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09-21-2020 11:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question drum sander sandpaper creep performax

I’ve been struggling with an issue with my Performax 10-20 drum sander for a long time and I think it’s finally time I seek some advice. My issue is that in use the wrapped sandpaper creeps from right to left. And if I don’t shut things down every few passes, sandpaper edges will start to overlap. This will then cause burning and if I don’t correct it quickly, the loaded sandpaper will be ruined. So I’ve done everything I can think of to get the sandpaper on the drum as tight as possible. I start out with the edges of the paper spaced as widely as possible. However, nothing I have done prevents the sandpaper from creeping.

Anybody had this problem and solved it?

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 11:56 AM

Have not run into this problem. But it sounds like your getting more pressure on one end. I would check to make sure its level and of equal height to the feed belt. Also check that it is true parallel to the bottom belt, If the feed belt and drum are not running true parallel (meaning even a slight angle could cause change in friction) with each other this could be the source of the issue.

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 01:37 PM

Switch to hook and loop.

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 01:45 PM

wrap from the other end and clean the rollers with alcohol before wrapping.

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 02:35 PM

I thought that there is supposed to be a slight vertical angle of the drum, with regard to the feed belt. This so that you don’t gouge your work when sanding pieces that are wider than the drum. If the belt and the drum aren’t running parallel, that’s going to be a big problem. I’m not aware of any adjustment to correct that. But I’ll check it anyway.

Hook and Loop? I wasn’t aware of this option for my sander. I’ll look into it.

Wrapping from the other end – That’s been suggested by the FB group I posted this question in. I’m going to give it a try. It probably wouldn’t hurt to give the rollers a clean also.

Someone on FB recommended shortening the strip of sand paper to allow a larger gap between edges. This has worked for them. I’m going to try this with an older piece of sand paper.

Thanks everyone.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 05:54 PM

I had a similar problem not long ago. My problem turned out to be the pin that the spring latch worked on was made of aluminum and had come partially loose. It was still mostly in place, but did not grip the tail end of the paper hard enough to hold it securely. It was a real bugger to remove, but a 7 penny nail worked for a replacement pin. Put it in and peened the end over a bit and all is well.
I went through a few $ worth of paper thinking that I did something wrong before I finally found the problem.

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 07:32 PM

I’ve had the same problem with my 25-50. It is a real annoying PITA. I’ve read the manual several times and I still struggle with it. I’m also having trouble with the roller. I can’t seem to get it perfectly parallel to the bed. Both are issues I’ll have to address down the road.

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 11:19 PM

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 11:36 PM

CWWoodworking – Thanks for the links. This looks like a good upgrade. However, given my current stock/investment in rolls of sandpaper for my drum sander, I’m going to put off this upgrade till most of my stock is used up.

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