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Porter Cable A3
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:01:47 PM »
Hello, I just picked up a Porter Cable A3 Take-About Belt Sander. I bought it without plugging it in, owner said that it ran , but made a lot of noise. I blew out a small pile of dried/caked sawdust & spider webs. The oil reservoir was dry as a bone, I re-filled to the proper level. I tried to turn the drive wheel with a socket wrench, but I am getting quite a bit of resistance. My question is, do I dare power this up? I don't want to do any more damage to the gears. Drive chain and gears are filthy, but appear to be okay. Haven't had a look at the main worm gear yet. Thanks, Lou
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Offline bill300d

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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 03:11:27 PM »
I would guess that the resistence you feel is just the gearing ratio between the drive roller and the motor.
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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 08:15:43 PM »
You might wander over to Old Woodworking Machinery (http://www.owwm.org/viewforum.php?f=1) with your question.  There are several folks there with Porter-Cable expertise.

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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 08:41:11 PM »
Fire her up!!!

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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 12:27:56 PM »
I think fire is his greatest fear :grin:
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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 01:13:33 PM »
This sander led a hard life, there must be an entire roll of electrical tape wrapped around what is left of the cord!!!!~ As soon as I get the cord swapped out , I will give it a go!!!!! Regards, Lou
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Re: Porter Cable A3
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 07:27:58 PM »
I think fire is his greatest fear :grin:
Or maybe smoke.  It's hard to get the older Porter-Cable factory smoke, now that they're owned by a big conglomerate.