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

by Delta
2.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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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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.

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Technical Details

Part Number 31-260X
Item Weight 190 pounds
Product Dimensions 24.5 x 28.5 x 46 inches
Item model number 31-260X
Horsepower 1.5 HP
Included Components bare-tool
Warranty Description 5 Year Warranty

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ASIN B0017SRK7U
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2.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #757,018 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#35 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Sanders > Drum Sanders
Shipping Weight 256 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First Available April 28, 2008

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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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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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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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As other have noted, the problems fall in a few areas. Quality control - drum out-of-round, vibration. Mine was OK in that respect. Feed belt doesn't track well. Keep that allen wrench handy because you have to adjust the belt continuously. Snipe. There's plenty of that. Sanding strip clips. Poor design, difficult to engage, some sanding strips (Delta brand) seem to be only an eighth of an inch longer than the absolute minimum length. VERY hard to attach.

Table elevation - an engineer should be ashamed of this travesty. On mine the cog belt kept slipping off. The idler pulleys were sloppy and had only one flange. They would tilt and the belt comes off. Too tight and it binds. Too loose and it slips a tooth and you're in for an hour to realign the whole mess. Plastic miter gears. They strip. I made new precision idlers with double flanges. Much better, but still lousy. The sheet metal base is not flat. You can't adjust by using precision blocks or parallels because it will still bind up. It's trial and error to get the threaded posts, table and pulleys aligned. The manual explains none of this. Sawdust gets into the threaded bushings and it binds. The cog belt is under the motor. It's basically impossible to get the belt installed without turning the whole sander on edge and removing the motor. Since it weighs 200 pounds, this is no casual job.

Yes,you might just get it to actually sand things. But, the bad features so outweigh the good that I'm not sure it's worth having at all. They made so many bad design choices to keep the cost down that it's barely useable. Every time I use it, I wonder what I'll have to fix or redesign this time.
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