Question about Drum Sander

Old 01-07-07, 08:12 PM
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Question about Drum Sander

I need to change the grit size on my drum sander (just got a used one at an estate sale). The instruction book is clear enough on how to change the sandpaper on both the drum and the feed table. However, it doesn't say anything about whether the grit on the drum (which does the actual sanding), and the feed table need to be the same.

The feed table doesn't seem to do anything but provide a means to move the stock through the sander, but since I'm a novice at using this machine, I'm probably wrong. I'm OK changing both, but would like to know if I should.

Old 01-11-07, 07:36 PM
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The grits don't need to be the same.

The paper on the feed table is there to create friction so that the piece you are sanding isn't shot back at you when the sanding drum comes into contact with the piece.

You most likely don't need to change the feed table unless its in bad shape such as being torn or otherwise damaged.

I would just change the drum to your desired grit requirement.

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