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R.J.R. Studios claims their SAND-FLEE portable drum sander is more versatile than an overhead drum sander, is easier to use than a belt sander, and gives you more control than an orbital sander.  It also runs very clean, capturing most of the dust in its base even without a vacuum attached to its 2-1/2″ dust port.

A heavy-duty 1/3 HP Baldor motor runs the 18″ wide sanding drum.  R.J.R. covers the CNC-machined aluminum and steel drum with Velcro for attaching the sandpaper.  With this versatile setup you can install different grits on different parts of the drum to speed up the sanding process.

R.J.R. textures and powder-coats the base, while they plate the 1/4″ steel top with nickel for a smooth and corrosion-resistant finish — it’s also magnetic.  The included  24″ long aluminum fence helps you guide your work over the sanding drum.

The 18″ SAND-FLEE is made in the USA and retails for $750, but you can pick it up at Woodcraft for $630.  You can also buy a SAND-FLEE that mounts on your Shopsmith Mark V for $550.

SAND-FLEE [R.J.R. Studios]
SAND-FLEE [Woodcraft]
SAND-FLEE for Shopsmith [Shopsmith]

 

4 Responses to The SAND-FLEE, Not Just An Annoying Parasite

  1. BadBob says:

    That’s a lot of money for a metal box with a sanding drum in it.

    I was real excited about getting one of these after watching the Shopsmith video several months ago. Then I got a look at the price. You might be able to pick up a used drum sander for this price.

  2. shopmonger says:

    BAdBOb you are rigth about high price but look into other drum sanders and you will see that the flee in the way to bee….. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

    They are a great buy for what they claim? but can they hold up to a serious home shop use…?

  3. Shopmonger says:

    Matt: I agree that this would be a great project for a DIY solution I still haven’t got around to designed on for my shop yet….But soon enough

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