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I have a Porter Cable 503 belt sander that heats up to the point that I can't touch it and have to stop using it to let it cool. I have been using this model for years, have relied on it exclusively, and have more than one. But this one I purchased brand new a couple of years ago when Porter Cable stopped production of the 503 model. I have sent it to my local Porter Cable (Dewalt, Black & Decker, whatever) service center for repair at least twice while it was under warranty: once to repair the heating up and also to repair blown seals, and a second time for the same problems immediately after getting it back. Now the seals are okay but the overheating persists. I appreciate the company's honoring my warranty; however, it seems that they are unable to address the overheating problem.

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I have a black and decker BR300 that I've had the same problem with.I don't know if yours is caused by the same things but what I found was that the vacumn system on mine was not sealed up good enough and too much dust was getting around motor cooling fins. Unfortunatly on mine by the time I figured this out it had frayed the drive belt which caused some small strands to wrap around drive gears and mostly trashed the motor. Hope this is of some help to you. Thanks

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