As we now have the belt/brushbar removal tools in stock at long last, I was asked to put together a short tutorial so people can see how easy they are to use. So here is how to use your new belt lifter tool.
These tools are designed only for machines with brush control (a clutch), but I reckon if you cut a slot out of one side with a bench grinder, it will suit non-clutched machines too.
So, here is the tool:
Pop off your sole plate by turning the three plastic screws a quarter of a turn using a two pence coin (or a quarter if you are American) like so:
Then remove your sole plate like so: