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Delta 18/36 drum sander (2004)
I purchased this drum sander used in 2004. After lusting after
a drum sander for many years I finally found a used one in good shape.
The sander has been a fantastic addition to the shop.
- Heavy. Rock solid. Keeps vibration and noise to a minimum.
- Capacity. 18" in single pass, 36" in two passes. I've run
wide glue-ups (table tops, etc) through in two passes and have had no
problems with ridges in the middle.
- Quiet. The induction motor and large mass keeps the noise
to a reasonable level. When it's sanding wood the paper makes
unavoidable noise, but at "idle" it's very quiet.
- Adjustable table conveyor speed.
- Smooth finished surfaces
- Easy paper changes.
- Rolls around easy on shop made mobile base (from the previous owner).
- Effective dust colletion.
- Heavy. Was a challenge getting into the basement.
- Large. Since it's a floor-standing tool I had to make a permanent home for it in a modest sized shop.
- Dust collector is required. This isn't a problem for me
since I have an effective DC system, but don't even consider running
this thing without one.
- Sandpaper is not cheap. A package of 4 replacement rolls (of one grit) costs $25 to $30.
This machine performs very well, but don't expect it to
perform the same tasks as a planer/thicknesser. With light passes
you'll get great results.
© Copyright 2006 Chris Billman