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Belt sander-belt coming off in use.

I have a brand new AEG hbs1000E belt sander. I have been using it to clean up strips of wood approx 1-2 inches wide. All was ok for a while but now the belt comes off sideways for no apparent reason! The belt is mounted in the correct way directionly and I have adjusted the tracking so the belt sits centrally on the rollers when in use. Surely this isn't normal?

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Have you tried adjusting the tracking slightly to the opposite side to which the belt comes off this has worked for me on my Bosch

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I am sanding down oak boards that i have laminated together for a bar top. no matter what grade of belt i use or how careful i am it is leaving lots of ridges in the wood. never had this happen before


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After installing new belt, on Porter Belt Sander 352VS #6 the belt drifts of to one side until it comes completely off. How do I stop this?


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I take it that the rear drum stopped turning and if so the drive belt or one if the pulleys could be your problem. I would be doubtful if the gears are stripped. Give me the model number and brand and I will find a schematic for you. If this is the Porter Cable sander. on the side with the black cover you will find 3 screws that you can remove, UNPLUG tool first and take a quick look to maybe find your problem. Let me know if I can help further

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New belts on drum sander shear off inside clip


Belt sander are very tempermentel and require a light machine oil (3-in-one) on the metal slides and Tension lever and springs to opperate properally, if not they will drive you nuts, it will make a big differance, a few drops will do ya, more it needed, to much will cause a reverse action and collect dust, clean areas before oiling with air preasure and fluids if needed to get rid of build up from wood dust

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Motor runs but the drive drum that hold the sanding belt does not turn.


Instead of removing the drum, remove the belt and the cover over the gearbox. The gearbox cover is normaly fixed in place by screws around the drive pulley. There may be a couple of screws under the pulley, if so they can be accessed via holes in the pulley wheel itself. Check for worn or stripped gears. These gears can be replaced if need be, but if this is the case make sure you remove and clean out all the grease first and replace that aswell as it may contain bits of teeth that have come off the faulty gear. As far as I know belt sander drive rollers can not be removed without removing the drive inside the gearbox first.

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