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Forum topic by Edwin posted 1233 days ago 1390 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Edwin

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1233 days ago

I just got a Sears 48” x 6” belt sander & 9” disc and of course its a floor model… Its an old one… It came with mice condos My question is this… It doesn”t seem to have a belt tensioner on it …I Was wondering does any of you LJ’S have any input on this,,, Let me know…. Thanx Ed in port Republic 08241

-- Ed Port Republic


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#1 posted 1233 days ago

I have the same one. The belt tensioner is up by the front (top) roller. A bolt to tighten and a cam to set the tension located on each side. Kinda a pain to get it tracking straight, careful not to overtighten and pop the belt. I get belts from Lowes, they seem to be the only place I can walk in and buy one. They only carry the 80 grit, and if your looking where they keep all the others you’re looking in the wrong isle. Don’t know why they do that. The disc you’ll have to go back to Sears and order them.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Edwin

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#2 posted 1232 days ago

Thank you Darrell… I think I will post a picture of this of this contraption in the next couple of days…Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work I go.. Ed in Port Republic

-- Ed Port Republic

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Edwin

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#3 posted 1222 days ago

Darrell…Well I got that belt sander running and yes it is a pain to get the belt tracking properly… The first time I turned it on the belt went the wrong way inboard towards the cover and started to tear up the belt… Luckily I was able to turn it off real fast and only tore up maybe a inch or so of the belt…Took me a couple more trys but I finnally got it right…Hi Ho Hi Ho Its off…...
Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

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TheOldTimer

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#4 posted 1222 days ago

Edwin: I also have the same sander which I bought too many years ago to admit. Devann nailed the adjustment right on, You need to make very fine adjustments while the machine is running. The first time I adjusted the belt I tore up the dust port. The belt cut right thru the plastic. I only use mine for edge sanding and sanding parts that are too small for the drum sander.
I have got a lot of use out of this machine thru the years and it still works fine. I buy all my belts from Industrial Supply. They are very nice people to deal with. You can find them and other dealers on the web. By the way, just tension the belts just enough that they will not slip while sanding. You will get longer life out of the belts and releave pressure on the bearings.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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Edwin

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#5 posted 1222 days ago

Thanks OLDTimer So it has to be running to fine ajust it… I Hadn’t figureed that out yet…Thank you for your input…Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

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