Can't find user manual for craftman belt sander...


You guys are so nice here, so please help me again. I have a Sears Craftman 113-11726- belt sander, but no user guide. I need to know how to get the belt off and another one on. I honestly Googled 30 minutes, and can't find this darn userguide.....Help please, grandpa is going nuts......Peter
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PeterM wrote:

You should be able to buy it from Sears parts ordering. If you have the _full_ model number there's usually an illustrated parts breakdown on Sears Parts ordering from which you may be able to figure out what you need to do.
You might look along the side of the platen for a lever that you pull out. If it is there it may be pretty stiff if you haven't use it in a while.
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My friend, I do not have the 11726 but I do have a 11720 which is a 3 inch belt sander. Perhaps the instructions for installing and adjusting mine will help you to do yours. (without the pictures)
Installing and adjusting sanding belt. Disconect sander from power supply
Release tension on belt by pushing the front pulley squarely against the top or edge of workbench. When the pulley is pushed back it will lock in that position allowing slack in the belt so it can be removed. Install new belt making sure arrow on inside of belt is pointing in the direction of rotation which is clockwise when looking into open side of sander. To put tension on the belt, insert a screwdrive between the idler pulley support bracket and the idler pulley support and pry toward front of sander.
To adjust sanding belt, connect sander to power supply. Stand sander on end as illustrated, pull switch trigger and release immediately while observing tracking of sanding belt. If sanding belt runs outward turn tracking screw clockwise and counterclockwise if belt runs inward. This should be done until you are sure belt will not come in contact with rub strip. When you are sure belt will not rub against rub strip start sander and fine adjust the tracking screw until belt stabilizes. When correctly adjusted, the outer edge of the belt will be even with the outer edge of sole plate.
Belt life will be incrreased appreciably if a few seconds are spent adjusting the belt tracking.
Zap
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wrote:

If it looks something like this:
http://www.woodbutcher.net/images/tools/sander-rod-tn.jpg
The other poster is correct; there is a metal hook on the side that you pull out (or push in--can't remember) and slide one way or the other (to lock it in the "out" position), and that moves one of the rollers closer to the other allowing you to slip the belt off or on.
He is also correct that it may stick. In fact, I've been wanting to replace mine over the years because I have to relearn how to hold my mouth right every time I go to change belts. It really puts up a fight. I don't use the sander very often, which is why I have to relearn it every time and also why I haven't replaced it.
Seriously, I've thought about trying to reengineer the release, but I just don't use it often enough to go to the trouble.
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Thanks again, that info did it, I got the belt off and a new one installed. You guys are the best, thanks J.Clarke, zap and LRod

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I've posted a manual for a Craftsman 315.11721 on abpw Hope it helps
Tomh

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