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Forum topic by Jamasiah posted 04-05-2012 04:58 PM 3660 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-05-2012 04:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sand paper belts breaking snapping seamless sanding belts question

why dosent any one make seamless sanding belts?
why are so many woodworkers content with finding diffrent uses for sanding belts that have snapped a the seam?
i can honestly say i have never fully used a 4×24 sanding belt, they have all snapped at the seam.
i live in Belize and we have high humidity and a climate that destroys most things with times so i figure its more of a problem for me than most. i know belts have a shelf life and its based on the seam. just wondering why they dont make them without seams and more importantly why people dont make more noise about it.

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 06:54 PM

Might be because making a seamless belt would be much more expensive than the seamed variety. IIRC, the belts I’ve used have had an arrow showing the “correct” rotation direction. I can’t recall ever having a problem when I had the arrow traveling in the right direction.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 07:28 PM

I use 4×24 all the time. Make sure the arrow is pointing he correct way.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 07:31 PM

I’m not even sure how you could manufacture that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 07:46 PM

the ones with arrows are always pointing in the right direction, some have no arrows, the problem is when the belts get old. i have 10 boxes of belts that last less than a minute on the sander before they pop.(all at the seam).
i know its beacause they are a copule years old but without the seam there would be no need for a shelf life.
i dont know how to manufacture it either but i bet if the companys that makes them felt a need to they would figure it out.:) thanks fo the input.

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 07:47 PM

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 08:54 PM

Wanna buy some REALLY crappy Woodstock belts? Pay for shipping and they’re yours.
I’m gonna try Klingspor next.


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#7 posted 04-06-2012 01:05 AM

Online industrial supply Aluminum Oxide Sanding Belts are the ones popping currently.
Don’t remember the name of the ones before those, I was thinking it was just the seam but it may be the brand.(i search out the cheapest)
Does anyone living in a tropical environment have any suggestions?
I am asking people in similar Environments because some plastic turns to crayon here.
thanks everyone

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 03:31 AM

a1Jim, Have you tried that tape? That is a great tip if it works. The pricy drive belt on my Jet drum sander needs this right now! Is that an office supply item?I’ve tried strapping tape and it seems stout enough but the adhesive doesn’t stick to the sanding belts well enough. It doesn’t break, it just turns loose.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 03:46 AM

I need to try that tape. I bought a bunch of 3X21 belts at flea market last summer really cheap. I got what I paid for. The first three popped and broke before they ever touched wood while adjusting them. I went back to the brand I was using before. I was hoping to find some way to repair or prevent the cheap ones from being a total waste of money. I won’t buy cheap tools so I don’t know why I bought these belts. I usually know better. Thanks for the info!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#10 posted 04-07-2012 06:53 AM

Good luck,norton brand for me,i have good results.

-- BiLL @wee3

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