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Strip sander maintenance

#3123 by psargeant » Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:32 am

I was cleaning my strip sander this weekend and noted that the rubberized surface of the drive wheel was beginning to crack and show evidence of deterioration. The unit is about 12 years old and has seen very little use. When I eventually replace the drive wheel, what can I do to prevent this from happening again? It seems that this rubber material is very similar to that found on the bandsaw wheels.

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#3128 by Bruce » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:10 am

That's a good question. I don't know the answer for sure, but am wondering if a product like "Armor-all" would be okay to use. It protects rubber and vinyl in your car from deterioration, so why not band saw tires? Anybody ever try it?

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#3140 by charlese » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:49 pm

I use spray silicon on my band saw wheels. Maybe tha'll work. Use the tube on the spray can - gently spray and smooth it out with a clean rag. You'll find the rag turns black from oxidized rubber. Wont take the cracks out, but will help keep the rubber lively.


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#3157 by rebus » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:55 pm

I would not use armor all, as it has silicone in it. It will get on the back of the belt and cause it to possibly penetrate the wood. Use a non silicone rubber conditioner. I prefer leather products which do not contain silicone, like mink oil, or leatherique products. Important to read the label of any product you use to make sure you know what is in it.


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