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Posted on Grizzly or Woodmaster dual drum sander?

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 04:00 PM

bigblockyeti, (Regarding 02-26-2016 04:25 PM Post)

I must say that the drum sander took away the dread of flattening panel glue-ups. It still takes some time, but nowhere near the time or effort to flatten the glue-ups the old fashioned way by hand way. It is a tool I recommend if you have the budget and the space.

No doubt, the better the dust collection, the better the finished product, the longer the sand paper will last, and the less dust floating around the shop. But a high powered duct collector is not a requirement, but a dust collector outfitted with a separator would be good – too keep the filter from clogging. I used the Woodmaster 38” single drum sand with a 1/2 hp dust collection with a shop built cyclone for about 5 years. The dust collector got most of the dust, but I did brush off the dust from the surface of the stock before sending it through the drum sander again. I believe keeping dust off the panel prolongs paper life and yields better and faster results. Sure it slows the sanding operation, but it is still way easier and faster than the old fashioned way.

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