Drum Sander

Woodworking Shop

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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: HV0091
Make/Model: Ryobi WDS1600 (google)
Arrival Date: 08/2015
Does it work?: No
Certification Needed?: no
Contact: Not In Service
Floorplan: Dungeon
Manual: Manual


Drum sanders are extremely useful tools. They allow thickness and rough finish sanding of surfaces that are unsafe or unfit for a planer. Examples: Work piece is wider than available planer, is end grain or glued together, is extremely dense or hard woods that produce significant snipe through a planer, are irregularly shaped pieces that are unsafe in a planer, etc.


  • Open ended arm design
  • 16"/32" width capacity
  • Adjustable conveyor belt speed
  • Abrasive conveyor belt size 16" x 43"
  • 1hp Motor
  • 3" dust collection port size

Operating Instructions/Tips

  • Dust collection is a MUST. For the time being, either connect the shop vac to the port on top, or connect an adapter hose and feed into a port for the large dust collection system.
  • To set up your first pass on a new peice: unplug the drum motor from the device, open the drum housing, and place your work piece under the drum. Lower the drum until it barely touches your work piece. You can test this by turning the machine on so that only the conveyor belt moves (the motor for the drum is unplugged). Lower the drum until it barely turns as the piece moves through. This ensures you do not take too much off in the first pass.
  • Depending on the material, it's width and the grit of the drum, only lower the drum by 1/8 to 1/4 turn. Lowering the drum too much can result in burning of your piece and the paper, damage to the drum and extra stress on the conveyor belt.
  • If you notice burn lines on your wood, you are taking too much off in each pass. Consider changing the drum to a lower grit, or reducing the depth you lower the drum each time.
  • It may be necessary to GENTLY use a razor blade to scrape off any pitch, glue, or other materials off the belt should they become stuck. This produces a shiney black spot/line on the belt.
  • Clean abrasive paper on drum with the rubber sandpaper cleaner.
  • It is helpful to feed your material in different directions each time you take a pass, in order to even out the sanding.
  • When changing the paper, unplug the drum motor plug from the device. Read manual on how to change paper, or consult with area warden. (The right hand clip that tensions the paper is REALLY finicky and requires small/strong hands).
  • The motor gets hot after awhile. It is a good idea to let it cool off for a few minutes if it is hot to the touch (after half hour of using, at least).

Purchase/Repair History

This was purchased from Craig's List in August 2015. The budget was $600, however it was bought for $200 including boxes of sandpaper.

The original belt was damaged, and replaced in September 2015 with this belt for around $30.

New sand paper rolls will probably need to be purchased in the nearer future.