Delta 31-250 18" x 36" Drum Sander

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  • Delta 31-250 Drum Sander: Quality....but Limited

    Feb 21, 2002 by GuisBuild is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Home and Garden
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: consistent, sturdy, really a nice quality
    Cons: I have a lot of hesitation over how much use you'll get

    Summary: The Delta Drum Sander is not your standard-issue shop tool. It's certainly not the first major purchase most woodworkers will make (and for good reason), and it is really almost a completion piece rather than an integral piece in shop set-up - at least ... read more

  • Very average machine

    May 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A heavy duty sander for the price
    Cons: frustrating design flaws with machine

    Summary: I agree with everything the 2 Star reviewers have said. I bought this machine 3 years ago to sand paint off of woodwork I removed from a house that I gutted and remodeled. I refinished the all of the original woodwork. I bought this drum sander ... read more

  • After 5 years with it, I can say this . . .

    Feb 14, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 5 years ago it was the only thing like it for the money.
    Cons: See description. Inaccurate, low quality, high maintenance. Not your Daddy's Delta.

    Summary: . . . there are far better values on the market. If a person need a thickness sander only rarely, and has the time to mess with trying to align everything properly, and doesn't use it long enough at one time to foul the friction belt tracking, then this ... read more

  • DELTA 31-250

    Dec 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Heavy, sturdy, stable, competitive pricing, moveable bed, stationary drum
    Cons: Not cheap, not made for power planing

    Summary: First of all, this is not a planer, its a sander. Using this tool to remove glue squeeze out or reduce stock to a given thickness is not recommended for any 'finish' sander. Use a thickness planer for these operations, then move to a finishing sander to ... read more

  • A Delta Drum Sander Can Save You Time

    Apr 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A quicker way to sand large flat surfaces.
    Cons: In some cases, a very slow feed rate may be required.

    Summary: I am posting the most recent update to this article at the beginning. WOW!!! I can't believe it! My original Delta 31-250 was replaced by the factory rep, and the replacement works extremely well. It took some time for the factory to ... read more

  • Poor Q.C.

    Jul 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Low cost. Works reasonably well once it has been fixed and adjusted.
    Cons: Questionable design. Sub standard quality control.

    Summary: Upon initial assembly, the machine didn't sand flat within one thirty second of an inch (.036 to be exact). The feed belt wouldn't track within the adjustable range of the set screw adjusters. The measured difference in feed belt length was ... read more

  • DELTA DRUM SANDER

    Jun 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: HAS THE DELTA NAME AND SEEMS WELL BUILT
    Cons: POOR DESIGN, EXTREMELY POOR Q.C.

    Summary: As a cabinet builder/ trim carpenter who was trying to increase productivity and reduce costs, I purchased Delta's drum sander specifically for glue-ups, cabinet doors and window sash sanding. I chose delta because of the name and reputation (I have ... read more

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  • Underpowered and slow

    Mar 27, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Good price, great for small width stock. 6" or less and soft wood.
    Cons: underpowered, extremely slow and inefficient.

    Summary: This machine unfortunately is under powered and badly designed. The motor to run the sander will stall at the slightest bit of work applied to it. proving it very difficult to get a good sanded finish. The motor to run the convoy is also under ... read more

  • Worth half the price.

    Mar 12, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Has enough power to handle a variety of work.
    Cons: Finer grit paper tends to fail quickly. Mediocre piece of equipment for Delta.

    Summary: I could tolerate all it's other inconveniences if the feed belt would just track for more than it's usual dozen feet of sanding. It works ok for the short length of time before the feed belt runs to its outer limit and has to be re-adjusted. At the time ... read more

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