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Belt sander not sending dust into bag

I've used my Ridgid belt sander to do an entire floor with no problems. Now I'm trying to do another floor but none of the sawdust is going into the bag although the bag is filling up with air. I've taken it apart as much as I dare and can see no obstruction. Help!

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Remove the dust bag and unplug sander for now. Everywhere you see an access hole (fan area, dust port, back of sander blow thru the tool to remove lodged dust that clogged the system, Also look for broken belt pieces in the back of sander. Then while running (remove belt) blow again thru all the ports to try and reomve as much contamination as possible. When finished you can feel to see if air coming from dust bag port, it not you still have a clog that might need more work. If I have clarified your request would you please rate this response accordingly and thank you.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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The dust bags on most sanders are only marginally effective. They work OK on random orbit sanders with the holes in the sanding pad, but are next to useless on belt sanders. You might try attaching a vacuum cleaner hose instead of the bag. On the other hand, if the the belt is clogging up, that's not going to be helped by attaching a vacuum hose. The belt is "loading" up probably because the material you are sanding is damp, or maybe you are sanding paint, which tends to melt then stick to the belt. If you are just trying to keep the belt from clogging (or unclogging it), rather than keeping the dust contained, try running the belt against a wire brush after every couple of minutes. Good luck, Al K

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