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Belt Sander Repairs

#17961 by johnmccrossen » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:09 pm

I am refurbishing an old Magna belt sander. After a good maintenance checkout and cleanup, I found the idler roller tensioning mechanism doesn't seem to be working properly. It doesn't want to lock into place and stay there with tension on the belt. I have ordered the owner's manual but was wondering if anyone has any advice who has worked on a problem like this with their belt sander.

I may have to replace the whole idler roller assembly, but hopefully I can figure out how to fix this one. I plan on talking to customer service about this tomorrow. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

John McCrossen

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John McCrossen
Everett, Wa.
1954 Mk 5 SN 269454, 1955 Mk 5 SN 316013, 1960 Mk 5 SN 360792, 1962 Mk 5 SN 380102, Magna band saw, (2) jointers, (1) belt sander, (1) air compressor, (1) jig saw, (1) strip sander, (1) 20" scroll saw, DC 3300 dust collector, Sawsmith RAS, Craftsman table saw, 13" DeWalt planer, Triton 3 1/4 HP plunge router & table

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Belt Sander Repairs

#17963 by dusty » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:49 pm

John;

Did you view the Sawdust Session on Belt Sander Repair. Nick did a complete tear down and rebuild.

If I recall properly, he discussed what sounds to me like your specific problem.

http://www.shopsmithacademy.com/SS_Archives/SS112/SS112_Belt_Sander_Tuneup.htm

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#17964 by cincinnati » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:51 pm

http://www.shopsmithacademy.com/SS_Archives/SS112/SS112_Belt_Sander_Tuneup.htm

What the Dr ordered right here. Dr Nick that is.

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#17971 by johnmccrossen » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:09 pm

Oops! I forgot about this Sawdust Session since I didn't have the belt sander at the time it came out. This was an excellent tutorial. Thanks for the reminders. Now I can disassemble for the third time and hopefully it will work after lubing the idler roller bearings. Hopefully I can save the $100.00 for an idler roller assy for some other cool SS stuff.

The help on this forum never ceases to amaze me. Thanks again.

John McCrossen

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John McCrossen

Everett, Wa.

1954 Mk 5 SN 269454, 1955 Mk 5 SN 316013, 1960 Mk 5 SN 360792, 1962 Mk 5 SN 380102, Magna band saw, (2) jointers, (1) belt sander, (1) air compressor, (1) jig saw, (1) strip sander, (1) 20" scroll saw, DC 3300 dust collector, Sawsmith RAS, Craftsman table saw, 13" DeWalt planer, Triton 3 1/4 HP plunge router & table

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#18915 by JMJ » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:48 pm

johnmccrossen wrote:I am refurbishing an old Magna belt sander. After a good maintenance checkout and cleanup, I found the idler roller tensioning mechanism doesn't seem to be working properly. It doesn't want to lock into place and stay there with tension on the belt. I have ordered the owner's manual but was wondering if anyone has any advice who has worked on a problem like this with their belt sander.

I may have to replace the whole idler roller assembly, but hopefully I can figure out how to fix this one. I plan on talking to customer service about this tomorrow. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

John McCrossen


John,

Where were you able to get a owner's manual of on your sander

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#19323 by johnmccrossen » Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:08 pm

JMJ, The manual and parts list are standard items you can order from SS customer service. Manual parts list # 845231, parts list # 845340.

Take a look at the owners site page for more info.

John

http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/faq/index.htm#product2

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John McCrossen

Everett, Wa.

1954 Mk 5 SN 269454, 1955 Mk 5 SN 316013, 1960 Mk 5 SN 360792, 1962 Mk 5 SN 380102, Magna band saw, (2) jointers, (1) belt sander, (1) air compressor, (1) jig saw, (1) strip sander, (1) 20" scroll saw, DC 3300 dust collector, Sawsmith RAS, Craftsman table saw, 13" DeWalt planer, Triton 3 1/4 HP plunge router & table

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