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Forum topic by ryanschneider posted 01-21-2013 11:07 AM 1039 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2013 11:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander

I have a 1980s craftman belt sander and i stopped working today. I took it apart ad it is not the power source, trigger, oil, or belt from motor to back wheel.

It looked as if one of the two magnet near the motor had become lose, so I super glued it back on to where it looked liked it had come off.

The sander now works much slower then it should and it looks as if the magnets are sparking/arching electricity

What should I do, is there an easy way to tell how close there magnets need to be, or is it more complicated

thank you
ryan schneider

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 05:21 PM

Throw it away or, buy another and save the old one for parts – like I did with the same problem.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 07:46 PM

I basically agree with Druid666. It’s not worth the time or money to fix it. Sad, but we live in a disposable society. Your sander is likely a 3”. Use this as an opportunity to upgrade to a 4” (x 24”).

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 07:48 PM

Have you checked the brushes? If they are the culprit, that’s a cheap, easy fix.

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#4 posted 01-26-2013 10:04 PM

I want to say it is the brushes. I currently have them in / 0 \ against the motor. Can someone please confirm that they should be – 0 – against the motor with the spring all the way in.

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