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Operator's Manual

Belt Sander
Model No. 320.17559

A WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, the user must read and understand the Operator's manual before using this product.


Sears Brands Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Warranty Safety Symbols Safety instructions Assembly Operation Maintenance Parts List Page 2 Pages 4-5 Pages 6-8 Page8 Pages 9-13 Page 13 Pages 14-16

CRAFTSMAN ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY FOR ONE YEAR from the date of purchase, this product is warranted against any defects in material or workmanship. With proof of purchase, defective product will be replaced free of charge. For warranty coverage details to obtain free replacement, visit the web site: This warranty does not cover the sanding belts, which are expendable parts that can wear out from normal use within the warranty period. This warranty is void if this product is ever used while providing commercial services or if rented to another person. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Sears Brands Management Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS! READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS!

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DANGER: People with electronic devices, such as pacemakers, should consult their physician(s) before using this product. Operation of electrical equipment in close proximity to a heart pacemaker could cause interference or failure of the pacemaker. WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling and other construction activities contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:

Lead from lead-based paints,

Crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and Arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber.

Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce your exposure to these chemical: work in a well ventilated area, and work with approved safety equipment, such as those dust masks that

are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.

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The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers. The safety symbols and the explanations with them deserve your careful attention and understanding. The symbol warnings do not, by themselves, eliminate any danger. The instructions and warning they give are no substitutes for proper accident prevention measures. WARNING: Be sure to read and understand all safety instructions in this manual, including all safety alert symbols such as "DANGER," "WARNING," and "CAUTION" before using this reciprocating saw. Failure to follow all instructions listed in this manual may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious personal injury.

May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury. WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury. CAUTION: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury. Damage Prevention and Information Messages
These inform the user of import information and/or instructions that could lead to equipment or other property damage if they are not followed. Each message is

preceded by the word "NOTICE," as in the example below:

NOTICE: Equipment and/or property damage may result if these instructions are not followed. WARNING: To ensure safety and reliability, all repairs should be performed by a qualified service technician. A WARNING: The operation of any power tools can result in foreign objects being thrown into your eyes, which can result in severe eye damage. Before beginning power tool operation, always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shield and a full face shield when needed. We recommend a Wide Vision Safety Mask for use over eyeglasses or standard safety glasses with side shields. Always use eye protection which is marked to comply with ANSI Z87.1

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Some of these following symbols may be used on this tool. Please study them and learn their meaning. Proper interpretation of these symbols will allow you to operate the tool better and more safely.

A Hz W

Amperes Hertz Watt Minutes
Alternating Current Direct Current No Load Speed Class II Construction


Frequency (cycles per second) Power Time
Type of current


'V =

Type or a characteristic of current Rotational speed, at no load

Double-insulated construction


Per Minute

Revolutions, strokes, surface speed, orbits, etc., per minute Do not expose to rain or use in damp locations. To reduce the risk of injury, user must read and understand operator's manual before using this product. Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields and a full face shield when operating this product. Precautions that involve your safety. Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in serious personal injury. Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in serious personal injury. Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in serious personal injury. Failure to keep your hands away from the blade will result in serious personal injury. To reduce the risk of injury or damage, avoid contact with any hot surface.

Wet Conditions Alert

Read The Operator's Manual

Eye Protection
Safety Alert No Hands Symbol

<i> @ &

No Hands Symbol

No Hands Symbol

No Hands Symbol

Hot Surface

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WARNING: Read all safety warnings and instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.

Save all warnings and instructions for future reference. The term "power tool" in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.

Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.

Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.


Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock. If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of a GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.


Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use the tool while tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
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Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure that the switch is in the OFF position before connecting to a power source and/or battery, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or energizing power tools that have the switch on invites accidents. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry- Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry or long hair can be caught in moving parts. If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure that these are connected and properly used. Use of these devices can reduce dust-related hazards.


Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the job better and more safely at the rate for which it was designed. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.

Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tool operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.

Use the power tool, accessories, tool bits, etc., in accordance with these instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
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Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.

Follow instructions in the Maintenance section of this manual. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow Maintenance instructions may create a risk of shock or injury.


Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces, because the belt may contact its own cord. Cutting a "live" wire may make exposed metal parts of the power tool "live" and could give the operator an electric shock. A suitable breathing respirator must be worn while sanding lead paint, some woods and metal to avoid breathing the harmful/toxic dust or air. Always wear safety goggles and a dust mask when sanding, especially sanding over-head. The machine is not suitable for wet sanding. Secure the workpiece. A workpiece clamped with clamping devices or in a vice is held more secure than by hand.

Your Belt Sander has been shipped fully assembled, except for the sanding belts and dust-collecting box, which are included in the carton. Inspect the tool carefully to make sure that no breakage or damage has occurred during shipping. If any parts are damaged or missing, return the Belt Sander to any Sears store or other Craftsman outlet in the United States to have it replaced. Please see the Operations section of the product manual for instructions for installing the sanding belt and dust-collecting box.
Carton Contents

Sander, 3 sanding belts, filter, dust-collecting box, manual. WARNING: If any parts are missing, DO NOT operate this tool until the missing parts are replaced. WARNING: Your Belt Sander should NEVER be connected to the power source when you are assembling parts, making adjustments, installing or removing belt, cleaning, or when it is not in use.

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OPERATION Before attempting to use any tool, always learn about all of the operating features and safety instructions.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS Input: Square Feet Per Minute Sanding belt size Protection class 120V, 60HZ, AC only, 6 Amps 700 RPM, 1000 SFPM 3"X18"

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SANDER (Fig. 2)

2. 3. 4.

Connect the plug to an electrical outlet.

Start the tool by squeezing the on/off trigger switch. Release the trigger to stop the tool. The lock-on button allows the operator to keep the belt sander running without continuously holding the trigger switch. While squeezing the trigger switch, depress the red lock-on button, then release both the switch and the lock-on button. To release the lock-on button, squeeze and release the trigger switch.


NOTICE: The trigger cannot be released if you are pressing the lock-on button. A WARNING: DO NOT let familiarity with your belt sander make you careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient to cause severe injury.

WARNING: Always disconnect the plug from the power source before attaching or removing a sanding belt. 1. Place the sander on its side, and pull the lock lever out and toward the front of the tool. Insert the new sanding belt around both rollers. Make sure that the arrow on the inside of the sanding belt points in the same direction as the arrow indicated on the sander. Center the sanding belt over the rollers and the bottom plate, then push the lock lever back to its original position to return tension to the belt.



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When a new sanding belt is installed, the sanding belt tracking may need to be adjusted several times as the belt becomes more pliable with use. When the sanding belt tracking is correct, the sanding belt will remain centered on the rollers during use. 1. Hold the belt sander upside down, and turn it on.

NOTICE: This position is for the purpose of adjustment only. Do not allow the sanding belt to come into contact with a work piece or any other object during adjustment. 2. 3. If the sanding belt runs inward toward the belt-tightening knob, rotate the belt-tightening knob clockwise. If the sanding belt runs toward the outside, rotate the knob counterclockwise.


Your belt sander is supplied with a dust-collecting box. Use it for removing dust from the sanding space to help keep the working area clear.

Before sanding, attach the dust-collecting box to the sander.

For longer periods of use, or on large pieces of work, it is advisable to use a suitable vacuum cleaner. Attach a 1-1/4-inch wet/dry-vac hose to the dust-exhaust port.

It is advisable to also wear a suitable dust mask, as there may be residual airborne dust particles in the area. To install: Align the dust-exhaust port with the dust-collecting box outlet. Push the box onto tool until it is firmly seated (Fig. 5). To remove: Grip the dust-collecting box firmly, and pull it out from the tool.

A WARNING: Clean the dust-collecting box approximately every 5 minutes or when dust escapes from the vent of the dust-collecting box.

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Clean the dust filter: Open the cover (A) on top of dustcollecting box, and remove the filter (B). Gently tap the filter to remove the dust, or use a soft brush. The filter may then be rinsed with water (no soap), if desired, and allowed to air-dry (Fig. 6).


The Belt Sander has two live-tool indicator lamps (Fig. 7). When the tool is plugged into an electrical supply, the live-tool indicators will show green lights to remind you that the tool is plugged in. When the tool is unplugged, the lights will turn off.


A WARNING: Finish sanding can produce clouds of fine, sanding dust that could ignite in the presence of sparks or an open flame. To avoid injury, always use your sander in a well-ventilated area, away from sparks and flames.

Secure the work piece with clamps or other means to keep it from moving while sanding.
Be sure the cord is clear of the sanding belt.
Grasp the handles firmly: Hold the front handle with your left hand and the rear handle with your right hand.

