Performax/Jet 10-20 Drum Sander Maintenance

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Forum topic by Shopguy posted 09-04-2013 07:28 AM 1823 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 07:28 AM

I recently acquired a Performax 10-20 drum sander from a friend. The sander was manufactured in 2003 and I am the third owner.

I have been cleaning and adjusting the sander and have some questions regarding maintenance of the sander.

I have tracking issues with the platen belt as most owners have experienced. I acquired the ceramic trackers and installed them but have found they do not solve the tracking problem. I carefully adjusted the belt tension screws be equal but the belt wanders toward the motor. Even reversed the belt but same problem. There was tape residue on the rear tension roller that I cleaned with mineral spirits. Has anyone tried to crown the tracking roller with tape to see whether this will cure the tracking issue? My 6×48 Delta belt sander idler drum is crowned to assist in belt tracking and works.

I also have problems with the pressure roller bars not turning freely and hanging up in contact with the sander drum. I have blown out the saw dust and sprayed WD40 on the roller bars bronze bearings. The roller bars no longer hang up but the roller bars, particularly the rear one, do not turn freely. Should they free wheel?

The design of the sander does not easily allow for the removal of the pressure bars to clean and lubricate the bearings or to replace the roller bars. The bolts holding the left end bearing of the sander also hold the brackets for the pressure rollers.

I would appreciate hearing from Perfomax/Jet drum sander owners has to how they solved the above issues and what they do for monthly maintenance to keep the sander in alignment.

Roger in Texas

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 01:26 AM

I have that same drum sander and have fought the tracking since the day I bought it (new). I think that you will just have to constantly tweak the tracking as I haven’t found a cure. And the Jet tech wasn’t able to help either.

WD40 isn’t the best lubricant. I use Break Free on all my bearings and it works much longer. My rollers turn fairly easily but don’t spin (“free wheel”).

As far as maintenance, I just try to keep all the dust blown out of all areas of my sander.

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

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