Delta Drum Sander Use

Folks -
I've had the Delta Drum Sander for about 3 years now, and have been very happy with it, within the limitations of how the machine should be used... I use it for sanding figured woods and thin work, relying on my planer for rough dimensioning.
I have found that only a very small amount of stock can be taken off at a time, which is okay. But I needed some *very* thin stock yesterday, for some banding and.... wow! I had a whole mess of strips of maple and walnut to sand down and I was able to consistently get them down to 1/64th, perhaps a little less, and the thicknessing was consistent across the width of the drum. I was surprised that I was able to take them down that far, have the thickness be accurate (within a few thousandths) across the drum and be able to REPEAT the process so that all of the stock was of a consistent thickness. I didn't loose ONE piece of stock and had no problems at all with tear out, snipe or the strips being "sucked" into the drum and ruined.
I haven't had to do a lick of maintenence to the machine since I got it, other than to blow the motor out and keep it clean.
I've been happy with the sander since I got it. Yesterday's experience only confirms my opinion.
YMMV,
John Moorhead
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Same experience here. I've taken up marquetry lately and have been using the Delta to create veneers. I resaw the wood and then sand it down to 3/64. I find it easier to work with the thicker veneers than the commercial stuff that is typically 1/40 to 1/50 of an inch. I have sanded some stock down to 1/50th to match the commercial veneer with no problem at all.
I did have to do some adjusting of the table when I first got it to get it parallel to the sanding head. I haven't had to adjust it since.
With that said, I'm not completely satisfied with the way it handles surfacing thicker figured material. The motor seems to be a bit under powered and if I'm not careful, I get the head to stall or the wood to burn.
I would seriously consider the Performax next time when this one gives up the ghost if it can handle the veneer sanding the way the Delta does.
Jeff Zahnle
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