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Forum topic by RevenantJoiner posted 11-21-2018 05:17 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2018 05:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tool base drum sander base

I recently purchased a used drum sander. I now need to make a base for it. What is the ideal height for the drum sander belt to be from the floor? What height are the commercial bases? Does that work for those of you that have these? If not, what would be your recommendation?

Thanks for any and all information and suggestions.

Tom

-- Each time your start a project and work on it, a tree smiles knowing there’s life after death.


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#1 posted 11-21-2018 05:31 PM

I prefer mine to be at bench height, (approx 34”)

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 05:32 PM

Seems to me that the best height is the one that would be most comfortable for you. It would be higher for someone 6’4” than for someone 4’6”.

Wayne

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#3 posted 11-21-2018 06:20 PM

i have a jet and mine is about 34” but like wayne said its all about what works for you.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 11-22-2018 12:45 AM

My SuperMax on its factory mobile base sits at about 34.5”. That’s a comfortable height for me at 6’-0” for what that’s worth.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#5 posted 11-22-2018 01:38 AM

Pickup a long board and hold it level at the most comfortable position. Measure the height of the board from the floor while in that position (or have someone else do it). An inch or two lower than that makes for a good table height for machines like drum sanders and planers.

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#6 posted 11-22-2018 03:24 PM

You spend a lot of time standing at the sander feeding and retrieving boards at the drum. Make the height such that you don’t need to bend your back….

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#7 posted 11-22-2018 04:09 PM



You spend a lot of time standing at the sander feeding and retrieving boards at the drum. Make the height such that you don t need to bend your back….

- splintergroup

This is the best answer and why I have mine fairly high as are all my tools. I am 6’ 3” with a bad back.

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#8 posted 11-22-2018 04:57 PM

i have most of my tool stands and benches higher than average.my miter saw and ras are about 43” and my assembly table is about 38”.too much bending over kills the back,trying to make last until i expire-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 11-22-2018 09:17 PM

I have my work bench and thickness planer set at the same height as my table saw.
Workbench makes a good out feed table, I will have a drum sander sometime next year, I hope.
will most likely set it up the same way.

-- John

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#10 posted 11-23-2018 10:36 PM

As they say. height depends how much you want to bend over. It’s not a bad idea to have it a couple inches higher than needed. Easier on your back from bending over.

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#11 posted 11-23-2018 10:49 PM

The older you get, the straighter you’re going to want to stand.

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#12 posted 11-25-2018 12:13 AM

I put my lunchbox planer and drum sander in a stack, because I’m really challenged for floor space. The planer is about 5” at the infeed/outfeed plates, and the sander is at 29”. I just do squats when I feed the wood through the planer. Works for me, because I don’t thin out wood much. The sander is actually a good height for me, at 5’9” and having ape-like arms. My lathe is set up for ergonomics at 36” where my forearm is even with the center line of a turning. Just got that set up a few weeks ago. I’m going to get around to using it soon. Same with the table saw, the scroll saw and small (9”) band saw. The bigger band saw (12”) is a little high, but not unworkable.

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#13 posted 11-26-2018 05:43 PM


I have my work bench and thickness planer set at the same height as my table saw.
Workbench makes a good out feed table, I will have a drum sander sometime next year, I hope.
will most likely set it up the same way.

- bigJohninvegas

Same here. I have a small shop, and it’s nice to be able to use the same rolling outfeed table for both the table saw and planer.

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#14 posted 11-26-2018 07:09 PM

I recall many, many years ago asking my Dad how high to make a workbench… His response was “pecker high”.
In hindsight, seems good to me.

Guess another reason I loved him & wish I’d told him that more often.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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