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06-01-2008 05:36 AM

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I bought a very old heavy duty 42 inch Delta Belt Sander with a 8 inch side disc sander. This thing I think is really old, but I have never had a nicer one. I bought a bunch of belts for this sander at a swap meet awhile back. I used them last year no problem. This year they keep busting on me at the seam. As you can see by this pic, it looks kinda like a bicycle patch for lack of better words,
Photobucket where as store bought ones only hint of a seam. I realized that these looked homemade when I bought them but the deal was way to good to pass up since even broken I can use the sand paper in between scroll cuts.My question is this. My wheels look like this inside my sander. This has never happened before and I have had her almost 3 years. Even last year with theses belts. I am pretty sure it is all related. Perhaps I did not have the belts stored away properly. I think this “seam” is getting hot ? and perhaps this “glue” is coming off on the wheels. How do I get this off my wheels? and should I quit using these belts? It acts like pitch and it does not wipe clean with a little spit! LOL! I did not get any instructions since I bought it used. I have thought perhaps alcohol? but would that dry out these old wheels? Goo Gone, maybe to greasy?
Photobucket I would like to add that I am a fanatic about this particular sander, and I not only vacuum it out ,I use my Air Compressor to blow it out at the end of every day that I use it. Can someone help ? Thank you before hand, I have never been let down since I joined L.J’s.
Photobucket PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 06-01-2008 06:07 AM

Allison, is there abrasive on the other side of that patch, or is it bare? Is that where it is breaking consistently?

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#2 posted 06-01-2008 03:21 PM

That , My Favorite Buddy, is nasty looking. Like TomK asked, ” is it coming apart at the seams?” I don’t use one of these, but I would guess that the pitch build-up on the wheels could tear apart a cheaper belt. The wheels are plastic and should be cleaned with caution. Lots of cleaners can eat the plastic away. The cheaper belts could cause more heat on your wheels making the pitch stick better. Greener wood can do the same thing.

I just noticed the 3M on the belt. It might be one of the better ones around. You “intursia” people are a different breed with different tools. The reason for the lack of replies …. we just don’t know.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#3 posted 06-01-2008 04:17 PM


I have a basement workshop and over the summer it can be a little humid down there. I found that my sanding belts did the same thing after about a year. I attributed it to the dampness.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-01-2008 04:23 PM

Allison, like the other replies, I don’t know for sure. But sanding belts get old and brittle, which is what I think the problem is. I store my sanding belts in sealed plastic bags to keep them from drying out or getting too much moisture. I do know that you can’t re-glue them, I’ve tried.
As for getting the scuz off, if spit works I would just use a damp cloth and elbow grease.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 06-01-2008 04:29 PM

hey allison, i like to use simple green to clean up my tools, it’s nontoxic, it will not eat away at plastic, and it drys fast.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 06-01-2008 06:52 PM

Thanks everybody, As usual I can depend on you all for advice and I thank you!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 12:49 AM

I’m with Lew on this one. Sanding belts is one item I’ve learned not to get too many of at once. Might be different if I lived in the dry southwest, but they get arthritis in their joints from the humidity.

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#8 posted 06-03-2008 01:16 AM

Alison, I would try to get that pully wheel off & as Odie says the plastic needs to be cleaned with caution. I would try a scraper first & some steel wool & soapy water. You could try a tiny amount of paint stripper on an insignificant part of the wheel, if it does no damage it might remove the glue. Otherwise the www has usually got some answers.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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