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Forum topic by Vest posted 255 days ago 1159 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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255 days ago

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Can anyone help? I have a Delta 31-250 drum sander my wife bought for me used for Christmas. Ever since I got it a week ago it has been hard to get the feed belt to lift and lower. I have cleaned the gears and oiled the screws. No help though. Last night was using it and went to crank the feed belt up and it just clicked. Knew something had striped. Looked and it looks like the gear on the end of the shaft that moves it up and down has striped. I have tried to find a replacement gear with no luck. Got to reading other posts and see a lot of people have had this problem. They don’t make a replacement gear for it. Can anyone tell me a way to fix this please. This thing was for Christmas and hasn’t even made it to Christmas.


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#1 posted 255 days ago

I also bought a used one that had the same problem. I took it to a Delta repair center, maybe 5 years ago, and they were able to fix it. It cost almost as much to fix as I paid for it, but it has been okay since then. FWIW

-- Art

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#2 posted 255 days ago

Thanks Art . Do you remember how much it cost? Also did they replace it with the same plastic gears? I know Grizzly has the same set up on there drum sander but with metal gears and chain.

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#3 posted 255 days ago

i currently have one…. and it works good as a sander… but the adjusting SUCKS!!

the grizzly uses the same setup but with metal gears and chains verses the belt and cogged gears.

my trick is i keep a pair of pliers with mine and if you giggle the adjusting handle, and figure out which way the bearing spin, you can put a pair of pliers on the the bearings closest to the hand wheel and by using one hand to spin the hand wheel, you can use the other to grab hold of the bearing and twist with pliers..

i only mentioned the grizzly because if you want to overhaul the bottom end, maybe you can buy all the metal stuff and get it working…
i just use a combination of the pliers and hand wheel and it works great…. (some would say jankey but i say who cares. )

-- David Henley

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#4 posted 254 days ago

Vest, I am sorry but I don’t recall the gory details. I suspect that they used the standard Delta “hard” ware, i.e. plastic. I think the repair was about $400. I know I paid $500 for it so it wasn’t a very good experience in buying used tools. I haven’t bought anything used since then and probably never will.

-- Art

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Vest

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#5 posted 254 days ago

Yeah I hear ya Art on the buying used. I had been wanting a drum sander though. We couldn’t afford a new 1 and this was the best could be done. I contacted a Delta repair shop that is 100 miles away from me today. They said they can’t get the part. They said something was going on with Delta that they can’t hardly get any parts from Delta. Hope someone can give me a idea of how I can fix it. If not guess I know what I want already for next Christmas( not a Delta though). Thanks Shannon Vest

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#6 posted 254 days ago

Seems like we’ve been down this road before on LJ. – at least the same sander, if not the same part.

Not one single part on that sander was invented just for Delta, it’s all just standard gears and cogs and rods and belts and bubble-gum. If you find a diagram, and post it here with a circle around the part that is broke, along with a picture of the actual broken piece on your machine, then perhaps we can track down a replacement part somewhere else. It might take a bit of googling or binging or even a yahoo or two, but if we succeed then it will be cheaper than buying a new drum sander.

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#7 posted 254 days ago

And while you’re out taking pics and looking for diagrams, check out this thread on another forum in an internet far-far away:

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?203150-Delta-18-36-Sander-Owners-A-Must-Read

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#8 posted 254 days ago

I had the same gear (if not the same model or part number) break on my sander right after I first got it some 15-years ago. Got the replace part with a new shaft and haven’t had any more problems. It looks like JustJoe has the solution—maybe all of us who own this sander ought to consider ordering the parts to have on hand as cheap insurance. A big thank you to JustJoe for his reference.

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#9 posted 254 days ago

O.K. don’t know how to put the picture up on here . If you look up a Delta drum sander model 31-250 on ereplacement parts it will be part 55 and 61. Would really appreciate any help you can give me Just Joe. Sorry I am sorry for being so computer illiterate . Part 61 looks like it might be ok. Part 55 is striped though. I figure replace part 61 for good measure. Thanks so much all of you.

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#10 posted 254 days ago

Yes, it looks like the link up in post #7 has a working solution – a $14 part from Boston Gears, a $3 bushing from your local hardware store and a bit of drilling. That is probably the quickest solution and the one most guaranteed to work.

But if you want to try and buy it, and hope that the replacement isn’t the same piece-o-crap that the original was, then these guys say they still sell it. But since the wait time is 1-2 weeks you might want to confirm that they actually can get it. It’s the entire assembly.
http://www.toolpartspro.com/delta-parts/delta-31-255x-type-2-parts/406134060001-gearshaft-assy.html

The other gear (61) is probably still good but if you think you need it:
http://www.toolpartsdirect.com/cgi-bin/parttools.cgi/406130510007

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#11 posted 254 days ago

Hey thanks so much Just Joe. You sure are a life saver or should I say money saver. Thanks a lot. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me . Thanks again Shannon Vest

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#12 posted 253 days ago

Shannon, did you get the manual for the sander with it? Getting the table parallel to the drum is an experience, and you’ve probably got yours a little catywampus when the gear broke.

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#13 posted 253 days ago

Look up the Grizzly drum sander, download the manual. There is a good view from the underside of the height adjustment sprockets and chain…GO458 18-36. I have that sander.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 253 days ago

You might also check here. I have had good luck getting parts at this place:

http://www.ereplacementparts.com/delta-31250-type-drum-sander-parts-c-3275_3512_3539.html

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Vest

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#15 posted 253 days ago

Yeah got the manual with it. I got to use it some before the gear striped. It seemed good and even. I will check it though with a square. Thanks Fred Hargis. Mike Henderson I have looked at the Grizzly sander. I thought about trying to replace everything to raise and lower the infeed with the gears and chain that Grizzly uses. I figure if all else fails I will end up buying another 1 tax season. Also thanks Chuck I have already checked at ereplacement parts. They don’t have it. Just Joe has sent me in the right direction for the parts though.

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