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Types of Drum Sanders
Drum Sander Safety
Drum Sander Speeds
Edge Sanding
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Drum Sanding
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Drum Sander Speeds

Operate the drum sander at the speed recommended in Table 18-1. Start at a low speed and gradually increase to where you are getting the smoothness you need. The problem with excessive speed is that enough friction can occur to burn the wood unless the feed pressure is feather-light. Also, since friction heat can draw pitch or resin from the wood, excessive speeds cause more rapid filling and clogging of the abrasive. So work wisely at a reasonable speed and use only the amount of feed pressure required for the abrasive material to do its job.

Table 18-1: Drum Sanding Speed Chart
Abrasive Hardwood Softwood
Coarse H (1600 RPM) I (1750 RPM)
Medium I (1750 RPM)

J (1900 RPM)

Fine J (1900 RPM) K (2050 RPM)
NOTE: These speeds are for 60 hz. operations.

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