Belt on backwards from the factory

So going through the article to clean the air assist fan. Took everything apart and cleaned the fan, and went to put the carrier back in and it says that the smooth side of the belt should be outside and the teeth inside. I am looking at it and mine is the exact opposite shiny side in and teeth out. Can I take the belt out and put it back in the correct way?? first no cord now the belt is in backwards. i wondered why it was kinda squealing when the carrier went back and forth.

You do not have to take anything apart. I am quite certain it arrived assembled correctly. You just have to manipulate the belt properly. Share a photo.

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I am not sure how to add a picture here. any help??

Drag and drop it from your computer.

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I can’t see your photo. Put the carriage plate on a table and arrange the belt as shown here.

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Thank you, I had it the opposite way. That’s what happens when your brain gets old!!

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I assure you that I am way older than you. It happens because we are new at this. Soon you will be an old hand. Can’t wait to see what you make.

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is there a secret to getting the belt back on?

If Drag-Drop isn’t working, you can also click the little button that looks like an arrow coming out of a box, that’ll open up the file menu and you can find where your image is saved.

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on a PC it’ll be top center, on a phone it’ll be bottom right (both of your editing box when you make a post)

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Sorry for the slow reply. Did you get the belt back on?

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There are two rollers with one under each end of the gantry. The one on the right can be loosened and can slide quite a distance. You can easily put the belt on, but then you need to push the roller hard to the right and make sure it is tight.

If it is not far enought to the right and tightened down enough it can slip and loose track of where zero is. If you see a cut or engrave drifting that is likely the cause.

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I had my son in law come over and he got the belt back on for me.
Thank you all!!

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I’ve never loosened those bolts. Instead I put it on the left bolt, and put it under the right bolt holding it in place with my thumb - and then slide the head towards my right hand and it pops on. If it’s being extra stubborn I’ll start with the head all the way to the right so I have the greatest amount of time to push up.

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Ditto. There’s no way to make sure we tighten the belts appropriately, it’s just by feel. That has led to people having slipping or improperly tensioned belts. It takes a bit of finger strength but you don’t need to loosen the bolts to get the plate back on.

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I wouldn’t even venture to loosen the pulley. I just needed someone with a little more hand strength than I have and he had no problem putting it on once he had it started.

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