Performax 16-32 tracking problem

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Forum topic by spkwms posted 09-05-2011 04:58 PM 1822 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2011 04:58 PM

I recently purchased a used Performax 16-32 Drum Sander which included a new uninstalled feed belt. I installed the new belt according to instructions and now can not prevent the belt from tracking to the outboard side of the table. I removed and reversed the belt to check if it would then track to the inboard side of the table. It still tracked to the outboard side. The belt is a factory Performax ireplacement not a generic brand. Only solution I can think of is the belt is fairly stiff and requires time to become flexible or unit does not have the Performax track guide kit. If any one has experienced this problem and/or has a solution I would be grateful for your reply.

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 05:54 PM

If it is like my 22-44, it will have a flat head screw with a nut on each side of the table on the outfeed side, tighten the screw on the opposite side it is tracking to. It takes some time to get used to the adjustment and it may have to be done periodically.

run it at slow speed to start, then increase speed until it does not run off either side. very slight adjustments are required, then run it for a minute or two.

All the best!

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 05:16 AM

Jusfine – I think you have that backwards. Tighten the screw on the side the belt is tracking towards and loosen the screw on the other side the same amount. Dont tighten or loosen more than 1/4 turn at a time. Let the machine run for several minutes before making more adjustments. I had Hell getting mine to stay “tracked” once adjusted until I called Jet and they sent me a different brand of drive belt [not the brand it came with!]. It was very tedius getting it right but it has stayed pretty true with occasional tweaking needed. I hate the little wrenches that came attached to the screws so I cut them off and use a T handled Allen wrench now.

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