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Sandra

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08-17-2014 01:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander ridgid

After a few hours in the shop, I got tired so I decided to tidy up. I guess I was more tired than I thought.

I had moved my sander onto my workbench during clean up. I wanted to take the sanding belt assembly off, so I started to turn the spindle knob. Because I had placed the sander on the bench backwards and because I was knackered, I wasn’t turning the SPINDLE knob. I turned the TRACKING knob until something went sproing!

I now have a spring, three washers, a disconnected tracking knob and the actual spindle knob won’t unlock. Remarkably, I didn’t swear.

I set everything on my bench and left. I found a PDF diagram of all the parts, but I don’t see where the spring goes.

Wondering if anyone else has done this? If not, can someone take off the sanding belt and take a picture of the workings from the back of the sander?

Thanks so much.
Sandra

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 02:18 AM

Is this the diagram? If so I see a spring that goes on there. The knob gets a rubber washer then a metal one, goes thru and then another metal washer then the spring.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 02:20 AM

What make and model of sander?
That and/or pictures.

Or you could….
Just buy a new one!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 02:25 AM

I’m referring to item #13 on the diagram.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 02:36 AM

Ahhhh…. The legendary Ridgid OSS!!!
I’d go look at mine, but I’m 400 miles away from it….
Sorry….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 02:39 AM

Randy, she needs to know now. It’s only an 8 hour drive. Get going.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 02:50 AM

I’m out the door as I typ…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 08-17-2014 02:52 AM

Sandra -

Here are some pictures that may help you.


The spring that I think got away from you is the one in this photo.


Here is another look. You can see that little spring under the knob. You can also see the other long spring in this picture. I donʻt think that one got away … did it?

As far as the other knob (the one on the big roller end) being hard to remove … Remember that it is a LEFT HAND thread. RIGHTY lousy and LEFTY tight.

Iʻve had my get stuck too from time to time so this is what I made:


I made it out of a scrap piece of 1/2 inch baltic birch plywood. Any piece of solid wood would work tool


It just slips over the knob and gives you more leverage and a grip to remove a stuck knob.
Just donʻt lose it cause itʻs not very big.

Hope this helps.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#8 posted 08-17-2014 03:07 AM

may have to get some pliers and trun that knob if you over tighen it to much are hard to get off,dont forget to reset your tracking when you find that small spring ,i always for get on those backward threads and over tighten them ,got the same one great sander but makes a lot of dust ,made one of these and almost got rid of all the dust

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 08-17-2014 11:26 AM

What’s a “spinder”?

Oh c’mon guys! You were ALL thinking it! :-)

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#10 posted 08-17-2014 11:55 AM

Technical term there, Joe. It spinder sandpaper round.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#11 posted 08-17-2014 11:56 AM

Had to read it twice. but I get it! FUNNY!

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#12 posted 08-17-2014 12:00 PM

That picture shows where the extension spring( for the drum tensioner) is hooked onto those two flanges with a small hole in each one. The other compression spring goes on the adjusting screw as shown to push the tracking back the other way when you back it out.

..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Sandra

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#13 posted 08-17-2014 01:22 PM

Thank you thank you thank you for the responses. LJs have come to the rescue yet again.

Bill – the diagram I had was the entire sander, the one you posted is much better.
Tyvek – thank you for posting the pictures. It is the small spring, that came off, not the larger one, so I’ll be able to use the diagram and pictures and should be good to go!

After a bit more coffee – I’m off to try the repair.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 08-17-2014 01:32 PM

Joe – that gave me a laugh. Went looking for it, and found it in the title (corrected it). Good thing the power tools were unplugged at that point, I wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Sandra

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#15 posted 08-17-2014 01:54 PM

Well here you have it gents, and thanks again. With less than one cup of coffee in me, I went out to fix it.
Then I discovered that I was missing one of the washers. Well it’s going to be a good day, because I found it in the hose of my shop vac.

As for the spindle knob, I did know which way to turn it, but judging by my incompetence last night, I likely tightened it in my attempt to take it off. Gave it a good twist this morning and it loosened up.

So it looks like I’m up and running. Have a good day.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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