Well I finally got this sander today as I found it on craigslist. The sander is practically brand new as it had less than an hour of use on it. Sadly the family is selling off their father's equipment as he passed away. This was the last piece of equipment he bought before getting sick. They were glad to see it go to someone who wanted it and would use it. They sold it to me for $325 and even included 2 full rolls of sandpaper, spare roller chain, spare PC controller board, and a homemade stand on casters!
For those interested I ran a test and was able to take a piece of scrap 2" wide ash from 3/32" to 1/16" (slightly under actually as the calipers read .060) with no problems. Before trying it I raised the bed while the machine was turned off and there appeared to be space still between the bed and the drum when set at 1/16". When running the test I slowly raised the bed only a 1/4 turn at a time to be sure not to damage the belt. Each pass was successful and there was still space between the drum and belt when finished.
Last edited by Tom_in_PA; 08-22-2015 at 11:30 PM.