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Forum topic by Sandra posted 03-19-2013 01:55 PM 1684 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 01:55 PM

Ack. For those of you who own one, I have a question.

I just got this last week. After less than an hour of using the belt assembly, the sander stalled. Once I reset the breaker, I took off the belt assembly vacuumed out all the sawdust and took a look. I took the fan off and did the same. Put the fan back on, and started it up without the belt assembly. It started making the dreaded wagga wagga wagga sound and the motor shaft was barely turning. I let it cool down for a bit, tried again, same thing.

I’m not that mechanically inclined, but I’m an instruction reader and I double checked the set up and it’s all fine.
It appears to me that the motor shaft has seized up.

Is there something I might be missing before I march it back to the store???
(I’m having flashbacks to my bandsaw purchasing fiasco…..)


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 02:17 PM

Sandra, that happened with mine too. First time I turned it on to make sure the belt was aligned went fine. next time it just hummed and the I saw some white smoke. I brought it back (less than 24 hours after I bought it) and swapped it for another. My current one has worked flawlessly for about 6 months now.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 02:22 PM

Thanks juneb – I’ll head in today. Just went out to the shop to try it again. Same thing. No smoke, but the burnt rubber smell.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 04:24 PM

If it’s that new with limited use it needs to go back.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 04:36 PM

I don’t think you’re missing anything, sounds like a lemon. I have had one for years, it has worked flawlessly, and I love it. Best of luck!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 05:16 PM

Before driving back to the storetake belt off. See if you can turn the motor free hand?. Belt should havr some slack in it when setting it up?

WOW! Hope your tool karma gets better.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 05:57 PM

If it won’t run, it’s no fun.
Smells like burning? Time to be returning.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 11:17 PM

Well I put a bit of wD40 at the base of the motor shaft and let it sit.
After 10 minutes, I turned it on, and it ran properly for about 5 minutes, then seized again.

Back to the store tonight, exchanged it no problem. Used up my shop time though, will get to it tomorrow.

On the poop scale, this wasn’t too bad. Just one extra trip to town.

Hopefully the new, new one if fine.


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 12:01 AM

You got a dud. It happens. Mine has been solid and is definitely up there on the list of my favorite tools


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#9 posted 03-20-2013 12:18 AM

Don’t forget to mail off the bar code, store receipt, and whatever else (don’t remember it all) for the LSA agreement

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 03-20-2013 12:27 AM

sorry to hear about your sander bought mine about a month ago and i love it.hope your new new one turns out better!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 03-20-2013 02:56 AM

Dang Sandra- First yer new bandsaw, now your sander. Maybe you need to call the local “Exorcist” to come wave a wand over yer shop!

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

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#12 posted 03-20-2013 03:09 AM

Yeah – maybe bad luck, or maybe I’m buying too much and the law of averages state that…
Nope. Must be luck.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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