Roland Johnson takes a look at drum sanders to see how they sand, thickness stock, and mill out cups. He looked at cantilevered and closed frame models, and included units from Delta, Grizzly, Performax, RB Industries, Ryobi, and Woodmaster. The charts he compiled include the machines’ maximum stock width and minimum length, conveyor speed, drum motor size, weight, and price. He includes information on how to set sanding depth, change abrasive strips, and adjust drum alignment for wide stock. This article details each model’s strengths and weaknesses.

From Fine Woodworking #145