I have to admit, I've got one of the smaller performax (10 20) cantilevered drum sanders and I love the thing.
I've used it on making a few cutting boards and it just works great.
I mainly make small stuff so it's perfect for that.
What to expect from a drum sander:
1) It will make the piece you are working on level and smooth
What not to expect:
1) That it will be finish ready
(You'll still have to finish sand most likely as it
will leave fine lines in the work piece)
2) It's not a planer. Don't expect to be able to hog
of a lot of thickness with it.
Plan on taking lots of very shallow, slow passes.
So even on edge grain glue ups, the sandpaper lasts a long time and doesn't load up that bad and can be cleaned easy with a rubber crepe thing.
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