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Stanley Belt Sander teardown


This belt sander is at least 40 years old. I inherited it from my dad, so I know it dates from the mid seventies, at the earliest.

It has a bit of a rattle/squeal that I would like to fix. I don’t have a huge need for a belt sander, but it was my dad’s, so I thought it would be fun to try and fix this up a bit.

I tried searching for info online and found very little. I had not even known that Stanley used to sell power tools. I found exactly ONE comment online that claimed that Bosch had bought out the Stanley power tool division in the early eighties, in order to gain a foothold in the US market. I have no idea if that is true — it was only one link.

One thing I did confirm was that there is basically no chance at all of finding parts for this online. So if the drive belt ever breaks, this tool is finished.

In the end I was able to clean out a ton of dust, and opened up the gearbox and added a bit of fresh grease. It sounds better, but it doesn’t exactly purr like a kitten.

I had intended to replace the power cord but given that I was not sure I had really fixed this, and given that the internal connection would have required a bit of fiddling, I decided to not bother. (For Now)

I still had some fun in the shop and enjoyed working on one of my dad’s tools.


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