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Forum topic by gscott40 posted 06-01-2009 11:16 PM 4236 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2009 11:16 PM

Just taking a shot in the dark….I have a Powermatic 1632 Open end belt sander (small wide belt sander) that I have had for a number of years. A couple of years ago I started having tracking problems and have been able to solve them…temporarily…but now I can’t get the %$#@*&^ thing to track at all. Belt comes right off. So the shot in the dark is ..does anyone own one of these that knows about adjusting the tracking.
The manual provided is useless for almost everything and their tech support knows less than I do. I have downloaded a ShopFox manual for their version of this sander and it’s much better has helped in the past but now I am hung.

Thanks for any help


-- George, Minnesota,

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 07:12 AM


Did you get this back on track? Wish I could help.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 04:16 PM

Yes, I did. After a lot of screwing around, and finally finding a tech at Powermatic who knew what he was doing who pointed me in the right direction, I found a (it has no name) bladder ???...a piece of rubberized fabric in an air control switch controlling the roller oscillation that had a leak in it. Air was passing through it. I temporarily patched it with superglue (it’s still functioning) and ordered a new one.
The tech told me how to test the system and that led me to the problem. Their manual, like many today, was useless.
More than you wanted to know and thanks for asking.


-- George, Minnesota,

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