I thought I would give my impressions of my new 24 inch Flatmaster Sander by Stockroom Supply. I have had this sander for about 4 months now and have run many different projects and wood types on it and it does a great job. Unlike most drum sanders, it is a hand feed sander so some will be immediately turned off by this and dismiss this sander but they would be missing a great sander.
I purchased the ready made metal cabinet version. There are other various forms of the sander in kit form on their web site. The sander came almost completely assembled, you need to add your own motor and control switch. I used a Grizzly 1/2 HP motor and switch. This sander uses hook and loop on the drum and when it is set up correctly does not create any heat in the paper, so no resin buildup. I made several end grain cutting boards for Christmas presents and the Flatmaster was a life saver, sanding these smooth and flat.
The great thing about this sander is it sands things flat, thus the name. Everything registers off the flat metal table top, so it will actually work to make something flat. As you know when you have a thinner piece of wood, that is cupped or warped, it will flex when you work with it and it’s almost impossible to make it flat again. This sander can actually make it flat again, without vastly changing the piece, if it’s not to badly out of shape.
I did a photo transfer to a flat piece of 3/8 in Birch, on another Christmas present project and after the procedure it had a slight cup to it. I was able to use light pressure, so the piece wouldn’t flex and brought it back to flat with my sander. The sander also doesn’t leave any dust in the grain of the wood, so a quick wipe and you can go right to the finish process. Dust collection is also very good. Everything falls into the V shaped bottom and is easily pulled out with your DC.
I highly recommend giving this sander a try, if you are looking for sanding help in your shop. It's not for everyone and I don't think it would work that well in a comercial shop but for a home shop, like mine, it's great. It may not be a conventional type drum sander but it does a great job.