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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:06 pm 
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Picked up a Powr Kraft belt sander in good condition. Only problem is it's missing a drum, the drums are 6" long x 3.5" round. The only place I could fine a drum close to the size is on ebay for more then I want to pay. Was thinking of turning a piece of solid aluminum and adding bearings to replace the drum. It's only $25.00 for the aluminum on line, I have the bearing.

Would this be to heavy for the drum?

Would I have to cover the outside of the drum in some kind of rubber or could I use the bare aluminum.

Seen a few diy on line that use wood not sure if that would be a better idea. Going to use it for wood and metal.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:24 pm 
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Jacob Nothstine wrote:
Was thinking of turning a piece of solid aluminum,
Would this be to heavy for the drum?
I wouldn't think so, You could always bore out the center of the drum to lighten it a little. The inside diameter would probably only need to be about 0.010" smaller than the OD. of the bearings used.

Jacob Nothstine wrote:
Would I have to cover the outside of the drum in some kind of rubber or could I use the bare aluminum.
If it's just for the idler wheel bare aluminum should be fine.

Jacob Nothstine wrote:
Seen a few diy on line that use wood not sure if that would be a better idea
Craftsman made a lot of there smaller 4" wide belt sanders with wooden drums!
They didn't use ball bearings, Just a couple of bronze bushings on each end.

Doug


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