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Repair Ripped Belts


Sanding belts can rip at the worst possible moment — such as when you're out on a jobsite with no spares. When this happens I remove the belt, turn it inside out and cut the torn spot into a diamond-shaped hole with a utility knife. This adds life to the belt without affecting its performance.


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Marvin Morgan wrote re: Repair Ripped Belts
on 03-12-2009 4:56 PM

A while back I had a lot of problems with sanding belts coming undone at the joining. Contacted makers and learned that it's much better to buy small quantities as needed. Glued edges seem to deprecate with age.

I had obtained a large amount thinking I would not have to reorder often.

lojanu wrote re: Repair Ripped Belts
on 03-14-2009 11:01 PM

Hey! I'm having a ball reading about all these tips!!! Tremendous site. I've been at it for 2 1/2 hours now and can't tear myself away. Good job,