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Hints & Tips from JP: Three

This information represents suggestions on how to maximize performance and further understand SuperMax Tools drum and brush products.  It is not intended to substitute, supersede or replace information provided in the owner’s manual.  It is paramount that all end users, sales staff and promoters read and understand all provided documentation and safety rules that come with SuperMax Tools products.

Question 4.  How long does a conveyor belt last?

For the occasional user, about three to seven years on average.  Professional shops or end users with high output can expect about a year, more or less …much less when carelessness comes into play.  A word of caution here; if you place your work piece under the drum for initial height adjustment, then “yank” the work piece out from under the drum …you may get from three to seven seconds average life!  If there is a check or splinter on the bottom side of the work piece, damage to the conveyor belt may occur.  Always use the conveyor motor to advance the work piece away from the drum after initial setting of drum height.  If you happen to rip or tear the conveyor belt on a drum sander, you can “patch repair” the area with a good duct tape like Gorilla Brand® which tends to have superior adhesive qualities over cheaper brands.

Question 5.  What are the recommended drum heights and conveyor speeds for sanding?

After initial setting of the drum height, I’ve used one-half revolution or more (on Professional Series) of height adjustment for 24 and 36 grits; one-quarter revolution for 60 and 80 grits; and one-eighth revolution for 120 grit and above.  Keep in mind each revolution of the SuperMax Tools machine is 3/32’s of an inch.  Of course, all models vary according to size of work pieces, voltage drop and specific applications.

For simplicity, a conveyor speed of 50 to 70 percent seems to work well for most applications.  I recommend 100 percent feed rate with minimal depth adjustment for highly resinous woods.  If INTELLISAND kicks in, you might be sanding too aggressively, or, sanding warped or uneven surfaces.

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The publication has been prepared by JP DesCamp, area representative for SuperMax Tools.  Reproduction of this document is highly encouraged.
(Orig April 2006)
(Revision August 2015)