IS YOUR SANDING BELT NOT TRACKING ANYMORE

Is your sanding belt not tracking anymore on your belt sander? This can be a problem when you need to deburr your material so you can complete a job.  There
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IS YOUR SANDING BELT NOT TRACKING ANYMORE

are eight reasons why your sanding belt isn’t tracking or staying tracked on your sander.

  1. The crown on your drive pulley wears out.  This is a common issue, especially if you use your belt sander often.  You can’t re-crown the pulleys with the
  2. The belt was made wrong.  We tell people is if one sanding belt in your new box of belts is faulty, then all are bad.  Go back to who you purchased the belts from and get a different box of belts.
  3. The third major reason your sander isn’t tracking is debris and gunk build-up on the tension shaft which could cause the shaft not to extend. The solution is that you will need to clean that whole area so that the yoke and shaft can extend.
  4. There is material dust and dirt in the belt sander’s tension shaft. Then you will need to clean that area. This allows the tension shaft to move.
  5. The upper pulley (idler pulley) is shot as well as the lower (drive pulley).  Both need to be  replaced
  6. Stock removal rate: you’re trying to remove more material than what the sander can handle.
  7. Abrasive belt storage: belts should be hung and not laid flat.  (As shown in the picture to the right). A paper-clipping belt is what you shouldn’t do either. Not having your belts stored could damage your sanding belts and cause them not to track.  Also, keep your belts stored in a cool dry area whenever possible.
  8. Always keeps your belt sander clean.  Debris build-up can affect sander performance such as belt tracking.

Follow those eight points listed above you will be well on your way to getting your belt sander tracking.

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