Drum Sander Snipe?

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Forum topic by WhiskeyCreek posted 05-08-2015 05:05 AM 1404 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2015 05:05 AM

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I have been getting used to my new drum sander and have had good results, but I keep getting rolled over edges at the front and back edge. I cut my wood oversize so I can cut and get really sharp edges before assembly, but I was curious if this was a normal experience for drum sanders. I don’t have infeed and outfeed extension but the bed is still pretty big. I am curious if I am doing something wrong or if this is a normal experience kind of like snipe on

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 10:14 AM

What kind of machine?

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 10:30 AM

Never had snipe on my 16-32 drum sander. I hold the wood down on the infeed side until it is near the head of the housing and then hold it down on the other side. You may need infeed/outfeed extensions. It’s not like a planer where you have rollers…

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 11:14 AM

Knowing which sander you have would be helpful. The Delta models have pressure roller and can cause that. Another question: if the wood perfectly flat?

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 03:08 PM

I have the Performax 22-44 + with infeed and outfeed tables and while they help a lot with smaller shorter items they are ineffective for larger longer heavier items. Invest in a couple roller stands to extend support out from the feed tables. I use a straight edge to set mine a smidge high above the in/outfeed tables.

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 04:48 PM

The sander is a Ryobi WDS1600 open ended 16 – 32 in. The pieces are for the most part flat but, I did have a question if you could use a drum sander in the same way you can stack plane on a planer. The planer does have rollers before and after the drum, are these pressure rollers or not?

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 05:59 PM

I have the supermax and I do get a little snipe on long boards. I have been drum sanding maple lately instead of planing. I was getting some tear out by planing….I just hold up on the board for the first and last foot or so, and then I have no issue.

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