I have a Ryobi belt sander that uses a Bando S4.5M drive belt (with cogs on the
The web sites I've checked are selling this belt for $15 to $20. This is a
about 4 1/2 inches long. These prices seem to be way on the high side, I know
larger automotive fan belts wholesale for $1-3.00. I'd like to find somewhere to
purchase this belt, or a generic version, for a price that reflects its real
Anyone know about this?
You might try your yellow pages for a bearing distributor in your area.
They normally carry drive components such as toothed belts.
Or search McMaster-Carr at www.mcmaster.com
They may be cheaper, but not likely by much.
I have this belt sander, and was interested in buying one myself 'cause
I have a tendency to burn the belts up by stalling the drive roller.
I'm pretty sure this is the mcmaster carr part number, but I would
check. 7887K72 I don't have my sander handy, so I wasn't sure of some
of the dimensions and tooth shape. Go to the mcmaster carr homepage at
www.mcmaster.com and scroll down to the section called power
transmission. Click on the entry called timing belts. then follow the
menus clicking on the specs you know. It will gradually tighten the
criteria until it finds your belt. My guess is the belt has
trapezoidal teeth, and you want an endless spliced belt.
I called Ryobi customer service and they sent me a new belt for free.
Mine was about a year old, but they didn't care, and didn't even ask
for any proof of purchase. It took a couple of weeks, but free is
Be sure and keep the belt tight enough that it doesn't skip cogs when
you load it down. On my unit, that means tightening the belt until the
unit stops somewhat faster when you turn it off. It seems like that
would be too tight, but it works fine this way and I can stall the
motor without jumping cogs. It's the jumping that eats up the belt.
One of the local belt supply stores (here in Idaho Falls) cuts them for
me from a piece of wide belt stock to the sixe I need. I just called
them with the part number. they run about $7.00 each.
You should check with a local industrial belt supplier and see what
they can come up with.
Thanks for all the good suggestions. I'm trying Ryobi first, even though my
is an older model it hasn't been used much and the belt that broke looks almost
We'll see how generous they are...
Actually, according to suppliers I've spoken with, what we're being asked to pay
corporate greed. In this case Ryobi's greed, as they've refused to provide much
information to consumers and suppliers in order to force them to use and provide
Ryobi OEM parts. I'd bet they sold at least 100,000 of these sanders, each one
drive belt. Does that sound like a a rarity? Graingers sells similiar looking
for $3-4.00, which is about what they are worth.
I tried Ryobi to see if they would let me have a free belt...no luck there, I'll
to the local Graingers to see if I can match up with a $4 belt.
> Hate to bust the balloon, but you're paying for rarity, not weight.
Here's the final result of the search for a cheaper drive belt. The local Ryobi
parts dealers were selling it for $17-22 plus shipping (it was a special order
one was really sure it was available). Some web sites were selling it for
$15-20. Graingers sold its version (made by DixieSales) for about $15 but
handling charge plus shipping of $6-7. Graingers tech support was very good and
supplied me with a lot of information, sent me a parts breakdown w/Graingers
number for the belt sander,and gave me the DixieSales part number, and also
the Bando part number. Checking Graingers web site was a waste of time, they
as a manufacturer they carrry but their search machine couldn't find anything
Ryobi. Same with the Graingers 800 number for sales. But fortunately Graingers
repair parts division whose computers are different, and they had all the Ryobi
After all that I checked the Bando web site, found about 10 Bando distributors
in the LA
area, the list price for this belt was $10.30. I ordered it, plus $5 for
Lesson learned: next time Ryobi will be last on my purchase list. I heard over
from tool dealers and suppliers how hard it was to deal with them. And contrast
with buying repair parts for my high speed Dremel tool. Most of the parts were
shipping was free...one time they sent me the wrong parts (it was my fault and I
admitted that to them) and they didn't even blink before they offered to send the
correct ones for free. Free shipping, reasonably priced parts. That's a
wants repeat customers.
It was a lot of work to save a few bucks, but I learned a few things so it was
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