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moke

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04-30-2015 05:23 PM

I got my latest issue of “Wood” magazine yesterday and I noticed in the tips it was suggested to soak your dumsander belts/rolls in cleaner and then wrap them around a pvc tube to dry….has anyone ever tried that? I am skeptical….
Thanks
Mike


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 05:54 PM

I haven’t seen my issue yet, so don’t know what they used for cleaning. But I’ve tried a couple of solutions (MS, once, and Simple Green a couple of times) and neither one worked worth a hoot. I gave up cleaning the damn things and tried to be careful and not load them up.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 07:32 PM

I just use the big gum rubber eraser thing… open the top and degunk it. Never removed the rolls to try to wash them.

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 08:07 PM

Eraser here.
Bill

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 08:12 PM

Rubber eraser here as well… and in a pinch, you can use old tennis shoes :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 08:36 PM

Gum rubber abrasive cleaners.

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 09:03 PM

That’s an industry standard method of cleaning. First did it 40 years ago in a pine furniture factory. Have been doing it recently using Simple Green and a plastic bristle brush and it works quite well. They sell commercial cleaner solutions buy I find any greats cutter will worn. We used a pressure washer in the factories. Hardwoods don’t gum up belts so a crepe eraser has no effect.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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moke

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 09:20 PM

Thanks all, I have been using the big gum eraser thing and getting good results, but lately I have been getting a 1/8” line of something on the drum…sap maybe?...in the center of the drum. It leaves a nasty burn line when something goes under it. The gum eraser deal doesn’t touch it. I have been sanding maple a lot, so I thought it may be sap. Anybody else experienced this? I think I may try the cleaner that I used to get pitch off my saw blades to remove whatever that is.

Am I doing something to cause this?....the last time was maybe 10 passes to a new sanding strip.

Mr Unix….Those erasers are kind of pricey…..do you think my wife would miss one of her 500 pair of tennis shoes?

Thanks all for your help.
Mike

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bigblockyeti

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 09:31 PM

I bought a 2” x 2” x 12” eraser off Amazon for I think less than $15 and I’ve only burned about 2” off the end in a year.

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#9 posted 04-30-2015 09:32 PM

Mr Unix….Those erasers are kind of pricey…..do you think my wife would miss one of her 500 pair of tennis shoes?

LOL! If you have kids, you will have an almost unlimited supply!

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Even after moving out for college several years ago, I’m STILL finding their old shoes all over the place :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 04-30-2015 09:39 PM


Thanks all, I have been using the big gum eraser thing and getting good results, but lately I have been getting a 1/8” line of something on the drum…sap maybe?...in the center of the drum. It leaves a nasty burn line when something goes under it. The gum eraser deal doesn t touch it. I have been sanding maple a lot, so I thought it may be sap. Anybody else experienced this?
Thanks all for your help.
Mike

- moke

That was exactly what I was trying to clan with my attempts, and it didn’t work; maybe you will have better luck. A couple of things: do you have real good DC? Sometimes just a bit of dust can pile up and cause the gumming that leads to the burn streaks. Otherwise, I always found I had to 1) slow the feed rate AND 2) take lighter cuts until the problem went away. Also, the grit you’re using can contribute…I pretty much quit using anything finer than 120, 150 on very rare occasions (really rare). Lastly (and you know this, I’ll bet) I learned early on that softwood should never be fed through my drum sander. I guess I should have mentioned this earlier, I also use the big gummy eraser sticks, and they do help clean the drum, unless it has that burnt streak.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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moke

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#11 posted 04-30-2015 10:25 PM

Thanks Guys….
Fred-I rarely use anything other than hard woods, and I really do take lighter cuts, but I might be going a little fast…I’ll cut that back Thanks for taking the time to help

Mr Unix- No kids, just the dog and she is kind of prissy, God help me if she is going to start wearing shoes!

Big Block If I can steal without getting caught…those are free to me!!! If I do get caught, please post a nice memorial for me…
Mike

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 12:20 AM

Moke, I roll my sanding strips with the burn strips up, put them in a quart jar filled with Simple Green (purple formula), leave them for several days (shaking the jar every time I think about it), then blast them with the pressure nozzle on the water hose (outside on the driveway).

Couple of tips: clamp the ends of the strip to a scrap of lumber to get it to lay flat while you blast with the hose. I then hang them over the overhead door supports to dry with weight clamped to each end.

Save the Simple Green in the jar and reuse over and over.

Works for me and saves a lot of $ as my 18/36 uses long strips of paper that aren’t cheap.

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 12:27 AM

Burn marks will clean up with simple green dunk and judicious brushing with soft bristles like a toothbrush.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#14 posted 05-01-2015 12:49 AM

Not sure how this would work on a drum sander roll, but I use spray-on oven cleaner to clean up the discs on my 12” disc sander. Spray it on and then scrub it with a brass wire brush, then hose off. Makes them look almost new.

Even gets rid of the sap build up.

FWIW.

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moke

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#15 posted 05-01-2015 04:57 PM

Thanks guys for the advice…I have been using 150 BTW, sound like I just need to buy a bottle of Simple Green and a tupperware bowl and give it a try…...I have more of those HF brushed than I care to admit….
Mike

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