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Forum topic by Darin Starr posted 12-30-2014 04:09 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Darin Starr

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12-30-2014 04:09 PM

Morning all-

I picked this up for versatility (liked the belt sander option as well) and have used it just a bit so far and seems like a good fit for my shop. I have experienced a fair bit of slip with the sanding disks over the rubber wheel though, sometimes even without applying much pressure at all. Is there something I can put on the wheel or the inside of the sanding discs to reduce this?

Thanks!


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Tomoose

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 04:19 PM

Usually there is a nut that you tighten on top of the spindle that squeezes and expands the rubber part of the spindle. That provides the grip to the sanding sleeve. I dont have this exact tool, but the ones I have used worked that way.

Good luck,
Tom

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 04:20 PM

Do you have the washer installed, on top of the drum?
I just tighten the hold down nut, until the slippage goes away.

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

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Darin Starr

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 04:28 PM

Interesting – I have used the tightening nut but didn’t go very tight with it – just enough to hold things in place. I’ll try going a little tighter with it and see what it does. Probably says something like that in the instructions ;)

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iminmyshop

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 04:51 PM

The nut at the top of the drum does not tighten the sanding disc in place so much as balance where it sits. Too much one way and it rides up, too much the other way and it rides down. It takes a just little bit of experimentation to get it balanced just right

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revanson11

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 05:02 PM

Are you talking about the belt sander of the spindle sander. The belt sander is tightened by the sliding tension lever. One direction releases the tension the other direction sets the tension. The knob you are adjusting is to position the belt upon the roller. Whereas with the spindle sander you need to use the proper washers, one at the bottom of the shaft and one at the top of the rubber insert. I have experienced problems with using Diablo replacement sanding spindles as they don’t tighten up very good.

-- Randy, Central MN

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Darin Starr

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 07:02 PM

Thanks guys, I added a washer (2 actually) to the top and tightened them down, that fixed it. Now I can apply as much pressure as I need to without any slip.

Thanks again!

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 07:19 PM

Have fun making saw dust!!!
Carry on….

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

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