$80 Later — Drum Sander paper breaking
Hi all — the shop I go to got a 19in drum sander months ago. Bc I used IdiotIntuition instead of reading the manual, I tore a lot of sanding paper because (I realize now) I was either taking too much off in one go or I had my feed setting too fast. I got some instruction on the drum sander recently. The last two attempts, using 80 grit, I’ve slowed the intake speed to slowest possible setting and just barely rotate the handle when lowering. I’ve had the paper rip on me both times. The tears always happens on the right-hand ratchet/clasp of the drum sander. I load the paper going left to right. The recent attempts were both hardwoods, walnut, 8-12in wide, trying to remove resaw marks.
The only guesses I’ve got left are: the paper is incorrectly installed, my barely rotating needs to get even more barely, or that I’m cursed. Either way I’m bleeding money on the paper though so any help is appreciated!
thanks as always