How to Track a Belt Sander

What You'll Need
Safety gloves
Sturdy workbench or table

If you want to keep your belt sander in top form, you should know how to do basic maintenance work on it. One maintenance technique you need to learn, especially if you do not have an auto tracker, is how to track the sanding belt of your sander.

Step 1 – Put On Your Safety Gear

Before you start tracking your belt sander, put on all your safety gear. Safety should always come first when you deal with power tools. Put on your safety gloves and goggles and insert your earplugs before you start.

Once you are all geared up, place your belt sander on top of the work bench and secure it with the clamp. The clamp ensures that the machine will not flip over or move while you work.

Step 2 – Locate the Tracking Knob

To locate the tracking knob of the belt sander, turn over the sander so the front handle is resting on the table. Make sure you are using a work table or space that is secure and not wobbly. The belt sander can be quite heavy, so a sturdy work space is crucial.

Once you have flipped the belt sander, look for a knob on the side of the machine. You will use this knob to track the belt sander. The knob tightens the front wheel of the sander.

Step 3 – Check the Belt Sander

Once you have located the tracking knob, you are now on your way to tracking the belt sander. However, you need to check the belt first to determine which direction the belt needs to be tracked.

To do this, use one hand to hold the tracking knob of the belt sander and place the other hand on the rear handle of the sander. Make sure that the front of the tool is firmly in place on top of the workbench. Also make sure that nothing is touching the sanding belt.

When everything is in place, turn the belt sander on and try to see which direction the sanding belt needs to be tracked.

Step 4 – Track the Belt

To start tracking, turn the knob in the direction needed to adjust the belt sander. If you turn the knob clockwise, the belt will move to the left. Turning the knob counterclockwise will move the sanding belt to the right.

While doing this task, always keep your eye on the belt to guarantee that it does not brush against the wall or come too close to the sander’s edge.