Step 2: How It Used To Be

Here's my old Ryobi belt sander. It was friday evening and I was beltsanding away, excited for a long weekend of boatbuilding. Then this photo happened. No more teeth on belt. No parts suppliers would be open til tuesday. I finally found the part on the primitive interweb of the day for $30 with "allow 6 weeks" shipping.
Damn. I couldn't find any belts in my own bins with the right pitch, thanks to their weasel ways.
Aha! I thought, I'll make it a chain drive. So then I wasted a vast amount of time destroying the tool with a chain drive mechanism that never worked.

Don't do that. Get the real parts. These days it's fast and cheap. Those are quantitative improvements that have made a huge qualitative difference. Welcome to the new (but better) economic reality of tool repair.

<p>Hi,</p><p>I've got an old B&amp;D router ive restored (mid 70's) and it runs beautifully... however... the bit assembly is totally different. It uses a small allan key screw to tighten it (which is stripped) and you cant get the bits for those routers anymore. Any ideas of how I could convert it to the new system or use it for something else maybe?<br><br>Thanks in advance.</p>
<p>Hi <br>got a dewalt d25404 and it is turning slow and makes an unhealthy noise,brushes have been changed still the same.any ideas please whit the fault here is?</p>
maybe a bearing is broken. they make terrible sounds when the are done...
<p>Can't say for sure without examining the tool, but as often as not that sort of thing is due to bad bearings.</p>
<p>How do you fix the trigger switch? It is a reversible 120 Volt variable speed B&amp;D but the factory switch is no longer available.</p><p>My only options appear to be to try to repair the existing switch or find a switch from some other model that I can substitute. Obviously purchasing a bunch of random switches at $15 - 20 each just to try them is not an option.</p><p>It is a B&amp;D Holgun 1180-09 Type 2 and was made in USA. It has been a great drill for 30+ years and all the new stuff is Chines crap now. This has more power than many 1/2&quot; drills sold today. I really want to save it.</p>
<p>Hi</p><p>My son in law has asked me to fix his finishing sander for him and I would appreciate advice please.</p><p>It is a P Pro CLM260TS. I plugged it in, switched on and it lasted about 2 seconds then nothing. Took the cover off, switched on again and tested it. There is power reading from all the wires to and from the switch, including neutral, also at the brushes, which are like new and seating well. </p><p>Tried spinning the motor while power turned on but nothing.</p><p>Any advice will be appreciated whether it is economically repairable or a scrapper.</p><p>Regards</p><p>Keith </p>
<p>if you need any carbon brush I found the best international site in Scotland www.mrcarbonbrush.com you can chat with friendly staff with their chat app pay with paypal or credit debit card and they stock everything you need for your power tool carbon brush needs</p>
<p>how do we fix grouded electrical jackhammer?what are the steps to do?</p>
<p>how do we fix grouded electrical jackhammer?what are the steps to do?</p>
A good &quot;old fashioned hardware store&quot; many times, will have A section of drawers that contain an assortment of bit's that are used to repair electric tool's. Brushes,switches, nut's and bolt's.<br> Unfortunately, they are headed into the scrap heap of history. Only A few more weeks remain for 7 Corners Hardware in St.Paul MN. The owner has decided to close up instead of selling out as the kid's have no interest in the hardware business.<br> R.I.P 7 Corners.
<p>Other common failures are armatures and feild coils.</p>
Are brushes a one-size-fits-all (except for dremels, obviously)? or do I have to search the part by model number too?
<p>No, they vary in size.</p>
Veru INFORMATIVE and just FANTASTIC! I was looking for the related information. Thanks a lot it is very useful for me. would love to read some pieces on the topic.
Our local ReTool store has a pallet bin of &quot;as-is&quot; power tools for $4.99. Armed with your instructable, I'm goin' shopping! :-)
There are actually solderless rebuild kits for the <a href="http://www.battrx.com" rel="nofollow">rechargeable sub c batteries</a> at thie link or www.battrx.com. <br>
i got that grinder for less then 15 dollars
not the best welder off the block
mmmm $15 angle grinder... i got a way to destroy the gearbox on the more expensive ones.. wonder how much the cheapies take? i figured out that using a grinder upside down (edge of disk makes contact only) removes more steel quickly because there is less surface area contacting than if a larger area of the disk is contacting (just like with drop saws) which makes plenty of heat, smearing the metal. the (now) upward pressure does something bad inside the gearbox and the little gear gets eaten out and the larger gear gets a bald spot... this might be due to the bearings not being wide enough. once the gears start to wear out they will self destruct over time even if you have stopped due to vibration because the teeth are no longer meeting tightly. hitachis lasted over a year, metabo lasted only a few months....<br><br>other positives of upside down grinding are you are less likely to slip and miss what you really want to hit (because you are pulling it towards you rather than pushing). you dont have to lift the grinder so high (great if you are using one of those massive ones!), you can grind aluminium with a steel grinding wheel (less smearing) easily, and finally, the disk will never come apart because you made it thin.<br><br>CB.<br>dont say i never warned you.
I just followed the link you listed to how to bring nicad batteries back to life with a welder and I tried it and it worked! I've got four different drills and about 7 (formerly) dead batteries that are now alive and well again. It's like Christmas morning because I've got some of my favorite <a href="http://www.toolsandoutdoor.com/Electric-Power-Tools">electric power tools</a> back again.
