Help needed. Clip broke on ryobi drum sander wds1600

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Forum topic by applewood posted 12-25-2013 06:16 PM 2388 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2013 06:16 PM

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I have a ryobi drum sander which i received for free from a friend. It was a great sander! But a year ago the clip to hold the paper broke and i found the parts on however here i am a year later with no clips. I have tried to replace the clips with Velcro but it does not work very well. Has anyone out there had a similar issue and found a solution to the problem? I have tried looking for a sander online but this model is discontinued and i have not found a used one for sale. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 11:07 AM

I have the same sander, and also have two clips on backorder with Did you disassemble your sander? I took the bolts off that hold the bearings in place, and cannot get them to break free of the drum shaft. If they’re a press fit, I’m probably going to have to make a custom puller (ugh!) My clip is still working, but I notice the hinge pin is getting loose, so it’s only a matter of time before mine goes. From what I can tell, I’m one of the lucky ones so far… when it works, it’s a terrific sander!

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 01:02 AM

That fiber reinforced strapping tape will work to hold your paper on until a clip is found.

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

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#3 posted 06-04-2014 01:58 AM

Hi all; newbie here. I’ve just registered having just discovered the forum while looking for help with my Ryobi WDS1600. I have the same problem as others (on other forums too): the clip on the right side of the drum has fallen out and I cannot remove the drum to repair/replace the clip, so I cannot fasten on a new strip of sandpaper. Tom Huntley: Did you figure out how to remove the drum? I have the original owner’s manual but it is only about 8 pages of adjustment and trouble-shooting instructions (but I’d gladly scan and share it if someone needs it). I need a service manual or at least instructions on how to remove the drum or otherwise how to replace the clip. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you very much.

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#4 posted 06-04-2014 02:39 AM

I never ended up separating the bearings from the frame. Using my iPhone, I was able to get a good photo of the mechanism to see how it worked. From the photo, I determined that the tab that locks the paper in place was probably .010” too short, so I have since used contact adhesive to laminate a second 1” piece of sanding paper at the tip where it’s inserted into the clamp. Everything works perfectly now. I did order the clamping mechanism on line (actually I ordered 2), but the parts schematic does not identify the secondary clip, or the spring and pin associated with it. I maintain a good relationship with a long term friend that has a machine shop….just in case.

Good luck on getting those bearing cases out of the frame. I tried banging on them with a long rod that went through the drum. No luck! Be sue to post anything positive so we can keep our Ryobi sanders alive. When mine works correctly, I love it.

-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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