UPDATE - PROBLEM SOLVED ....Ridgid Spindle Sander - Paper Too Loose

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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 07-02-2013 08:22 PM 8704 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2013 08:22 PM

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I feel like a total dummy resorting to posting this, but I just bought the Rigid EB 44242 and I cannot get the sandpaper tight on the spindle drums.

The belt works great. Got it all aligned, etc. Great.

But, I cannot get the paper tight enough on any of the drums so that they will sand, even with me just holding the sandpaper with my fingers…...... no load…......... the drum turns, but the paper just doesn’t grab.

I swapped out the paper that came with the machine and tried the Diablo tubes that I bought for future use.
Same problem.

I am used to the drill press drums with the nut on top to tighten and squeeze the drum out to “grab” the paper.

I have read and re-read the manual. I have read on-line manuals. No solutions.

I added a washer to the one called for on top of the drum thinking that might let the knob tighten down a little. No go.

I even grabbed sandpaper (on the drum) with channel lock pliers and hand-tightened as much as I could, Nothing. (The knob loosened very easily, so no harm done…....... I didn’t over do that.)

I couldn’t find any reference to loose paper here on LJ’s…......... so here I am.

Any suggestions????....... (solutions would be better lol)

Thanks. Bruce.

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 08:32 PM

The know that holds the drum on also serves to expand the drum to hold the sand paper. You should have gotten several different sized washers to fit the various drum. Without the washers the drums won’t expand to hold the paper. Check your owners manual there is a short blurb on the washers and how to use them. It is a little hard to find but it is there.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 08:35 PM

The knob has a reverse thread. Counter-clock-wise to tighten , clock-wise, to loosen. Besides the
spindle knob,there is also a washer that should be present. Make sure the washer is on there.

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 09:18 PM

As others have said, make sure the knob on the top is tight; it’s a reverse thread. Hving said that, the first one of these came with an undersized spindle. I also couldn’t get it to tighten no matter how much I turned the knob. Exchanged it for another one and no problems since.

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 09:24 PM

It should be very easy to get the sandpaper to grip the spindle, sounds like you got a defective unit with an undersized spindle. I would exchange it for another or contact Rigid for a solution.

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 01:22 AM

Took the good advice I received and returned the sander.

Sure enough, the new one I checked out thoroughly in the store had the drums fitting the sandpaper real easy.

So, it was the undersized spindle as mentioned above.

Thanks so much for your replies



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#6 posted 07-03-2013 01:52 AM

Good that you posted this as it appears that undersized spindles are common with this sander. Now we all know to check before we haul it home!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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