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Can I use a drum sander to dress material ?
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Pretty bland question. I'd say no.

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Why not?

It'll take a lot longer than a planer. But you will get good results with highly figured wood.

Measure Twice Cut Once -- It's a lot easier to cut more off then it is to cut MORON.
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I have a good planer I was just wondering in case it dies in the future.
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I have a good planer I was just wondering in case it dies in the future.
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Usually you might use a widebelt with a 36 grit belt on it. And usually that machine would have a 25HP motor driving it.

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it will work but...

You can't take very much off per pass. The largest grit I can find is 40 grit. That would be what I would use: http://www.onlineindustrialsupply.com/3indrsarohlo.html

I got a 12" single drum sander for that very reason, but I ended up using it more for a finishing sander than for dimensioning since it will only allow a very small depth pass. The sandpaper I have on there now I think, is 80 grit, but I will get some 40 and see what happens. Heat is your enemy and the finer sandpaper will clog and then burn the wood.

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Can I use a drum sander to dress material ?
In what style would you like to dress it?

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I run raw white pine. and I was wondering if I could sand it to thickness
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I run raw white pine. and I was wondering if I could sand it to thickness
I'm gonna say no. The reason being is it's a high resin wood and will clog the belts before you get halfway through your first board.

I have a cabinet shop that has a large three head widebelt sander and I've had him sand white pine for me and he moans and complains everytime I want him to do it. Basically I have to buy him a new belt everytime I ask him because it ruins it.

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I'm gonna say no. The reason being is it's a high resin wood and will clog the belts before you get halfway through your first board.

I have a cabinet shop that has a large three head widebelt sander and I've had him sand white pine for me and he moans and complains everytime I want him to do it. Basically I have to buy him a new belt everytime I ask him because it ruins it.
Pine is my least favorite wood to work with, even though it cuts well. What's the reason you are considering a sander over a planer? Even the lunch box planers will give a great finish on clear Pine. Any knots may be an issue and be hard on the blades. I agree with Bid Dave on the wide belt sander also.
My door maker buddy will only work with hardwoods for the same reasons.

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I have a really good planer but just in case its goes down the road I was thinking I could do a switch up.
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+1 that a drum sander is not a good thickness planer.

As Dave said, any wood with resin will gum up the sand paper in a single pass. Been there, done that.

Drum sanders make a lot of heat and once they melt the resin it causes streaks on the paper which cannot be removed.

I have a Performax 16/32 drum sander. I switched to the Klingspor blue zirconia paper. Much better. Less heat, less gunk and so I am able to clean the paper and get decent use.

I work with hardwoods.

If you want a back up for the planer, a router sled would work better for dressing.

Dominick made one. Easy to make. Takes time to use. For his log sections, a good way to get flat.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f26/pair-olives-43311/
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My experience with a drum sander you will spend too much time trying to sand for thickness.
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