Start the sander off of the work surface to avoid gouging. NEVER start or stop the sander with the belt in contact with the work surface. Place the "heel" of the sander on the work first. And then, with a slight forward motion, begin the sanding stroke as you lower the tool onto the work surface.

Use the front handle to guide the sander and the rear handle to control the sander.
Use short, overlapping strokes, moving the sander slowly back and forth across the work surface.

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Do not apply pressure to the sander. The sander is correctly weighted to provide the correct pressure. Too much pressure will slow the work by overloading the motor and reducing the belt speed. Use coarser sandpaper for heavy sanding; do not use increased pressure. Avoid tilting or rocking the sander or sanding in one spot for too long. This will result in an uneven surface.

Begin sanding with a coarse-grit sandpaper, and gradually use finer and finer grits, until the desired finish is achieved. Do not switch from a coarse grit to a very fine grit in only one step.
To stop, lift the belt sander from the work surface before turning it off. Disengage the lock-on button and release the trigger switch. Allow the sander to come to a complete stop before setting it down. A moving belt will cause the sander to "run away", even if the motor is off.

WARNING: DO NOT at any time allow brake fluids, gasoline, petroleumbased products, penetrating oils, etc. to come in contact with plastic parts. They contain chemicals that can damage, weaken, or destroy plastic. Before cleaning or performing any maintenance, make sure that the belt sander has been disconnected from the power supply. Keep all ventilation openings clean. When servicing a tool, use only identical replacement parts. Follow instructions in the maintenance section of this manual. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow maintenance instructions may create a risk of electrical shock and/or serious personnel injury. All service that requires opening the belt sander MUST be performed only by a qualified service technician. All motor parts constitute important parts of the double-insulation system and MUST only be serviced by a qualified service technician. Service performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury. Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts. Most plastics can be damaged by commercial solvents. Use clean cloths to remove dirt, carbon dust, etc.

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Belt Sander MODEL NUMBER 320.17559

Always mention the Model Number when ordering parts for this tool. To order parts, call 1-800-469-4663.

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Belt Sander MODEL NUMBER 320.17559 Always mention the Model Number when ordering parts for this tool. To order parts, call 1 -800-469-4663.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Part No.
2740234000 2750824000 2800026000 3120234000 3120398000 3121011000 3121034000 3121036000 3121049000

Part Name
Stator Rotor
Brush Holder

1 1
2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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Cord Anchorage
Front Pulley Cord Guard Timing Belt Rubber Bushing Rubber Spring Left Housing Belt Cover

3122976000 3122977000 3122978000 3123002000 3123003000 3123004000 3123006000 3123007000 3123008000 3123009000 3320411000 3320412000 3320423000 3402156000 3420508000 3420102000 3420101000 3420525000 3520032000

Fan Baffle
Mounting Cover

Right Indictor Cover Left Indictor Cover Lever Left Rubber Gasket

19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Right Rubber Gasket

Dust-Collecting Box Cover
Dust-Collecting Box

Right Housing Middle Housing Filter Assembly Adjusting Knob

Mounting Small Belt Pulley Large Belt Pulley

Rear Pulley


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30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
40 41

Part No.
3550143000 3550144000 3550145000 2822072000 3660291000 3660130000 3700138000 3700145000 3700183000 3700249000 3700487000 2822222000 4540017000 4870313000 4930004000 4960010000 5610006000 5610024000 5610049000 5610103000 5610106000 5610034000 5610035000 5610037000 5650048000 5650049000 5650050000 5660029000 5680017000 5700004000 5700005000 5700031000 4860006000 4810002000

Part Name
Front Pulley Shaft Rear Pulley Shaft
Gear Shaft Support Assembly
Spring Spring
Mounting Plate

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 4 4
2 2 8 1

Washer A Washer C Washer

Epoxy Board Belt-Control Assembly Power-Supply Indicator

42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
55 56 57

Switch Connector
Carbon Brush Tapping Screw Tapping Screw

Tapping Screw
Tapping Screw Tapping Screw Tapping Screw Tapping Screw Thread-Forming Screw Wave Washer Plain Washer Plain Washer

8 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 3

E Ring Rivet
Ball Bearing Ball Bearing Needle Bearing Inner Wire

58 59 60 61 62

6 1
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Power Cord & Plug