I bought a stick of abrasive belt cleaner from Woodcraft. I then read
online that you could use old rubber soled shoes for the same purpose.
Anyone ever try this? Know of anything else that cleans sandpaper belts?
Stoutman, wrote the following at or about 5/17/2007 4:07 PM:
Finding them is the trick. They are referring to those old crepe soles.
You'll recognize it you can find them as they look (same color and
texture) the same as the belt cleaner you just bought. Amber/tan and
They do work. Came across a pair of kid's shoes at a garage sale and
figured "for a quarter, why not?" It worked but obviously a bit thin
and flexy for my tastes.
I would not use black sole shoes, Desert Boot soles maybe. The real deal is
pretty cheap and lasts a very long time. Much longer than the soles on your
Also, this is pretty good for cleaning a belt that is loaded with saw dust.
Not so good for removing paint, varnish, or burned spots.
Needs to be _pure_ rubber, without non-rubber fillers in it. Otherwise
you clog the belt with carbon black faster than you're cleaning it.
Yellowish-tan translucent soles are OK, so long as they're not
polyurethane. Really cheap canvas sneakers made in South East Asia
(but not China) seem to still work.
My own belt cleaner is a slab of pure rubber that was a salesman's
sample of liquid latex -- around 40 years ago, before it set in the
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