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Forum topic by ChrisCrafts posted 05-03-2011 07:49 AM 3045 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2011 07:49 AM

I am looking for help from anyone who may have a Delta 31-255X 18/36 Drum Sander. I blew out the drive belt on mine and they are backordered from Delta until June 3rd. I have attempted every source I could come up with and haven’t been able to get one anytime soon.

I have a huge project I am starting that I really need the sander for. If anyone can send me the size of the Drive Belt it would be fantastic! It’s the belt that drives the drum and connects to the motor. If I can get a reasonably close replacement from NAPA I am hoping I can squeeze through until I can get a genuine replacement.

Thanks in advance!

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com


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#1 posted 05-03-2011 08:36 AM

Are you talking about the Surpintine belt on the side of the drum? If so, I have the older 31-250 so I don’t know if it’s the exact same size but when mine broke several years ago, I took the old broken belt to Kragen Auto Parts and they measured it and gave me the closest they could find. It was several years ago so I don’t recall the brand or size but take it to a couple of Auto Parts and give it a try. I planned on getting a genuine Delta replacement one day but it has held strong for at least 8 years now.

-- John

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 08:53 AM

Yes the belt on the side. Sadly when I say blew out I mean burned out as in it melted and broke so there is no way I can figure out the size it was. It ended up being about 8 inches long and most of it was about a quarter inch wide. Thank God I have a AFS1000B or my Shop would still smell of burned rubber.

I think it is actually the same belt though! I would be forever grateful if you could see if the make and model are still visible, or if you can figure out the length and width of the belt.

This is the belt I need

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 08:57 AM

I’ll look at it tomorrow after work and measure it for you. You could also use a sewing tape (Cloth Tape) to measure the length. Maybe it’ll have a brand name on it and numbers still visible.

-- John

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 08:58 AM

Is there a tensioner on it? If so then you might be able to use a string to approximate the length and hopefully the tensioner will cancel out any difference.

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#5 posted 05-03-2011 09:04 AM

I’ve ordered from this place, they’re great.

http://www.mikestools.com/406-13-133-0004-Delta-Drive-Belt-for-31-250.aspx

Chris, after looking at the like you posted for your belt, I can see that there is a big difference. Look at the link I posted and you will see what I mean.

-- John

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#6 posted 05-03-2011 09:15 AM

Hey that out to work. I think I have just the thing to measure it out tomorrow.

I buy all my parts through Ron Bechen, he has an eBay store and has either had in hand or gotten me everything I have ever needed. From 30 year old Bandsaw Tensioners to new Powermatic Bandsaw Fences. He already has it on order for me, I just don’t want to put off my project for 2-3 weeks.

Thanks to all the kind LJ’s for their kind words and helpful insights.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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#7 posted 05-04-2011 05:16 AM

Here is another place to order parts for the Drum Sander, I just ordered a belt and they had them in stock and shipped it today.

M&M Tool

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 05-04-2011 07:23 AM

Chris, the replacement belt from the auto center didn’t have any visible markings on it but the link I provided has them in stock also. Hope it works out for you.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-04-2011 09:22 AM

Yep, John, thanks for the link and the revised part number. The dashes lead to a great deal more suppliers. I ordered one from Mike’s this evening. Gonna need it too! I spent the day milling out all my rough lumber and without a planer I really need to use my sander. Face jointing really only works on one side of the board.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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