Any easy way to get sanding drum onto rubber spindle?

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Forum topic by Bobsboxes posted 01-24-2012 05:32 AM 1462 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2012 05:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spindle sander sanding drum question

I have a Jet oscalating drum sander and am in the middle of alot of curved sanding and am having a heck of a time tring to get new sanding drums onto spindle. If the old one is wore out, I just tear it off, if it is still good I loosen the nut and put it on cocrete floor and roll it with my foot to loosen the drum from the rubber. And I still have a hard time. The new ones don’t go on any better. I have tryed baby powder on the drums but nothing seems to help? Anyone got any ideas?

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 04:31 AM

How about blowing compressed air between the sleeve and the rubber.

I have the same sander and don’t have any problems.

I’d check to see that the key on the shaft is in the proper groove in the rubber part. My sander was pretty rough a while back, and it ended up that the rubber had turned a bit and the key was slightly out of the groove causing the roller to not be round.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 05:05 AM

I had that problem, called grizzly and they told me to sand the rubber spindle down till the sleeve will go on. Worked like a charm. I glued a piece of 100 grit emery cloth to a 4 in wide board and just held it up against the rubber spindle , checking often , till the sleeve would slide on. snug the nut down again and go. I use mine every day , same spindle , and haven’t had any problems replacing the sleeve for couple years now.

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 05:24 AM

Thanks for the input you guys, now kind of remember that inside the rubber the shaft has a key. Went to shop and looked and the rubber had turned on shaft on the 3” and 2” the ones I was using, thank you.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 05:44 AM

I have put them in the freezer for a while. The rubber contracts and stiffens. That sometimes works. I did do as Grizzly suggested ans sanded the rubber cylinders slightly and that solved the problem completely.

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