|Item Weight||256 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||38.5 x 30.5 x 23.8 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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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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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 .011) and then rotated it 180 degrees and ran it back through without making any adjustments to table elevation and it was dead on every side.
1 / 64 of an inch is = 0.015625 so across 18" the .01 right now it is out is not to shabby, again...I am sure I can get it better will a little more adjustment.
So I am very please with this sander right now. I have managed to make it bog, but that was me just being stupid and not paying attention to how much I was trying to bite off. The 1-1/2 HP motor is more than adequate when paired with the correct grit of paper. The dust collection is FANTASTIC when hooked up to a high CFM collector.
I stand by my original 5 star review and while I think it is pricey (aren't all drum sanders) I like that it is covered by a 5 year warranty and everything is working as it should. I am feeling less buyers remorse every time I use it ( I originally wanted a 26" Woodmaster DS... More power and more $$$) because it is getting the job done.
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.
My experience has shown me that I should not have underestimated the durability, strength and precision of the Jet/Performance machines and that I made a mistake when bought the Delta.
I wouldn't buy the Delta machine again, at any price.
Update, September 23rd, 2014. Today, the in-feed roller fell out of the bracket that carries it and the out-feed roller isn't far behind. Delta no longer supplies these parts. They are obsolete. Eleven years out and no parts back up? Propriety does not allow me to use the expressions and words that I have for this machine or the manufacturer. I will, however say, without compunction: This machine is a piece of junk and has been since it was new. It was the last Delta machine I bought and now,is surely the last I will ever buy.