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The sanding belt keeps coming off. The tracking adjustment isn’t functioning.
This belt should be mounted so that the overlap trails when the belt sander is used, sometimes these belts will have arrows indicating the direction of rotation but not always. The arrows usually disappear after a bit of use anyway so if you change grits or re-use belts it is good to know which way to run the belt by looking at the join.
Here another fix that has worked for me. Take some ordinary electricians tape and make several laps around the idler pulley on the belt sander. Put more thicknesses near the center of the idler, than the outside. This effectively builds a small crown on the pulley and makes the belt stay centered. Also, always relieve the tension on the belt when not using the sander. The belt can stretch and tracks poorly if this happens.
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on Jul 17, 2019
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