Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Waynesfield, OH
While I seen info on building a drum sander from scratch, most things I read about converting a planer aren't very positive. Note that I've never tried it, so everything I have is hear say. But I do have a drum sander, and I notice the drum seems to run much slower than the cutterhead on a planer (problem#2, after the dust thing that parker mentioned). Also you'll need (or should have) a variable speed feed. Then consider the work load on a drum sander is more than it is on a planer, and you may be burning the motor out very quickly. It might be an interesting attempt if you don't want to sell the old planer. But keep some of those points in mind as you decide.
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Last edited by Fred Hargis; 01-01-2014 at 11:32 AM.