Belt Sander Tune-Up
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Tuning your Shopsmith Belt Sander for optimal performance:
Shopsmith Belt Sander very few moving parts. As a result,
it requires very little maintenance beyond an occasional cleaning.
Here's what we suggest:
bearings and bushings in your Shopsmith Belt Sander are
of the self-lubricating variety and require no oil, graphite
or other form of lubrication.
every hour or so of running time, remove the Belt and use
an air compressor or the reverse airflow from your shop
vacuum to occasionally blow out all of the nooks and crevices
of your Shopsmith Belt Sander.
your Sanding Belts frequently for impacted dust. Use an
Cleaning Stick to clean the dust from the Belts.
Belts frequently for wear and tear. Don't sand with a belt
Belt won't track properly
grit is so worn that it won't abrade wood without excessive
Belt fabric develops a tear or a hole
Here is our suggested maintenance schedule for your Shopsmith
Belt Sander. In all cases "Hours" means hours of running time:
If you notice an unusual noise or vibration, stop the
machine immediately and check the Belt and other adjustments.
Do NOT operate your Belt Sander until you have corrected
hour of running time, brush/blow out the Belt Sander
10 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - check all alignments
and adjustments. Unwind any belt threads from drum shafts.
Coat the Backup Plate, Work Table Surface & Mounting Rods,
and the Tilt Slide with a high quality furniture PASTE
wax and buff. This will help your workpieces glide more
easily and smoothly across the surface during operations
and protect metal surfaces from the formation of rust.
50 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - check the Trunion
Guides for wear and galling (roughening) and remove any
galling with a fine file or whetstone before waxing and
buffing the Guides thoroughly.
If you're having problems with your Shopsmith Belt Sander,
start by referring to the Troubleshooting Chart in your Owner's
Manual. If you are unable to find the solution to your problem
there...or of you don't have an Owner's Manual, please feel
free to call our TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline
at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.