|Review by Blackie_||posted 08-08-2014 01:00 PM||3589 views||0 times favorited||28 comments|
Anything less then the top name brands you are taking a gamble, some have good luck and some don’t, Myself I’ve to this day with all of the machinery that I’ve purchased from HF have had less then good luck as a matter of fact I’ve wasted more money buying crap from Harbor Freight then if I had just purchased the top name brand tools to begin with… With saying all of this you’d thunk I would’ve learned my lesson by now well this belt sander is the one that put the nail in the coffin for me and HF machinery, it doesn’t mean I’ll stop shopping there it means I’ll be more selective as to what I’m buying but again HF doesn’t always have the best deals or bargains over HD or Lowes either.
Two separate units in review same model number, actually this model number deserves 0 stars but 1 star was my only option.
The first two pictures show the first unit with the broke weld, the last pictures is showing the second unit I purchased where I am using picture frame wire to keep tension on the roller to keep the belt centered since the knob doesn’t work.
Ok on to the review, I will be reviewing on two of the same models, the first model 93981 I purchased lasted about a year and a half before the tension / tracking knob weld broke away from the roller housing thus it became scrap metal as there was no way to tighten the tracking nor to keep tension on the belt anymore as the tension leaver also became useless, plus it lacked in power. The second 93981 model I purchased right after the first crapped out it came with more power but the belt tracking tension knob doesn’t work, once installing the belt and adding tension to the belt with the leaver to tighten it on the rollers then with the knob adjusted to try and center the belt well lets just say there is no centering the belt as with the knob adjusted completely the opposite direction to move the belt off to the right side of the roller the belt still moves to the left so I had to use picture frame wire tying it to the tracking knob bracket and then stringing the wire to a bolt head located on the bottom side of the sander housing and adding more tension pulling the knob down does it then center the belt on the roller, since I have found a solution to keep it working for now I’ll continue using it this way but from now on no more HF machinery for me, I’m done!
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