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I have a Ryobi 4x36 Belt Sander (BD4600). I've only used it for a little over a year to sand plastic; nothing else. The sanding belt is not slipping; the drive belt is not slipping. However, now even under light pressure sanding, the motor makes a high-pitched whine and slows to a stop.

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Look for plastic build up in the motor. Try to air blow motor and belt drive.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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