|Item Weight||190 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||24.5 x 28.5 x 46 inches|
|Item model number||31-260X|
|Warranty Description||5 Year Warranty|
DELTA 31-260X 18-Inch-by-36-Inch Drum Sander
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the machine about 18 months before I needed it and that was a mistake! The table mechanism that raises and lowers it is the worst design I have ever seen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bob s.
Like the headline says.Setup. Parallel setup of the feed table and roller.A very easy adjustment. if one side is significantly higher or lower this will affect tracking and or... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary Corcelli-Markrush
I hated this machine from the start, vibrations and out of balance created VERY poor finish results. Read morePublished 24 months ago by K. S. Wade
The problem is the delta is made in China, where as the Jet is made in the USA, next time check the country of origin.Published on February 2, 2014 by Super
This is without question the biggest piece of crap tool I have ever purchased. And with over 40 years of experience in woodworking, I've seen more than a few. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Catfish454
Very disappointed, the assembly directions were not clear and missed some steps. They DID make it very clear that you where to remove the shipping bolts from the leveling plate... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Mark L.
I've been a loyal customer and Delta machine user for nearly 30 years and as the shop manager for a university design lab I've purchased and used two of these machines over the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
My husband seems pleased with this purchase. It's very expensive, however.He is using it to make new cabinet doors for the kitchen and the first prototype looks amazing.Published on December 27, 2011 by leah