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Forum topic by Peter5 posted 09-28-2010 05:57 PM 2970 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Peter5

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09-28-2010 05:57 PM

Hey everyone, I have a performax 16 32 drum sander that I bought second hand. The problem that I’m having is that the conveyor belt keeps working it’s way towards the outside of the machine. If I don’t continually release the tension and move it back to the inside, the belt starts to tear, and the belts are expensive. I tried running it in the ceramic clips, but those actually seemed to tear the belt more, so I ditched them. Can anyone give me any advice? Thanks!

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com


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#1 posted 09-28-2010 07:01 PM

Yes, to the best of my ability. Is there a trick to check for parallel?

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 07:09 PM

Do you use the ceramic clips? Are they helpful? Is there a trick to using them, or do you just attach them with the magnet under the belt and run the belt into the grooves?

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 09:16 PM

Hi Barry, I have a 16-32 and it will not track that well either, adjusting the rollers by tightening the “leaning to” side will reduce it. Another thing you might try is switching sides of the conveyor belt by removing it and reinstalling. This worked fine last time I tried it.

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 10:36 PM

I got my 16/32 used and the belt was frayed on one edge from rubbing against the guides. The previous owner said it did that no matter how much he adjusted it. I don’t know exactly what he was doing wrong, but by following the instructions in the manual I had it tracking fine in about 10 minutes.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:46 AM

Hi woodnerd,

Do you remember what those instructions said to do? I don’t have a manual, and I’ve tried increasing on the tension on the side it’s moving towards but I’m not having much luck. My belt was frayed (actually, destroyed) when I bought it, so I bought a brand new one and it was destroyed within a couple uses too. I need to figure this out! Thanks everyone for your responses.

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 02:48 PM

I have not had any tracking issues with mine.
I guess it like any belt tracking problem. Not too tight, not too loose, and parallel.
I know, easy for me to say.
Here is a link to the Jet manual. They bought Performax.
Page 16 talks about belt tracking.

http://content.jettools.com/manuals/man_629004K.pdf

Good luck,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 05:37 PM

Steve, thanks for the link! I knew that Jet had bought performax, but I didn’t realize that the two models were completely identical. I read over the manual and I think I’ve got it figured out now- I actually think I might of had too much tension on the belt. Thanks everyone for helping me out, I really appreciate it!

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.petedeeblefurniture.com

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 05:53 PM

Cool. Life is so neat with the internet. I love it.

My Jet came witth a DVD from Performax. So yes, they are the same thing.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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