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Hello fellow LJ’s, I ent to an estate sale yesterday that had a ton of woodworking machines yesterda and came across this old cast iron Craftsman belt sander.
The sander not only has a belt but it also has a 9” disc, there were alot of sanding discs with it, they are not adhesive backed and i was wondering how they stuck those in the day. Any ideas would be helpful. I was ging to post a pic of it but i am not sure of how to do that in the forum. T

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#1 posted 1138 days ago

I seem to recall that some of the old disc sanders used a heat-activated adhesive stick. You would turn on the machine, press the stick against the rotating plate to get some adhesive on it, then turn off the machine and apply the disc.

I don’t know if that stuff is still made. Maybe a spray adhesive would work.

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#2 posted 1137 days ago

That is probably what i will do i also thought about trying to find some self adhesive pads but i hate to waste the nes that came with it and they are much thicker and heavier than what we see today.

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#3 posted 1137 days ago

Spray adhesive, and you’ll enjoy the job of changing the disks (wink, wink).


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#4 posted 1137 days ago

Does your sander look anything like this one?

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#5 posted 1137 days ago

Thanks Hal,
Yep that looks like it lol. Thing runs like you just took it out of the box. I am guessing it may have come with a different frame at one time. This fellow had retrofitted alot of his machines but i tell ya they were selling some of his work there yesterday and i have to say it was good work

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#6 posted 1137 days ago

I remember it just like charles described. The adhesive came in a tube that was about 1.5 inches in diameter. You turned the disc on and usually started int he center and rubbed it to the outside. Then you took the sading disc and applied it over the fresh adhesive. it was done. We cleaned them with a clean scrap board and rubbed the disc the same way…then applied new adhesive.

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#7 posted 1137 days ago

My father had the very same machine, I used it a lot myself. I remember the tubes, you peeled the wrap off it as you used it

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#8 posted 848 days ago

Hi Guys, I need a hand with this same model sander. Mine is a Craftsman 113.12193. Can any of you explain in detail how to get the disk or the guard off so that the belt can be changed?

Thanks, Eric

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#9 posted 848 days ago

113.12193 is the part # of the motor, is there another number somewhere on the body of the sander, possibly under the bed?

I would imagine it would be similar to a bench grinder, in that you spin the disc while holding the shaft in place. Judging by the arrow on your machine, I would try hold the motor shaft and spinning the disc counter-clockwise. The shroud screws should be behind the disc, accessible once it’s out of the way.

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