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#1 posted 10-11-2018 02:24 PM

Gonna take a risk and order the sander tomorrow. Gonna be a Woodmaster 24”.

The Woodmaster drum sanders are without a doubt the best of the breed. I have had their double drum 50” for over a decade and they just work and American made as well.

- AHuxley

I’m a Woodmaster fan as well and sorry I’m late to this but one thing I’ve noticed with drum sanders,
if you already have a helical head planer and the wood is level and smooth, a drum sander will add more work sanding than if you just do it with an ROS from scratch. The drum sanders will leave lines that can sometimes be a lot of work to get rid of. If the wood is already level and smooth you don’t have to start at 60 or 80 grit. I start at 120 and many times, that’s all I do. The varnish is what makes the piece smooth and pretty. Depending on the wood, maybe I will go to 150 but that’s it.

A drum sander excels when you have to even out the surface and get rid of defects first before sanding.

I’m not sure it will do what you want. If you really want to really reduce the time for finish sanding, you need either a wide belt sander or stroke sander.

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