I had a professional equipment maintenance guy fix my Time Saver drum years ago. This is a new drum and itís scarred again. We are too tight on money to have a professional do it, so we will have to do it ourselves. This is what I remember of the process:
1. We had to bypass a couple of safeties in the machine to get it to run without the feed belt in operation.
2. We made a wood platen the width of the machine out of 3/4" MDF and glued 150 grit or so paper to it.
3. We ran the machine and raised the clamp and secured a piece of MDF up into the drum. So the drum was basically dressed running by contacting the sandpaper on the MDF.
Is that about it? Any tricks or safety issues?
(Solid Wood Machining Forum)
From contributor P:
We did what you described and it worked well. I don't remember having any problem.
We made the 3/4 MDR full width and the length of the feed belt. We then took a piece and screwed to do the back side of the 3/4 to let it hand over the out feed side of the machine. Just in case it grabbed it and tried to pull it in, which it did.
We did it with two people. One lowering the machine by the hand crank and another watching with his hand on the Estop.
Once we got rid of the scares, we changed the paper to 220 grit to make sure the drum was clean. I am sure there is at least 1/2" of material left on the drum.
We then reset our platen just below the front wheel. Once we were happy with the cut, we took an allen wrench and reset the digital scale on the side of the machine for depth of cut.
All and all it was fairly simple. Donít get in a hurry or you will mess something up. It seems a bit scary at first, but the machine ran smoothly and it did not create any problems. We stopped every couple of minutes to suck the rubber drum bits from inside the machine, so we would not end up cutting them again.
Very happy with the overall result. We now have a flat drum. We are sure the machine is calibrated side to side for a dead even cut, and the scale is correct again.