I teach HS woodshop. Yesterday my department chair asked me if I wanted a drum sander. I answered, "Sure." He asked, "Which one." I asked, "How much do I get to spend?" He replied, "It all depends on what you want." I could not get any dollar amount out of him, so I am in a quandry. I suppose I should request something mid-range in price, but I also need something that is tough enough to stand up to 180 teenagers a day and not be too complicated to use. (Actually, it would be less than that, as only the advanced kids would be using it, the level 1's sand by hand.)
Most of you guys are smarter than I. What recommendations do you have of some models I should research. I wish I could provide you with more info, but I couldn't draw any more out of the chair.