I have 16-32 performax drum sander. The conveyor belt tore. I noticed a
small tear in the seam, lasted for quiet a while like that, then just blew
apart. Any ideas what might of caused this? to much tension? I haven't used
it that much would think you get a little more wear out of it.
I bought one in June, and a couple of days after I took it home, before I
even opened the box, the store guys called. Evidently, the belts had been
set too tightly at the factory. They had several from one shipment go bad,
including one purchased by the store manager for personal use.
The advice I got was to back off on the tension, and to set it so that 1
finger or so went easily under the belt. If things slipped, tighten it in
small increments. Now that advice is 90 days or so old, and well may have
gone 'moldy' in my memory, so check with Performax tech support for better
One other piece of advice, from personal experience: There are better ways
to remove a commercial poly or lacquer finish from salvage door parts, than
to sand the finish off of them with this machine. Even at $3/bf, fresh
wood is cheaper...
Been looking at this machine for a while. What's your take on it for
sanding freshly glued up panels? Worth while? I use a belt sander
going every which way and get results I'm satisfied with but with a lot
of time and back work. It sounds like an improvement. Is it?
patriarch < wrote:
Thanks. I use resaw, thickness planer, etc. I'm just looking to put on
the finishing touches with a little less work than the belt sander.
Obviously, I don't try to take off a whole lot with the belt sander but
getting the thing perfectly flat and smooth sometimes takes a little
doing, regardless. I do work with a number of glueups that are wider
than the 16" capacity and I'm primarily worried that I'll be fighting
the two pass thing on a wider glue up. How hard is it to do? My 13
inch planer does great on it's designated width but it's not open sided
so I have no experience with trying to feed a piece reversed into an
open sided device and getting what I want.
Thanks for the reply. A dining room table top is exactly the piece I
spent a lot of time with with the belt sander through cabinet scraper
routine and was interested in knowing whether a drum sander would save
me some sweat on the next one which is just underway.
On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 21:02:45 -0500, Robert Galloway
it'll likely be useful for everything up to the last center glue up.
at that point you're going to (probably) have a panel that is just a
bit too big and heavy to count on getting an even feed through the
machine. that is, if your table is say 30 by 75, glue up two panels 15
by 75, get them sanded, then joint the edges and glue them together.
you'll hve to sand and scrape that last joint by hand, most likely.
Because I see the 16/32 used in the shops of some very talented, high end
furniture makers, I decided that it was good enough for my purposes. What
I mean by that is that these artists work on smaller volumes, and very
close tolerances. Shops that need the 48" sanders have the volume to cover
the acquisition, maintenance and space costs that come with them. Since I
do this for a hobby, the $800 or so was enough of a commitment to be a
However, I know where a 48" machine resides, and I'm welcome there, when I
need it, or so I've been told. So far, it's not been required.
who has purchased more tools than economics would tend to predict...
OK, Patriarch, I played with your e-mail address in the more obvious
ways, couldn't get around your ISP. Removed the DOT and put a (.).
Removed the "nospam". Put the "nospam" back in. What's the drill here?
Apparently some of the original belts were/are defective. I called Jet when
after only a few days of use, the belt refused to track properly and then
began to tear.
No questions asked, they sent a new belt and I have used it quite a bit with
PS The motor overload switch was defective as well. Same story. Very happy
with the tool.
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