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Offline Scorpion

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Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:13 PM »
I’d like to see the inside. Could the guts be moved to another host in a different form factor?  One hoping the housing is just plastic.  Seen a video where one has been taken apart?

Thanks.


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Offline nvalinski

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 08:47 AM »
I attempted to take mine apart when it died. You could certainly remove the inner housing, it's just bolted to the table. But those bolts were impossible to take off without a breaker bar.

Offline Dane

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 11:01 AM »
I took mine apart, too.  Nothing complicated in there- the housing is mostly filled with air.  You could move it pretty easily.

Offline Scorpion

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 11:33 PM »
I took mine apart, too.  Nothing complicated in there- the housing is mostly filled with air.  You could move it pretty easily.

Thanks for the feedback.  Are there any complex components integrated into the housing or is the assembly more or less  self contained?  Plan would be to fabricate a housing that the belt and motor would move to.

I attempted to take mine apart when it died. You could certainly remove the inner housing, it's just bolted to the table. But those bolts were impossible to take off without a breaker bar.

Thanks for the tip.  Were they hex bolts or machine screws?  Did they strip so you couldn’t put enough umph into them or did they just not budge?

Offline Dane

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 12:41 AM »
I took mine apart, too.  Nothing complicated in there- the housing is mostly filled with air.  You could move it pretty easily.

Thanks for the feedback.  Are there any complex components integrated into the housing or is the assembly more or less  self contained?  Plan would be to fabricate a housing that the belt and motor would move to.

I attempted to take mine apart when it died. You could certainly remove the inner housing, it's just bolted to the table. But those bolts were impossible to take off without a breaker bar.

Thanks for the tip.  Were they hex bolts or machine screws?  Did they strip so you couldn’t put enough umph into them or did they just not budge?


As I recall, there aren’t any mechanicals attached to the housing.  The main unit is just bolted to the underside of the table and then it’s just the switch that’s mounted on the housing. 

Offline Dane

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 12:53 AM »
Here’s a link to the parts diagram- you can see how it goes together.  Pretty durn simple: https://www.ereplacementparts.com/ridgid-eb44241-oscillating-edge-beltspindle-sander-parts-c-7929_8225_8287.html

Offline nvalinski

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 08:25 AM »
Hex bolts. I used a 9/16" hex bit attached to my impact driver, if I remember correctly. You'll need a couple of shaft extenders to get in there. Didn't budge. Switched to a ratchet with a pipe as a cheater bar, still no dice.

On a second thought with this, just moving this motor will probably only allow the spindles to go with it. The belt requires the upper area to clip into, so make sure you design with that piece in mind as well.

Offline Scorpion

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2018, 08:22 AM »
Here’s a link to the parts diagram- you can see how it goes together.  Pretty durn simple: https://www.ereplacementparts.com/ridgid-eb44241-oscillating-edge-beltspindle-sander-parts-c-7929_8225_8287.html

Thanks, didn’t think to look at ereplacementsparts for a diagram.  This was very helpful.


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Offline Scorpion

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Re: Anyone take apart a rigid oscillating belt sander?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 08:23 AM »
Hex bolts. I used a 9/16" hex bit attached to my impact driver, if I remember correctly. You'll need a couple of shaft extenders to get in there. Didn't budge. Switched to a ratchet with a pipe as a cheater bar, still no dice.

On a second thought with this, just moving this motor will probably only allow the spindles to go with it. The belt requires the upper area to clip into, so make sure you design with that piece in mind as well.

Huh, must be epoxied or something.  Ok, I’ll prepare for dealing with that if I decide to go forward.  Thanks.


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