Model #31511720 CRAFTSMAN Sander

  • 3" Belt Sander
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Sanding Belt won't stay centered 31511720 Craftsman 3

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Belt Sander 315-11720

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Detailed instructions can really come in handy when doing some major repairs. I did some research and I was able to find the owners manual for your sander. I am also adding a second link that will guide you with your project. I hope this helps with your repairs while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
November 26, 2012
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Thank you very much. This should help. I called parts for manual and they told me it was not available.

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Anonymous -
November 26, 2012
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Thank you for your question on installing the replacement sanding belt on the sander.

I am sorry but I also cannot find a manual for this exact model.

You will need to use a work bench to push in on the front roller and cock it to the side.

Then you should be able to slide the old belt off and install the new belt on and then release the locked front roller with a flat blade screw driver.

Please let me know it that worked for you.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
November 27, 2012
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Could you please explain where to put the screw driver to hit the release? Thank you

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Kenneth -
June 17, 2015
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Replacement brushes for old Craftsman sander. 315.11720

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Thank you for being Sears’ valued member and for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com with your questions about your Craftsman sander model 315.11720. I am sorry the brush assemblies need to be replaced. Unfortunately this part is no longer available. 

The first three number of the model number, in this case 315, identifies the manufacturer that made the product for Sears. 315 is our identifier for Ryobi Motors. To ensure a part fits and functions properly, we only list replacement parts approved by the manufacturer. Since Ryobi has not made a replacement brush that is guaranteed to fit your model, the original part number for the brush does not substitute over to a new number. We do not list after-market parts for your sander because we cannot guarantee how they will fit or how they will perform with your sander. 

I hope this answers your question. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business. 
 

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
January 20, 2015
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I too am looking for replacement brushes and have not yet had any luck finding replacements. I am very surprised Craftsman does not offer better advice. They would have all the original specifications for the original part as well as any parts still in manufacture. It is such a simple part I would be shocked no other tool in their market. I find it interesting the "experts" thank us for our business though we haven't conducted any since they can't sell us the replacement parts we need. I have been very pleased with my most craftsman tools over the years. This is not a new sander, but it has been a good one. It is VERY inconvenient the brushes have worn out. I understand things don't last forever and I am not surprise the brushes finally broke down. I am very surprised, however, at Craftsman's inability to help me with replacements. It seems Craftsman is more concerned with manufacturing and selling new tools (not built with the same quality as their earlier tools) and less concerned with keeping their existing users equipped. I have tried my best to take care of my tools and my older Craftsman tools seem to keep working hard. Only minor parts finally give out as I would expect them to over such time. My newer Craftsman tools just don't come close to those with age. The older my tools the harder the work and longer they last. Craftsman doesn't seem to have the same quality standards they used to.

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BRAD -
March 12, 2015
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I too have a 315.11720 belt sander and it was one of my more impressive tools; I brag about how well it worked and it's age - I bought it with my first paycheck after graduating from college and I'm 60 now. I used it a thousand times. I agree they don't build them like they used to. Unfortunately it died about a year or so ago and I pretty much wrote it off until finding this article (searching for info on new products). If anyone has information on where I can get parts I may try to 'resurect' it. I would think Craftsman would be anxious to keep the old tools going for good publicity. Proud owner of older tools.

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Ron -
March 19, 2015
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Got to eurtonelectric.com and watch their video in the brush section - it tells how to measure old brushes and determine cap type to find a replacement

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Douglas -
June 11, 2015
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