Woodworking takes more time than you think. You have to cautiously choose the right wood for your project, calculate carefully and cut edges with the finest blades. A drum sander helps smoothen out rough edges.
There are many different types of drum sanders. It can be just a sandpaper cloaked around a speck of wood, to one big powerful fed machines. Although not all of these are within the allocated budget, many of these types can be very domineering.
With a wide selection of drum sanders, choose one with just the right power for your project.
The Ace Drum Sander Kit is cheap at $3.99 to $7.49. it can fit any type of drill. It has a ½ inch arbor, fit for contour sanding and shaping. Abrasive is aluminum oxide. The kit includes 1 medium sleeve and an expanding drum.
The Mid-Range Jet 16-32 Plus Drum Sander has an “adjustable” downward pressure. Drum speed is 1,725 rpm (5 inches x 16 inches drum). Motor power is 110 VAC, 1 up to ½ HP, 20A, TEFC 1PH. Maximum width is 32 inches (two passes), maximum thickness 3 inches, maximum length 2 to ¼ inch, and maximum thickness 1/32 inch. The device has a steel stand and storage shelf, with 80 grit type of abrasive strip, and 100 grit type of abrasive belt. Weight is from 145 up to 165 pounds
Types of Drum Sanders:
There many types of drum sanders in the market today which comes in various styles and a sizes. Some are connected to electric motors, others to drills. There are also unsteady models used on a board or hand held.
Some of the designs are somewhat cylindrical and can be anchored onto an electric motor shaft. Others can be casted in a drill. There are also the portable ones, the type that is very appropriate for sinks and counter tops.
Top spindle sanders are a little costly, used for sanding asymmetrical shaped units. However, these powerful tools can sand a section of about 16″, which is far-reaching a migratory or a 32″ wide area in two passes.
When using these drum sanders make sure that you have a protective gear. Wear protective glasses or a face mask to avoid the dust residues from entering your eyes. Dusts can also enter your lungs.
Be cautious. Make sure the switch is turned off before plugging the device. Change the sanding belts and disks while the divide is turned off. Empty the dust bag after every use.
Inspect the sand belts or disks before the start of every job. Replace worn out or clashed parts before they damage the tool.
Adjusting the sand belt tension regularly keeps the belt running in good condition, and at the same pace as the pulley drum. It will keep your tool in tiptop condition for a longer period of time.
Be careful with your hands during operation of the drum sander. Keep one hand in the trigger switch, the other in the front anterior knob.
Keep the cords free from the sanding area while in use.