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Wide belt sander drum repair5/7
Does anyone know of a place somewhat near southern Colorado that can resurface the drum on our wide belt? The closest place we can find is 13 hours away. The machine it's on can't be down for production, so the plan is to take it out on a Thursday evening and drive it to the repair shop by 6 Friday morning and wait for them to do it and then turn n burn so we can reassemble it Saturday.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
If by resurface you mean mill the surface straight and clean then I'd suggest calling a local machine shop. I suspect this is what you need done.
However if you mean recoat with fresh core material then that isn't going to happen while you wait.
Hello James, if there are some imperfections on the drum and you simply want to dress it you could consider doing it right on the machine. If you would like to contact me we could give you some pointers on how this is done. Basically you take a strip of sandpaper and laminate it to a calibrated piece of MDF. You then take the belt off of the head, override the limit switch for belt tension, then slowly raise the table to the point the sand paper (laminated to the board) is in contact with the drum. As mentioned this is just a brief overview but I would suggest contacting us or your machine supplier for proper instructions.
Thank you for the tips guys!!
Yes, mill the surface straight is what we were looking for. We tried a bunch of machine shops, but none had a lathe large enough to fit our drum.
We were originally going to use a piece of sand paper glued to a sheet of aluminum, but the owner decided last minute to abandon that idea and just get it done right.
I ended up finding a someone in Denver. In case anyone else is looking for a place to get this done, the name of the shop is H&S Supply/Allan Roller Co
Curious how the drum turned out. There is a huge difference in a shop that does rollers, and a shop that does wide belt drums!
Roller turned out great!!
The guys at H&S in Denver were great! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to get a wide belt drum resurfaced! Because our drum works on a cam, they had to make up a mandrel for one end of the roller to mount it on the lathe. Couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and how quickly they turned it around!
We took the drum in to have it balanced after it was ground, and surprisingly, it was still near perfectly in balance! It was so close, they didn't have to do anything to it.
I'm pretty sure resurfacing a rubber drum, regardless if it's for woodworking or printing or whatever use, it's the same process either way. Not sure how anyone could've done any better of a job, but maybe I'm missing something?