View Full Version : Belt sander backing

01-29-2010, 09:16 PM
Hi, I recently bought a cheapo $180 belt sander/disk sander combo, and was considering some improvements, one is a new backing for the belt as the current one is just well, the painted frame of the belt sander, and its allready showning signs of wear with just a little sanding.

So, what can one use as a good backing for belt sanders belts?

gary hart
01-29-2010, 09:22 PM
If you can find it. Ceran the material used in "glass" stove tops. Takes the heat and wear.

01-29-2010, 09:37 PM
A couple of abrasive suppliers also sell a self-adhesive, woven. graphite impregnated fabric expressly for backing the platen. I think Royce Sales is one. They sell at all the wood shows. Duffy

01-29-2010, 10:51 PM
I use a fully hardened piece of A2 steel on my PLATEN. I make them with screw holes in their corners,countersunk on both sides. I can turn them over when one side gets a recess in it.

The cast iron platen on my Wilton square wheel belt grinder doesn't take long to get a hollow spot worn just over the tool rest.

Graphite pads will also get a worn spot.

01-29-2010, 11:08 PM
x2 that graphite platen pads suck.
Cast iron sounds good.
Tool steel sounds like the best.


01-29-2010, 11:24 PM
The graphite fabric pads that most sander manufacturers use is from PEC.


Excellent product.

Beware the cheap knockoffs.