When it comes to sanding a surface, a drum sander works very well! In fact, no other type of machine available in the market can sand surfaces as well as drum sanders can.
In case you are not familiar with drum sanders, their accessories may confuse you. Below you will find brief descriptions of all the major drum sander accessories:
As is the case with most machines, a drum sander gets its power with the help of its motor. Cheap drum sanders come with low-powered motors without exception. However, there are some dust sanders which pack really powerful motors. Most of the ordinary sander models available in the market make use of a motor that utilizes 1 HP, or 1.5HP. In this sense, a drum sander works a lot like a table saw does.
This is the primary component of a drum sander. The presence of the drum is the only reason why a drum sander is called that. When it comes to sanding, the drum plays the most important role. As far as appearance is concerned, a drum sander’s drum is nothing but a cylindrical structure that looks like a drum.
The purpose of the handle is to enable and disable, the drum of a sander to help it touch the floor, and vice versa. When the drum is touching the floor, it is important to keep the sander moving, or else severe damage may be caused to the floor. Because of this reason the drum handle should be lowered only when it is time for sanding. Stopping a drum sander, even just for a few seconds, without disabling the handle is not recommended.
A drum sander pulley has the job of connecting the drum with the motor to help the former revolve.
When it comes to sanding, sandpaper plays a major role. It is the paper that is rolled around the drum of a sander to sand a surface. Different sandpapers have different quality. Also, there are several grit types available. There are coarse grits, and there are softer ones. It is very important to pick the right grit level whenever sanding a surface. Choosing the wrong grit level may cause unnecessary complications.
This is the part that enables a drum sander to attach to a dust collecting system. Different drum sanders make use of different dust port sizes. One machine may have a 4-inch port, for example, while another may have a slightly larger, or smaller, port.
The purpose of a dust bag is to collect the dust that comes out when a drum sander gets to work. Usually, it is best to empty a dust bag as soon as it becomes half-full. Waiting for a dust bag to become totally full is not really a good idea because dust bags lose suction power when too much dust gets collected in them. Also, instead of a dust bag, a vacuum hose may be used for the purpose of collecting dust, too.
Note that not all drum sanders have the same kind of design. Due to this reason, different drum sanders may contain different accessories or parts. One drum sander may contain all of the above components, for example, while another may contain less. Yet another may contain more.