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Posted on drum sander setup for heavy cuts: hard drum vs. cushioned drum (velcro)

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#1 posted 10-18-2017 03:19 AM

What do you consider to be a “heavy cut”? As I understand, a drum sander should make a cut no deeper than the thickness of the grit on the paper. At least that would be the case for any power fed sander.

- sras

I’ve never adhered to any rule like that personally, I just take as heavy of a cut as I can without straining the machine to much, or burning the paper. That varies a great deal based on the material I am sanding, the feed rate I’m running at, and the width of the piece i’m running through.

I m a little confused. If you have 2 working drum sanders why not use the 38” without the velcro for hogging and the dual drum with velcro for finer grits and quick changes?

My buddy that s a luthier uses the CA glue and masking tape trick and sticks his tops to an MDF sled and puts them through a planer that he keeps super sharp then runs that same sled through the sander.

Makes sense that the hard drum would hog better as you said.

- Andybb

well I guess thats what I’m leaning towards doing. Currently I have the 38” setup with 60 grit for hogging, and then 100 and 180 on the dual drum. I’m just wondering if I would in fact get better results If I rip the velcro off. If it doesn’t help with the cut I hate to rip the stuff off since its not real cheap. its been a couple years since I’ve had a solid drum sander and I’m just wondering if its my memory playing tricks on me, or if it really did cut better.

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