If your Clarke floor sander's performing under par, it's in your best interest to repair it before you attempt to finish any flooring. Some problems can result in costly damage to your floor or the machine itself. You can solve most problems yourself without calling out a repairman.
Things You'll Need
- Grease lubricant
Check that the power supply to your sander is working properly. Make sure the circuit hasn't tripped by testing another appliance on it and inspect the extension cord you're using. An excessively long extension cord can result in your sander running sluggishly.
Disconnect your sander from its power supply and blow out any dust or debris that's accumulated in its sanding chamber or dust pipe. Empty the dust bag that secures onto the dust pipe if it's full. A build up of dust and sand can prevent your machine from functioning properly.
Remove the drum cover and check the condition of the abrasive fitted to your sander's drum. If this is worn, it will need to be replaced. Unscrew the plate securing the worn abrasive in place, remove it and then screw a new one into position. You should also check the condition of your drive belt. If this is worn, you'll need to contact Clarke to order a new one.
Check that nothing is obstructing your sander's drum or wheels.
Apply a grease lubricant to your sander's arbor, motor and fan shafts.
Plug your machine into its power supply and test.
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