Stanley sander H31-A help

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Old 10-08-14, 10:14 PM
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Stanley sander H31-A help

just picked up this old [late 50's or early-mid 60's] belt sander and need information on using it [mainly changing belts, for now].

I have done extensive online searching and have found limited information about it.

Anyone know where I can find an online manual or similar? Or have suggestions on changing the belt? [Did not want to just start loosening screws/bolts, in case I go too far]

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Old 10-09-14, 01:42 AM
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Never seen that one before, post pictures of both sides maybe somebody will remember it.
 
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While I don't see it in the pic, there should be a lever that releases the tension on the belt. Move the lever one direction to release and back the other way to tighten the belt.
 
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Are you wanting to replace the sandpaper belt or the drive belt? A photo of the other side should give clues to both tasks.
 
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Tried to upload another pic but, failed -- Will have to try later.

For now just the sanding belt. As for any other parts, they don't make or sell anymore [from what I've read].

It seems Stanley sold this part of the business to Bosch back in the 70's and there are no parts stocked. So just a manual [even if similar] would be great.

There is a knob [no lever] on the back side but, haven't been able to figure it out, yet.
 
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The knob you mention is the tracking knob used to center the sanding belt while running.
If there's no spring release lever it might be like one of my Craftsman sanders where you push (hard) front roller towards the rear until it catches in an unseen notch. Swap belts then a sideways push will pop it off the notch and tension the belt.
 
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Old 10-09-14, 09:13 AM
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There's an H-31 on eBay right now with good pictures.

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guy48065,
you are correct -- the knob centers the belt and the drum is spring loaded.

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