Anyone ever hear of a drum sander by RBI or something like that? A friend
wrote down a note from someone who's selling this tool:
Here's the note verbatim:
RBI 36" Drum Sander
I know the Baldor motor, but I've never heard of RBI (nor can I find much on
the web). Is this a company that makes industrial tools?
It's just a private seller who apparently has this machine he wants to sell.
For this price, I'd imagine it must be a pretty good tool, but I know
nothing about the company. Since I posted, I found this site. Is it same
Must (apparently) be...I'd ask the seller for confirmation--I'd presume
he'd know where it came from.
Interesting history there if you click the "About..." link. I knew
Foley-Belsaw had captured manufacturer, but didn't know who it was...
I did a google on RBI sander.. and got a ton of hits.. most, as you can
guess, are related to baseball..
However, looks like they made a high end 36" sander similar to the Performax
and other thickness sanders
A google search was done on RBI and baseball links filled the page.
Sometime back I was looking for some info on baseball stats, in particular,
the pitcher's Earned Run Average. How the heck is this thing figured?
ERA = EarnedRuns/InningsPitched * 9
For example, 3 runs in 6-2/3 innings --> 3/6.666...*9 = 4.050 ERA
It's simply ratio-ing the earned runs allowed in a (fractional) number
of innings pitched to the length of a nine-inning regulation game.
It's a measure of the pitcher's effectiveness, apart from his teammates'
ability to field the ball. :-) Simply looking at the number of runs a pitcher
gives up is not a good measure of how good a pitcher he is; look at the Mets
in the mid-1960s for example. Seaver, Koosman, and McGraw had the misfortune
to be pitching in front of fielders who couldn't catch or throw. Lots of what
should have been routine pop flies or ground-ball outs turned into runners on
From <http://www.netshrine.com/statglossary.html :
Earned Runs [ER]
When batters reach base as a result of walks, safe hits, or fielder's choice,
and subsequently score runs on the basis of other walks, safe hits, or
fielder's choices, then the runs scored are said to be earned. Baserunners
reaching base are the responsibility of the pitcher who was pitching when they
appeared at the plate, although they may score when another pitcher is
pitching. Passed balls are treated as errors by the catcher, and may result in
a run being classed as unearned. Wild pitches and balks by the pitcher do not
excuse him from receiving responsibility for runs which score as a direct or
indirect result of such pitching mistakes. Errors charged to the pitcher do
count in making runners into potential unearned runs.
The official scorer is charged with the difficult task of determining when a
run is earned and when it is unearned. It is often a matter of judgement
whether a run that scored would have scored in any event had not the error
When a new pitcher is announced, he does not receive the benefit of prior
errors in determining whether runners he allows to reach base and which
subsequently score are earned or unearned. For example, if there are two outs
in an inning and there was an error which allowed a batter to reach base
safely, a newly announced pitcher who then gives up a home run to the first
batter faced would be charged with an earned run for the run represented by
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
The company is (was) RBI Industries...
Yes, they maid scroll saws and "multi-function wood planers"
Current web site... http://www.rbiwoodtools.com /
Primary function was a Planer.
Options included - Molder, Drum Sander, Gang Saw (trim moldings & mold in 1
pass) They were "gray" back then (i.e. - their Gray line) The scroll saws
Now their planer is "advertised" a 3 function device (the drum sander
function has been dropped, don't know why...) The Drum sander and Molder
functions required you to change (remove) the planer head, then install the
Hope this helps...
So I finally broke down and called RBI. Turns out, they used to make this
36" drum sander but stopped production on it 4 years ago. If I bought it,
they said it's still serviceable. I may have to go look at it. $2000 for a
36" sander doesn't sound like too bad a price to me.
Is it an open- (Performax) or closed-end type? What kind of tracking,
feed mechanism, etc.? Did you ask what it sold for originally? Can you
test drive it? Why is it being sold (sometimes people are unloading
problem children, sometimes it's a steal, sometimes it's in between).
Some of the questions I'd want answered....some are obvious when you
see, some may not be so much so.
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