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Forum topic by David Milton posted 10-20-2013 05:12 PM 2136 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Milton

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10-20-2013 05:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ryobi table sander belt and disc sander malfunction wont turn on how to fix my sander

i bought a ryobi belt and disc sander about a month ago. it worked fine, and did a really fantastic job. however, last night, when i was just about finished with a nice piece of curly maple burl, i was ready to put the finishing shaping on it with the belt and disc sander. i flipped the switch, and it made a popping sound, and died. anyone have any idea how i might fix this? im not sure if it takes a fuse that i can replace, or if i need to replace the entire motor, or what.

-- David Milton colville washington norwoodorigins@gmail.com


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Loco

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 05:28 PM

Often that crap uses a fusible link ( thin wire that burns first). If it’s beyond warranty, take it apart and look for a flat shaped wire missing the middle section. The really sad ending is where to take it for repair ???. Maybe a computer repair or appliance guy. Usually they just get tossed out.

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 05:45 PM

1-800-525-2579
www.ryobitools.com

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 09:18 PM

i pulled the power switch out (as advised by www.ryobitools.com customer support) and when i undid the plastic clips that mount the starter relay to the switch the two little metal connector pieces came out. now i can figure out how to put them back in, and ryobi customer service is no help. any light to shed on this subject?

-- David Milton colville washington norwoodorigins@gmail.com

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 09:10 PM

cant figure out how to put them back in

-- David Milton colville washington norwoodorigins@gmail.com

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 09:13 PM

Do you have a pic? Or a diagram of the switch?
My cr@psman 6×48 sander blew the switch last year and when I disassembled it for replacement I don’t remember seeing “two little metal connector pieces.” I did have one little metal strip, that had broken off another little metal strip, and that was the reason the switch was dead.

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#6 posted 10-26-2013 06:02 AM

i figured it out. after all the asking around via internet, and phone calls, all it took was looking at it in the orange glow of the sunset. for some reason the color of the light made it where i could see how the whole thing went together. haha. thanks for the input though.

-- David Milton colville washington norwoodorigins@gmail.com

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 02:40 PM

So is this tool running again?.......... I bought one of these in 2003 and used it a LOT. I was given another just like it that kept throwing belts so I consulted the manual and diagram and the drawing was in error so I applied some common sense to the belt installation and fixed the problem. I used these two sanders for years before upgrading to a 6” belt sander. I sold the 4” sanders to a friend and he still uses them…............... Some call this sander “crap” but I had very good service from mine.

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 03:05 PM

Mine kept shredding the belts. I thought the first was faulty so bought two replacements. Put the first on and checked the adjustments as best I could and after half a dozen uses it shredded the second one. Took a closer look and tried to re-align the geared pulleys, put the third on and it shredded after about a week.

Gave up on that, went to princess auto, bought two smooth pulleys about the same size as the other, went to Lee-Valley and bought a couple of feet of the adjustable linking drive belt, assembled it all and it has worked great ever since.

I agree with Jim Finn, yes it was inexpensive but you know, I am not a professional and use it for hobby type things and it is perfectly fine. I bought their band saw and drill press with the sander as a package and all work well for what I use them for.

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 06:22 PM

It’s getting to the point where HF machinery is better then Ryobi, I’ve had more faults with my ryobi equipment then any other of my machines, I’m slowly weeding them all out still have a few more to go, as the break I just replace them with better equipment.

I’m assuming David it’s back up and working, I was wondering if it has brushes that could quite possibly go bad.

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#10 posted 10-28-2013 05:45 AM

Wait, whaat—- I JUST BOUGHT one of those Ryobis tonight and haven’t even gotten it out of the box yet. Are you all saying it’s crap and I should take it back? Or maybe just rejoice that I got the extended warranty?

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 09:51 PM

hi,

i bought the ryobi belt and disc sander 1 day ago, and i suspect here is something wrong. i used it for about 6 hours and it worked perfectly. then with all the dust around the machine, i moved the belt into vertical position, took the belt off and dusted it clean. when i put it back to its original position, and turned it on, it ran fine but as i started to place an object to sand on the belt, the machine started to vibrate. its a rattling kind of sound that does not sound too good for the machine at all. has anyone else had a similar problem and how would i proceed to fix this?

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