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NickM

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I've no idea but I tend to agree with you. In fact, I'd say that all machine sanders seem expensive for what they are. Given the cost of the consumables, I wonder why the price of the machine isn't made lower to suck people into the never ending cycle of buying replacement abrasive (like razors and printers).
 

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If you have a drill press/pillar drill then just chuck a sanding drum on it and get another function from your drill. You can also change the speed and that is something most sanders dont have. For heavy sanding a bearing on the bottom of the drum makes things more solid and will take some of the lateral forces off the quill. Some dust extraction is also a good thing to add. I came to the conclusion that bobbin sanders were way too expensive so last year I improved the way I used drums on the drill press. This was posted on another forum so hope I am not breaking rules.

https://www.woodworkforums.com/f11/19-s ... der-222363
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John
 

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Thanks!
The live centre is a good idea.
Did you get anywhere with dust extraction?
Also has anyone made drums that you can switch the paper on easily (no Carroll no longer available)?
 

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If you don't value your time, you could make one - looks easy.

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Orraloon":31ocqae7 said:
If you have a drill press/pillar drill then just chuck a sanding drum on it and get another function from your drill. You can also change the speed and that is something most sanders dont have. For heavy sanding a bearing on the bottom of the drum makes things more solid and will take some of the lateral forces off the quill. Some dust extraction is also a good thing to add. I came to the conclusion that bobbin sanders were way too expensive so last year I improved the way I used drums on the drill press. This was posted on another forum so hope I am not breaking rules. https://www.woodworkforums.com/f11/19-s ... der-222363
Regards John
Sounds interesting from the text but we can't see the pictures without registering on the Aussie forum any chance you could re-up them here?
 
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