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Old 08-23-2018, 01:49 PM
Mike Rouse Mike Rouse is offline
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Default Ripping sanding belts.

I reconfigured my hand held belt sander to use 18 belts instead of the 30 ones.
The belts are to be 1 wide and 18 around. I did not find that size at the store. I did find 3 wide by 18 though. All I had to do is cut them into 1 wide pieces. That would cost $1 per each.
I marked a short line 1 in from the edge on the smooth side. Using a box cutter I cut a slit in the belt about 1 1/2 long. Holding the 1 wide portion of the belt in between my left hand fingers and the 2 wide part in my right hand fingers I ripped the belt apart being careful to stop before the tape splice. I used the box knife to cut the tape joint.
The result was a 1 wide piece. It was not necessary to cut the whole belt.
Just rip it.

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Old 08-23-2018, 04:30 PM
norson norson is online now
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I'm going to file that one away. Thanks.
Norm Henderson
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:26 PM
Fasteddie Fasteddie is offline
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A friend of mine polished several hundred crankshafts a month and he bought emery cloth in rolls and cut it on a forty five and glued it together with super glue and made his on sanding belts.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:47 AM
crystallographic crystallographic is offline
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Yep, a very effective way to get narrow belts is to slice/rip wide ones.

"All it takes is a little practical experience to blow the he!! out of a perfectly good theory." --- Lloyd Rosenquist, charter member AWS, 1919.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:37 PM
Jaroslav Jaroslav is offline
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I made a small grinder of my own construction and the belts I doing cut by only hand whithout tools 20 years. It works perfectly.
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