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Improved lock knob for the Rigid Belt Sander

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Project by Phil277 posted 08-05-2020 07:22 PM 824 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Improved lock knob for the Rigid Belt Sander
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The Rigid Belt sander is an excellent tool but the lock knob is too small. It can be difficult to loosen. This knob makes loosening much easier.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.





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Underdog

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#1 posted 08-06-2020 01:15 AM

You’re right. I’ve had to take the Channel-locks to that knob more than once, and I haven’t used mine all that much. Good idea. I think I’ll steal it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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rookslide

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#2 posted 08-06-2020 02:20 AM

Nice! I love my rigid but that knob is a pain! This is a great idea!

-- Sawdust Developer

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bugradx2

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#3 posted 08-06-2020 03:11 AM

did you just epoxy the old knob in there or did you replace it with a threaded nut?

I agree, it’s a pain to loosen

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 08-06-2020 02:10 PM

That knob is one of the things that really annoys me about that tool. Nice fix. Do you use it with the spindles as well?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 08-06-2020 03:06 PM

Good idea. I also made something but it was a “wrench” to fit over the standard knob to remove and install it.

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Phil277

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#6 posted 08-06-2020 06:56 PM

This is not my design but I thought I should share it. The original knob is a pain.
I haven’t tried it with a spindle yet. I think it would only be a concern when sanding an internal shape.
The knob can be removed easily, it fits tightly over the original knob.

Phil

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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