How to Use a Drum Sander on Your Wood Deck How to Use a Drum Sander on Your Wood Deck

What You'll Need
Tip drum sander
Wood
Working clothes and shoes
Working gloves
Protective eyewear

A drum sander is a powerful machine that you can use to rapidly polish your wooden deck. Using a drum sander can be a bit tricky and if you are not careful, you may end up damaging your wood instead of polishing it. Note that some types of drum sanders eat wood at an astonishing speed, more than 10 feet per minute. If you are a beginner, you may not be able to control the machine so make sure that you know what you are doing.

If you are a beginner and you have little experience with drum sanders, it would be wiser to use a small tip drum sander. A tip drum sander has few moving parts and is generally easier to handle compared to other types of drum sanders. Moreover, the tip drum sander has two wheels attached to it so it is easier for you to move it around as you polish the deck. This type of drum sander offers a lot of flexibility. To help you use a tip drum sander on your wood deck, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Get Ready

Before you start working with your drum sander, make sure that you put on your working clothes and shoes. Wear protective construction shoes to make sure that you do not accidentally nip your toes while working on your floor. Also, make sure that you wear your safety goggles before you start working.

Step 2 – Position the Drum Sander

When working on your wood deck, put the tip drum sander in the middle of the deck. If you are using a sander with  acord, get a piece of rope and tie the cord up on the upper portion of the drum sander’s handle to get it out of the way.

Step 3 – Turn the Machine On and Get to Work

Most types of tip drum sander can be lowered to the floor by pulling up the handles on the machine. To get to work, turn on the machine and pull up the handles to lower the drum to the floor. As soon as the drum touches the wooden floor, you will feel a strong tug as the machine starts to work. Do not let go of the machine when you feel it pulling away from you. Instead, hold back and provide resistance to the machine as you gently push the machine forward. Feel the movement of the machine as you work and keep an eye on your wood. Once you reach the edge of the deck, push the handles of the sander to lift the drum, then turn the machine around. Repeat this process until you finish sanding your deck.

Step 4 – Finishing Up

Survey your work and make sure that your wood deck is evenly polished before you put away your drum sander.

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