A fix for Jet 16-32 drum sander inboard paper catch broken and on back order from factory.

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Forum topic by Sparkey9 posted 07-24-2019 01:12 AM 463 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2019 01:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jet drum sander fix broken back order trick

My machine is useless due to broken inboard paper clip mechanism. The part is $20. Problem is it is on factory back order and I can’t find it anywhere. Called Jet and they are of no help. Could not give any info when or if it will be available. I left a manager a voicemail and have not heard back. The problem is they use an aluminum rivet and the peaned end broke off. So at night laying awake thinking about how to fix it I got an idea. Why not use a carter pin? So I did and problem solved. The whole piece is fastened to the inside of the drum with one very small screw and a nylon invert lock nut. It’s hard to get a grip on the nut so it can be backed out. Then hard to get the whole piece out. When putting the carter pin in, be sure to have the head inserted so it is towards the inside of the drum. I bent both legs of the pin away from the center and used my Dremal cutoff to cut the pin close to the piece, then gently peaned it a bit. You need clearance on the outside of the drum. It was hard again to get the part back into position and start the nut on the screw. Stay with it. It works. The pin should be stronger than the aluminum rivet. Use a light aimed through the side of the machine onto the part.

Good Luck, Mark

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#1 posted 07-24-2019 01:57 AM

yankee ingenuity at its finest, the things we come up with to get to the solution of a problem that some in the world could give a hoot about, especially parts guys. just saying, good on you, for solution and sharing, hate the dang clips anyway, nothing but a pain to work
Rj in az

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#2 posted 07-25-2019 03:12 PM

Is a carter pin the same as a cotter pin? Nice solution. I wonder if one of those Pop-Rivet tools would work in this situation? Perhaps there is not enough room for the tool—from your description and my experience with the Supermax drum sander there is not much room to work.

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#3 posted 07-25-2019 11:43 PM

Spelling was / is not my strong suit. Yes cotter. The cotter pin works perfectly. It is stronger than the original aluminum rivet. I don’t think a pop rivet would work as the force of using the tool would bend the part unless you added a bushing. Not worth the effort. The cotter pin works great. Thanks for your reply.

P.S. a manager from Jet called me back. I returned the call and got voice mail. Told him my solution and I am all set.

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