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GVP

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03-23-2015 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

One end of the sanding belt in my Delta 18” drum sander slipped out of its clip. After unwinding the ruined belt from the drum I discovered that the other clip is all but torn from its mount. To my disgust a fairly thorough web search tells me the part is “obsolete” and no longer being produced by Delta.

There appears to be enough of the spring steel the clip is mounted on remaining that I may be able to run a couple sheet metal screws through it to anchor it to the drum, but I’d much rather replace the thing.

Any ideas? Anyone out there cannibalizing one of these things for parts?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 03:05 PM

M & M tool parts ( mmtoolparts.com) list the Delta spring clip # 406131220005 for $ 2.73.

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 03:16 PM

On some of them that has been a fairly common problem. If you do happen to find some best buy a couple of spares. I wonder of the clips on the newer models can be fitted to the older ones? Just a thought….

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 11:19 AM

Thanks for the tip about M & M Tool Parts. I ordered three of the clips as suggested. I sincerely hope they actually have them in stock and aren’t one of those re-ellers who take your order then in turn order from the manufacturer… ‘cause Delta stopped making these things.

I removed the drum from the machine last night and that went better than expected. I’ve figured out how I’‘m going to remove the broken piece … but not sure how the new one is to be installed. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

-- So much wood, so little time

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 04:52 PM

It is as I feared… M & M Toolparts refunded my $$

Note from merchant
Order cancelled due to obsolete item

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 05:03 PM

I’d just rivet it back?

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 05:08 PM

You might want to book mark renovoparts.com, they carry a lot of obsolete Delta parts. They did show your clip, but now says it’s out…..just as well, they wanted $24.44 each.

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#7 posted 03-24-2015 05:33 PM

Try a hook and loop conversion kit from grizzly or some other source.

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#8 posted 03-24-2015 05:38 PM

It seems like that would be really easy to make yourself if you can’t find an OEM version. I’ve made similar type clips for broken parts in cars and such out of stainless:

Or you might be able to find a company that makes stuff like that which has one that would work. A quick google for spring clip turns up a couple of manufacturers, such as http://www.fourslide.com/fourslide-parts/metal-spring-clips.php

As a last resort, you could probably use screws or rivets as already mentioned.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 11:04 PM

I went with my first idea… sort of. Rather than using self tapping sheet metal screws I used machine screws.

I can still remove this and replace it with an original part should I ever come across one. The only drawback to this solution is the heads of the machine screws protrude into the path of where the sandpaper tail inserts. Takes a bit of fussing when changing the abrasive… but it works!

-- So much wood, so little time

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 02:21 PM

Good idea, should hold up better than the original. Looks like the spring may be a little more stiff and not pull the paper as far; glad it works!

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 12:57 AM

Yes it’s much stiffer than the original and should last the life of the machine.

Thanks to all for putting in your two cents worth!

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#12 posted 03-28-2015 12:34 AM

Pop rivets might give you a lower profile head than those machine screws if they are a problem.

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#13 posted 03-28-2015 01:46 PM

That would have been my first choice but there’s not enough space inside the cylinder for a pop rivet gun. At least not enough space for the ones I have.

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#14 posted 03-28-2015 01:53 PM

Yep, I agree.

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#15 posted 03-28-2015 08:16 PM

Glad to see you got it fixed.

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