|Forum topic by LJackson||posted 45 days ago||502 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
45 days ago
I purchased a nice selection of older Sears Craftsman woodworking tools several years back. I do not know exactly how old these tools are, but I’m thinking at least from the 80’s, if not older. I was able to obtain the manuals for all of them, and any missing parts.
The Belt and Disc Sander, model 113.225801 that I bought has an issue with tracking the sanding belt. This model has two 1/2 inch screws on either side of the belt to adjust tensioning, and two additional 1/2 inch screws to lock that tension in place.
I can get it tensioned and tracking after some fiddling and then lock that in. The problem is that after a few minutes (or less) of sanding, the belt starts to slide one direction or another. I have to unscrew the locking screws and readjust the tensioning. The manual states that if it is difficult to get the sanding belt to track, then I should increase the tension. I have done that, and it does not help. Eventually, I end up with the tension so strong that the motor can’t turn the belt.
One woodworking forum suggested wrapping the center of the tensioning cylinder with electrical tape. I might try that, though it sounds counter intuitive. It seems like that would make the center diameter larger, and cause the belt to desire to slip off to one side or the other. If they had said to wrap electrical tape on either end, that would make more sense to me, as then the belt would be encouraged to stay in the center.
If anyone has experience with this type of machine, and can give me tips on how to keep the belt aligned on it while I use it, I would appreciate it.