5 common wide belt problems & how to solve them

Wide belts can offer manufacturers greater reliability, variety & robustness compared to traditional abrasives; however if used incorrectly, wide belts can soon become worn down and offer a less than perfect finish. From excessive dust production, to chatter marks – these are some of the most common issues faced.

In our latest blog we’re discussing some best practise for using wide sanding belts, to help you minimise problems, reduce maintenance costs and therefore boost productivity:

1. Chatter marks

Chatter marks are often the result of a splice on the abrasive belt. To prevent this, there are a few things manufacturers should do:

· Make sure your contact roller has the proper rubber hardness (durometer) for your application. You may be using the wrong type of roller for your application – metal or hard durometer rollers should only be used for stock removal.

· Check to make sure that the hold down roller is adjusted correctly based on your application and surface thickness.

· Make sure you’re using the correct belt joint for your application.

2. Excessive dust production

To ensure occupational safety, it’s paramount that manufacturers keep dust production to a minimum. If you find that dust is collecting in your machine, your dust extraction system may need reviewing to ensure it is working properly. If you’re unsure, use an air flow meter and calculator to check the CFM (cubic feet per minute) for your dust extraction system, and make sure that it is operating to the manufacturer’s specification.