Drum sander/thickness sander feed rate

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Forum topic by agallant posted 02-09-2011 09:21 PM 2683 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2011 09:21 PM

I just bought a Jet 16-32 and I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on using a drum sander? What feed rate should I use? I work mostly with hard woods. Is it this harder the wood the slower the feed rate?



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#1 posted 02-09-2011 11:22 PM

Your basically gonna have to play with it some. With harder wood, I’ve found the slower you go, the more it wants to burn the wood. You will need to find a happy medium. You want to send it through as fast as possible without bogging the motor down too much or at all. I sand end grain boards through mine and am usually sending them through between 65 and 80… Have fun!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 08:04 PM

Childress is right… you gotta play with it quite a bit. I’ve recently acquired on myself and have been somewhat surprised at the inconsistency when it comes to different woods etc. It is very much dependent on sandpaper grit, how much you are trying to take off and type of wood. I know, not much help huh??!! I just always to send a test piece through first…

Good luck,
Bill C.

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 08:18 PM

Wow guys I entered this forum to get some pointers and I got scared. LOL! I ordered one from Grizzly today to help me out with highly figured wood. See I use a lot of quarter sawn with oak and even my helix head jointer and planner chip it out.
It appears that I had better keep a log somewhere near this thing to keep track of speeds and wood types I’ve already used and had success with.
Is it safe to say that the thinner and faster the better?

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 08:46 PM

When sanding frame parts you can get away with running the feed
too fast and the drum will flex on you but it won’t stall or tear the
paper. When sanding panels for flatness you are removing lots of stock
so you need to only kiss the high points at first, take more than one
pass on each height, and go down in tiny increments…. otherwise the
drum will flex up at the open end.

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