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I have a PC Model 136 Belt sander--I know it's older than dirt, but it was a gift from an old friend and has served me well for many years. My problem: For the past several years, it has been breaking belts soon after installation. After careful inspection, I find nothing wrong with the sander. I think the problem is with the modern 3" X 21" belts. My question: Is the tension created by this sander too much for modern belts? I buy my belts at Lowes and I don't see that they carry any special category for strong belts. It looks as though the modern belts don't have the overlap and bond that the old ones had. Solutions? If the above is true, are stronger belts available? Is there a weaker spring I can install in this trusty Model 136? Thank you, I am a Porter Cable affectionado. Fred Beckmann

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I also own a PC Model 136...it is still working Great...I have been useing "Diablo Belts" from Home Depot and have no problems what so ever...

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I also have a PC Model 136 belt sander. Although I don't do a lot of woodworking, it has proved to be a workhorse when I needed it. I don't have a problem with breaking belts - the last ones I bought at OSH. The problem that has developed with mine is getting the belt alignment adjusted, after a belt change, to not run against the sander body. A little banging (with my hand) will correct the problem. I have serviced it to free up the fulcrum, but it still jams most of the time. This doesn't address your problem, but it is good to hear of someone else who appreciates the fine older tools. Just a further thought - the newer belts I have purchased are bi-directional, e.g., they will run either way. I know that the older belts had to run one way and running them backward could - almost surely would - cause them to break. I won't insult your intelligence to suggest that that might be your problem.

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