The machine works very well. When I first set it up the factory had adjusted the drum parallel to the feed belt dead on. I was consistently having trouble burning cherry put through the sander no matter what speed was used. Two things solved that problem. First, I was using sandpaper that was way...
Works great out of the boxes. Mine needed minimal adjustment. If you are familiar with setting up HEAVY tools you should have no problem .
Did I mention its a heavy tool ? Get at least a medium sized friend to help you. Steel-toed boots. Good lighting. Someone to call the ambulance.
This drum sander works great! No issues, easy assembly.
"Robusto" pretty much said it. The machine, like any, needs to be setup properly... do NOT bolt it together and assume factory settings to be spot-on.. they may very well be, but it's up to the end user to verify and adjust as neccessary.
Read the manual, good tips on developing "feel" for usage and how to adjust.
First runs of glued up panels went well, "ground 'em down" to 120 grit on the 22-44 and quickly finished 'em off with my ROS to final prefinishing stage.... still collecting sanding strips, perhaps going to 180/220 will eliminate the need for the ROS during pre-assembly sanding.
I don't expect this unit to replace my planers for sizing and "hogging" down the rough stuff, but it should suffice nicely for all flat sanding with minor touch up with ROS prior to final finishing.
Assembly went OK, the drum unit is a bit of a load (for this 'ole-man, at least) to get up on the stand, so a helper would be handy.
Plastic dust shroud is servicable,...
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- T. Ewell, August 20, 2005