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DELTA 31-260X 18-Inch-by-36-Inch Drum Sander

by Delta

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  • Powerful 1-1/2 hp Induction Motor with a 6-groove belt for maximum power transfer and an 18-inch drum for superior material removal
  • The 31-260X has a rigid, welded C-frame head assembly that eliminates loose movement in the sanding drum resulting in superior parallelism of the work piece
  • Large sturdy steel cabinet style base dampens vibration for super smooth finish sanding.
  • Blow-molded integral dust hood with a positive lock secure seal is designed to extract dust from the entire drum without letting dust escape
  • Up-front, motor controls and redesigned easy-to-read thickness gauge for accurate finish sanding. Large paddle type on/off switch for operator convenience and safety
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 31-260X
Item Weight190 pounds
Product Dimensions24.5 x 28.5 x 46 inches
Item model number31-260X
Horsepower1.50 HP
Included Componentsbare-tool
Warranty Description5 Year Warranty
  
Additional Information
ASINB0017SRK7U
Best Sellers Rank #513,394 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight256 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableApril 28, 2008
  
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Product Description

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The DELTA 31-260X 18- by 36-inch drum sander features enough power to handle heavy material removal, but also has the ability to handle intricate finishing jobs with incredible precision. The 1-1/2-horsepower induction motor features a six-groove belt design for maximum power transfer. The 18-inch, variable speed drum operates at 2,210 or 3,300 SFPM for fast or ultra-fast material removal. The large, sturdy steel base is designed to virtually eliminate vibration for more accurate sanding, and the cast-iron table construction provides a stable base that is precision-machined for greater durability and longer life. The 31-260X keeps the workspace clean and free of dust and debris with its blow-molded dust hood which is designed to extract dust without letting any escape into the work area.

Customer Reviews

If I can I no longer consider Delta products for purchase.
T. brauer
Finally returned it for a refund, and dealer informed me he has heard nothing but bad things about them, to the extent that he was discontinuing carrying them.
Catfish454
When I installed the handled to raise and lower the feed table it would not work properly.
Mark L.

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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Kevin La Due on June 8, 2009
I have owned an earlier version of this machine for six years and have also had several years experience with the Performax 16/32 and the Jet 22/44 drum sanders. I use these machines for several applications, but mostly for precise sanding of musical instrument parts.

I bought the Delta because it has a moveable cast iron table, which I thought would be much more precise than the Performance and Jet machines. I also bought it because of its 18 inch capacity. The machine is well built. Fit and finish is very good. The precision is there, but that's where it ends.

When feeding stock into the sander, it is very difficult to get it started through the in-feed pressure bar, which is too tight and is not adjustable. When the stock comes up against the out-feed pressure bar it stops, causing the drum to dig into the stock, ruining glue surfaces or worse, destroying expensive instrument parts at critical thicknesses, unless you physically keep feed pressure on the stock to prevent it. This happens even when removing five or six thousandths of an inch from narrow material.

The motor stalls under loads when it clearly should not. I have experienced stalling when removing fifteen thousandths of an inch from oak, maple, etc 8 inches wide. Wider stock is obviously worse.

Changing sanding strips is difficult to say the least, given the inaccessibility of the spring loaded clips that hold them to the drum.

The sander came with an accessory inflatable drum sander attachment, which I installed and immediately removed because its rotation didn't even resemble Concentricity with the shaft that drives it.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dremelman on August 20, 2009
I purchased the Delta 31-360-X Drum Sander on July 27, 2009. Two days later I assembled the sander only to find that the whole drum casing was actually warped. It was not parallel to the in-feeder. I had to dismantle the unit carry it upstairs and into my car. Busy Bee was very good about exchanging the drum assembly as it was perfectly clear the unit was defective. I then assembled the new unit and found it needed a few adjustments. No problem. Then came time to test the unit.First piece was 6" wide, 24" long and 1" thick. It came out with SNIPE at both ends. I have tinkered with it in hopes it would stop the Snipe but to no avail. I tried some finished panels I am using on a job and they also have Snipe at both ends. This causes more work sanding out the Snipe marks as well as some burn lines at the outer side because the panel is 23" wide.
I called Black & Deckers Head Office in the USA and was told to contact their service dept. in Mississauga. They had just closed when I called. Will try tomorrow. This machine could really use both an in-feed table and an out-feed table. Also the tension in the bars is too high when trying to start a piece of wood. I expected better from Delta. Unhappy customer.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Farley on October 13, 2008
This is a fine example of a low cost tool that produces professional results even for the novice user. I have several complaints. The height of the drum w.r.t the floor is fixed and there are no external infeed and outfeed supports. I recently used the sander to finish a 120" x 26" x 1.5" maple table top. This required infeed and outfeed support that had to be adjusted after each pass through the sander. I have used both 100 and 220 grit paper and noticed significant tendency to burn when using the finer paper. There is also a tendency to snipe at the beginning and end of a workpiece. The mobile base recommended by Delta does not fit, it is too large.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rawdawg on June 19, 2011
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This is a video review of the fit and finish of the Delta 31-260x Drum Saner. Part 2 of the review shows it in operation. You can find it on youtube by typing in Delta 31-260x Drum Sander. Also there is a link there for a full write up with pictures.

I purchased this machine from Amazon and the delivery was very smooth with no damage. The machine is well packed and the fit and finish is excellent. The performance so far is good, but I have not had time to really put it through some tests. I will update the review as I use it more. Follow above directions for more info.

****UPDATE 7/20/11 - More adjustments have been made.****

I have had time to really put the machine to use. I found out that following the manual's directions left my table a little more than .03" (about a 1/32" of and inch) out of alignment across the full 18" drum (not terrible but not good enough for me). I opened the manual again and messed with the setup block instructions which took a while, and then the table would not raise or lower easily. So I had to follow the other instructions which remedied that...but totally through off my setup block alignment. After screwing around for another hour following their directions I decided something different. Common sense!

I took a piece of plywood 18" long and laid it on the table, raised it up until it just kissed the drum and then adjusted the open end until it looked parallel to the eye. I then adjusted the front right nut because the lifting mechanism was binding a little and then tightened everything back up.

I am now within .01" across the whole 18" drum and know I could do a little better with some more tweaking but across 18" that is pretty good. I ran a full width maple butcher block through once (far end was out .
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