes your work straight all the way through the project.

That being said. Since all my wood goes through the planer, when I’m done I usually can’t get a much smoother finish that with my planer blades. Sometimes I’ll do a 600 grit sand with my ROS but I actually have little sanding. The sander is limited to about 12” wide but that covers almost all my cabinet doors and such. A table top is another story but I doubt I’d be putting that through a sander either.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Sandblastguy

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#15 posted 178 days ago

I have a 24” drum sander and used it alot until I got a stroke sander . Haven’t used the drum sander since. I make cedar panels of all sizes and the stroke sander is my favorite shop tool. I can sand a 4”x8” panel both sideds in about 20 minutes.

-- Sandblastguy Orangeville On. Creating Art From Nature

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