Where can I get these said free power tools?
You could try <a href="http://www.ereplacementparts.com">eReplacementParts.com</a> for the replacement battery and charger. Depends on the brand though, they have most and are continually adding more.<br> <br> *Tool Repair Guru*<br>
What make is the knife in the 1st picture? or is it a custom one? I would appreciate it very much if you could tell me. <br /> P.S. Is it good?&nbsp;It&nbsp;looks really nice, but I'm an ignoramus compared to&nbsp;many people on here.
Need Drill Chuck for 1/2 in. Shop Mate number 520 t1 with taper 1/2 to 5/8
<p>I have a Richmond 6v Drill Driver I want a replacement Charger and Battery where can I get them I would be ever so grateful for info&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; cheers Bert<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
i have the same angle grinder and i was wondering wut that part was when i opened the box lol
<p>What brand is that angle grinder?</p>
<p>i dont remember... it was the cheapy model i got at harbor freight</p>
OK, thanks
Walmart and Lowes cut the power cords off all their display tools. I wonder if they could be convinced to sell the old ones instead of just throwing them away.<br />
I was wondering that same thing. I guess I should ask.
I kind of want to, but I'm really bad at talking to people.<br />
thanks for the ible tim 5 stars<br />
Who knows how to change chuck on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.world-tools.com/dewalt-dc730ka-14.4-volt-compact-cordless-drill">DC730KA drill</a>? Help me please. <br/>
Different chucks are removed in different ways. First start with your drill's instruction manual. If it doesn't tell you and you can find a model number and/or a manufacturer's name on the chuck itself, search that. Otherwise, you'll have to 'spearmint. Open the chuck fully and look down inside it (use a flashlight). There might be a screw down in there. If there is, it might be right or left hand threads. Try turning it both ways. Hopefully it'll break loose and come out. If there is no screw or you did manage to remove it, proceed as follows: chuck the short leg of a hex key (allen wrench) of somewhat substantial size (1/4" or larger) into the chuck. Set the drill on it's side on a strong table (or workbench or curb...) with the chuck hanging off the edge. Strike the hex key sharply with a hammer (chunk of 2X4, large rock, etc...) such that it will cause the chuck to spin in a counterclockwise direction when looking at the chuck head on (like you did to see down inside it). Hopefully the chuck will break free and thread right off.
i went to a autojumble picked up a huge black and decker sander for 50p (1$) took it back to my house and it wouldnt work So i opened the handle up The live wire wasnt connected properly so i connected it up Inside the handle Soldered it Put it back together it works perfect i took the Belt bit off Wire brushed down the rust and its better than the new one ive got
I liked it. Nice job of what amounts to the basics of power tools. They are simple beasts by necessity. The advent of cordless tools has made throw away seem a more viable option. Those damned batteries are expensive. However, I believe Harbor Freight does have 18v replacement batteries on sale at $10.
Yeah with maybe 15 amp minutes of current in them! Random toxic waste would hold a better charge.
I am putting a new power cord on an old bench grinder I bought at auction, since the old one looks unsafe. I know the green wire on the new cord is the ground and I see how to attach it, but the old cord isn't color coded, so I don't know which wire is equivalent to the black and which to the white. How do I figure it out, or doesn't it actually matter? BTW, the new cord is a 14 gauge/15 amp cord, which the fellow at the store told me would be good. Is he right?
Induction motors typically consider both hot and neutral L1 and L2 and it doesn't matter which is which. Now if you transpose the starter windings then it can matter. Then the motor would run the other way.
Hi Mate, This is bloody easy, for a 240v or 110v supply blue ,black is negative (-) and postive is brown or red (+) earth are green or a greenyellow combo. Any other colours could mean a control circut -refer to maker -.thanks -
well make a simple circuit with a battery and a led and test each wire
Great job! I have the same grinder (chicago electric from harbor freight). Hopefully it will last a while, but when it goes I will be prepared. Does anyone know if the brushes from the grinder woould be compatible with the motor on a kichenaide blender?
I've had to replace brushes in a power window motor. Although the brushes that I got were too big, it's an easy matter to sand them down to fit.
If you need brushes for a power tool and can't get them, any (helpful) car parts retailer will sell you brushes of a similar size. Take the old ones with you. Its easy to sand them down to any size you want.
I seem to remember my dad making brushes for his powertools from the carbon (?) rod from the inside of a C or D-size battery. Anyone here ever do that, or am I misremembering?
It'd work. Hats off to your dad for the scavenging fix!
Thanks! I opened it up and they were about the same size, but much longer. I'd say they probably have another 30 years left in them
Actually I think they would be too small. idk I guess I'll find out when it dies.
I have a possibly very stupid power cord question...what are the small holes on the end of the two prongs on a regular power cord (the part that plugs into the wall)?? My husband and I can't seem to find the answer. They don't exist on older power cords only newer ones.

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