Ridgid Combo bench sander tightening rod

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08-09-2019 12:07 PM

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I picked up a used Ridgid Bench top spindle/belt sander assembly and the unit functions but when I go to put on the spindles vs the belt the nut bottoms out before it reaches the spindle to compress the rubber. It leaves 3/8-1/2 clearance from the bottom of the silver washer to the top of the specific washer for each spindle and of course will not spin then.

I don’t understand what im doing wrong?

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#1 posted 08-09-2019 12:16 PM

I had the same problem. I think I found a couple washers in my parts bin that solved the problem for me, but it was frustrating having to do something like that to a new tool.

I also had trouble getting it tight enough until it “wore in” but now I dont have trouble with that.

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#2 posted 08-09-2019 01:11 PM

There is a washer with a large hole in it that you have to put on first. The other washers go on top.

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#3 posted 08-09-2019 01:43 PM

If you didn’t get one with the sander, go to the Home Depot site and download the Owners Manual. It sounds like maybe you didn’t get all the parts that came with the sander. Or, if you did get them all, the manual will tell you how to use them.

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#4 posted 08-09-2019 08:05 PM

Maybe missing this part?

There should be 3 washers that go on the top of the rubber spindle.

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