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    Scrollers,
    I've been using a Delta 350 for a few months now, and I'm having a little trouble with one thing. When I try to use a sanding belt in the QuickSett blade chucks it seems that I can't find the tension that works. Either it is too tight to close, or it closes but then pops open when in use. No happy medium. Is it something I'm doing, or is this what you have to put up with using sanding belts with the QuickSett clamps? I'm thinking maybe the plastic tab is too thick for the clamps to work properly. Anyone else have experience with this?

    Bruce
    Bruce
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    millwab, I have used the sanding belts with my Delta Quickset clamps and have had no problem. You just have to find the right amount to open the clamps before you clamp them closed. I found a cheaper way to make my own sanders. I cut a 5" strip of emery cloth 1/2" wide, fold it in half lengthwise and you have a 1/4" sanding strip, it is not as thick as the ones you buy with the plastic on the ends. I very seldom sand anymore, if you use the right blades you don't need to sand. Mick.
    Mick, - Delta P-20

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      Bruce, I had the same problem with the quicksets as you do. I never solved it, since I got a different saw before I got there. I think the plastic may be too slick, and also perhaps the quickset lever system can't deliver the same grip that a simple screw clamp can.

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      • #4
        The tabs on the sanding strips are thicker than a blade .
        Sand them down the thickness of a blade and the clamps will work fine.
        Fred

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mick Walker
          I very seldom sand anymore, if you use the right blades you don't need to sand. Mick.
          Mick, maybe when I get to the point that my scrolling skills don't need 'touching up' I can forget about sanding. My scrolling to date has been a few clock projects for wedding gifts (hardwoods) and I wanted the edges to be as clean as possible (I tend to try to be a perfectionist with this — maybe some sort of self-flagellation). I understand the concept of proper tension to close the clamps. Problem was getting it to clamp shut and stay shut. Like I said, there didn't seem to be any middle ground. Either the clamp wouldn't close, would clamp tight but pop open while in use, or wouldn't clamp tight enough to begin with. I like your idea of the emery cloth. If different blades don't do it I'll try the emery cloth. Thanx.

          Bruce
          Bruce
          . . . because each piece will be someone's heirloom someday.
          visit sometime
          Hawk 220VS, Delta 40-570

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