How to Use a Drum Floor Sander

Don’t you just love how elegant sanded floors look? Sanding helps to smooth the wooden floors and fix the common issues such as bumps and discolouration. The best equipment to help you with that is a drum floor sander. 

Drum floor sanders need to be handled with care because they can injure you when using it. Other than proper handling, you also need to know the right way of using a drum floor sander. Luckily, we are here to give you some tips.

Step One: Set Up the Drum Floor Sander

First things first, you need to unbox the drum floor sander and remove all the necessary parts out of the box.

Step Two: Install the Sandpaper

After the drum floor sander is placed in the right position, you will need to install the sandpaper. You must use the right sandpaper that comes with the right size. In other words, the sandpaper must fit properly on the machine. Once installed, close the access door and tie the dust around the exhaust pipe.

Step Three: Connect the machine to a Fused Circuit

The next thing to do is connecting the drum floor sander to a fused circuit. The circuit should be well-grounded and should be at least 20 amps.

Step Four: Roll it to a Starting Point. 

Once you have connected the machine to the fused circuit, you’ll need to roll it to your starting point. Here, the sander must be parallel to the floorboard. Ensure that the wall is on the left. Check that the control lever is pushed up.

As you roll the sander, check that it is not touching the floor. You will need to turn the selector switch to S, which is the starting position. Also, allow the machine to go to the Run Position, labelled R.

Step Five: Feather Cut-In

The next thing to do is to start moving the drum floor sander forward. As you do so, ensure that you ease the sanding drum down towards the floor surface. You should use the control lever to do this.

Step Six: Release the Control Lever

When you have engaged the drum floor sander with the floor surface, you’ll need to release the control lever. Also, adjust your pace to help you remove the stock with ease. As you do so, ensure that you maintain the pace to prevent having marks on the floor.

Step Seven: Move the machine in the right direction  

You should always try to move the sander in the way of the grain. Ensure that you sand the paper at a steady pace.

Step Eight: Feather Cut-Out 

The next thing to do is to ease the drum sander with the control lever, which helps to steadily feather cut-out at the end of the pass. Swaying the termination points will help to give you a right blend when you are edging.

Step Nine: Replace the sandpaper

Once done, switch off the position of the machine by pressing the selector {O} button. Ensure you disconnect it from the power supply when doing this.

Step Ten: Empty the Dust Bag

When the dust bag is 1/3 full, make sure you empty it. Empty it into a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Ensure you place the sealed plastic bag away from buildings.

Above all, ensure that you follow the user manual when using a drum floor sander.

David B. Harper

David is a Professional Craftsman & woodworking expert for 8 years, and in that time has written huge resources and guides on woodworking and tools.

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