SteveNelson46 wrote:mtylerfl wrote:Hi Steve,
What brand/model drum sander are you using?
It's a Performax 16-32. I'm not sure if they even make them any more. Jet bought them out a few years ago but all of the parts are interchangeable. The sandpaper rolls are a little pricey. Especially if one tries to use it as a thickness planer.
I recently purchased the Performax Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander. I love the thing. You CAN flatten reasonably short pieces of wood. The bed is flat, so you can run pieces through as long as they don't wobble. If they do wobble a bit, tack them down with hot glue on a carrier board. It takes up to a 4" thickness. One side is now flat, so flip it over and pass the other side.
It certainly does not replace a planer. On the other hand, I have used it to take off a 1/4" off some short pieces. Those are the pieces that won't run through a planer. It will sand down pieces as short as 2-1/4". When you cut off a box top, you can sand down the cut edges. Beautiful result.
Yup, the sandpaper rolls are a little pricey. But, this provides some solutions that were previously a bear to solve. .....did I say I love my drum sander?