For those that havn't read my other post I already have a planner that I may
sell but I need to get a mold making machine and was also thinking about a
drum sand, so can anyone help iwht these questions
Cost wise I can buy a molder/planner for around $1200 CND and a good drum
sander for $1600 CND or a combo WoodMaster unit for $2600
1) Can I sand molding with a drum sander if I put "flaps on it"?
2) I was looking at a woodmaster combo unit and was wondering what
disadvatages a single drum unit has to the dual drum units I've seen.
3) Does having a variable speed belt pushing the wood through make for
better planning and sanding?
Flap sanding with a separate device only. Doubt you'd have the clearance,
even of you could jury rig something. The W&H molder of mine makes a
paintable surface from the knives, imagine yours would too. If you had a
lot of , say crown molding to do, you could rig a sanding mop to a motor
shaft, jig and hand feed pretty easily. Flap sander and drill motor for
Having variable feed rates helps on single drum sanders. Compensates for
wood differences and grits.
No thoughts on dual drums, unless they allow two grits. It's the hold-downs
the dual drum lets you put two different grits on, I believe.. So you
could have 60 grit
on the first wheel, and then 80 on the second wheel.. Saves time,
because you are
doing two grits at a time, I guess..No personal experience. It would be
ideal if you could
put the same grit on both drums and set the second one a little bit
lower.. That would
allow you to do 2 passes with 60 grit at once. I don't know if that's
possible, but that
would be great for me, because it takes me multiple passes with 60 grit
to clean up
planer marks and complete the "flattening" process.
Yes, it's a nice feature.. I can tell you this from experience. If you
are sanding a 3" wide
board, you can run it through faster than if you are sanding a 12"
board, because the machine is doing less work. Likewise, if you
accidently set the drum sander too aggressive (trying to take off too
much in one pass), it's nice to be able to turn that feed knob down
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