I just bought a new General International 15-250 double drum sander, to
be used in finish sanding of hardwood boards. I started by putting 150
grit on the front drum and 220 git on the back drum, and sanding
previouslyplaned African Mahogany boards. This wood often exhibits some
tearout on the planer, which is why I wanted to finish up on a sander.
After several attempts, I continue to have problems with the sandpaper
loostening up on the rear drum, and eventually tearing. I'm using
General International's own sandpaper, and I've tried:
-Carefully installing and tightening the sandpaper, per instructions in
-Retightening the sandpaper as soon as it shows signs of loostening.
-Checking the grip of the ends in the clamps that secure it to the
drum. The clamps *seem*
to grip tight,
-Checking the alignment of the rear drum, and setting the height of the
rear drum relative to the front drum, using the procedure given to me
by General International tech support. That is, using two 6" flat
blocks as a reference, the height of the rear drum with no sandpaper
installed should be equal to the height of the front drum with
sandpaper installed (ie. the rear drum is one sandpaper's thickness
below the front drum).
Anyone have experience with theis sander, and know what's wrong?