Delta-Rockwell 6x48 Belt Sander Rebuild

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Update on progress. Started putting machine back together. Installed new bearings and drive roll shaft for drive system. All metal back on and fitted. Still need upper tension roll and shaft/shims, found a new billet roll assembly for $400, ouch!! will continue to look for good used one. Also looking to find a way to adapt factory belt guard for safety and looks. will utilize Norton zarconia belts if and when project is complete. Thanks for looking

David

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Thanks Pikeman, I think I can adjust the motor mount some and build a 2" spacer for the base to get to the measurement for the belt guard. I will look closer at this in next few days
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David,

Very nice restoration on your Delta 6 X 48. I have two to restore, I plan on donating one to my local high school wood shop. I'm new here, I kind of got here backwards.

I belong to another forum, I nope I won't get into trouble posting it, they could have really helped you out during your restoration. If you join, they have a section called BOYD (bring out your dead) where you can post wanted ads and for sale ads as well as get great info on machines.

They can help you out on info on crowning your sander drums. Heck, I can help you, the easiest way to do it is to cut a 2" strip on your 6 X 48 belt then you can rip it all the way around so you have a 2" wide belt, then install the 2" belt to drive the upper drum and use the rest to crown the drum as it goes around. When you're done with one side move the belt to the other and do that side. Use a good straight edge to check your progress. It's not that important that you get it perfect, just close. The website is OWWM.org for the forum. For info, pics and machine manuals, got to OWWM.com

Hope this helps you and other folks.

David

OOPS, I didn't see where Pikeman had the same idea.... David, do you need the threaded rod that applies tension and the spring?
 

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Sorry I missed your post David, I have been busy with other stuff lately. The only parts I am in need of to get the machine going is the upper tension roll, bearing retainer nut and the upper shaft.

The machine is sitting to the side until I can locate these parts. Thanks for the interest.

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Thanks to Oldarn, a used upper tension roll assembly was located for the sander. Installed new bearings and the rolls and shaft look good with minimal wear. Reinstalled assembly and the belt tracks true!

Now for the wiring and possibly the belt guard! Will post picture when finished.

Thanks for looking.

David
 

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I am working on a Rockwell Delta 6 X 48 sander. I guess it is from the 1940's. It has a 3/4 hp Westinghouse motor on it. Right now it runs on 120v but it can be changed to 240v. Everything is there. I just bought new belts from Grainger. As soon as get a new belt, I will give it a try. It has an open base with a rod connected to the on/ off switch. Does anyone have an idea what the belt length should be?
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Update on progress. Started putting machine back together. Installed new bearings and drive roll shaft for drive system. All metal back on and fitted. Still need upper tension roll and shaft/shims, found a new billet roll assembly for $400, ouch!! will continue to look for good used one. Also looking to find a way to adapt factory belt guard for safety and looks. will utilize Norton zarconia belts if and when project is complete. Thanks for looking

David

Very nice restoration job.

I also enjoy taking a well used old piece of equipment and renewing it again with many years of use ahead.
 

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Thank you cbtreck! I use it for metal only and it works great.

David
 
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