Replacing belts on a porter cable drill press

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Blog entry by Jason™ posted 11-17-2012 06:11 PM 12780 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently purchased the Porter Cable drill press from Lowes about a week ago and have been interested in replacing the stock belts that come with this machine. I am having trouble justifying if the ½” Link belts that Rockler sells will work with for me.

I know that alot of others on here have purchased this same press and am just curious about getting these belts for mine. The stock belts on this machine are made by Haimen: Front M26 Rear M24
I measured the width of these belts which were about 3/8”. The pulleys look like they would accept a ½” belt but then again I do not want to order these belts off of Rockler and have to return them because I ordered something that does not fit my machine.

Has anyone else replaced these V belts on there same drill press and if so which ones should I get?

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 06:58 PM

If the belts are ribbed, replace with appropriate ribbed belts.
If not, 3/8” link belts will make a good amount of difference in vibration and are worth it.

Why replace the belts btw?

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 08:11 PM

I have had a Porter Cable drill press for almost 5 years and I am still using the same belts that came with it with no problem of vibration. I will keep using them until I feel they need replacing…at that time I would switch to the link belts.

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 10:58 PM

I’ve had good luck sourcing belts from my local Napa Auto Parts, I bring the old one in, they measure it, and hand me a new one. If you have vibrations that you believe are belt related try using a cogged v-belt…they don’t take a set like the standard v-belts, run cooler, and are significantly less expensive than link belts.

The big question is why do the belts on a week old machine need to be replaced? A new machine should be darn near vibration free out of the box. I would consider looking into warranty/exchange options from Lowe’s before shelling out cash for new belts.

I read about your lid rattle issue in another post, I had the same issue in a drill press I refurbished. A couple of self adhesive felt pads (made for the bottom of chair legs) trimmed to fit the two corners and center near the latch got rid of the rattle and keeps the lid from slamming down.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 01:46 AM

Yeah I guess I was just anxious to replace them with the Link belts due to all the publicity they get on this site. Greg you are true about the machine and the factory belts. I have ran the machine a total of about almost an hour now and it does seem to be much more quiet now since the belts have had a chance to work in. Had to vac out the rubber this afternoon that was building up in the pan from the new belts.
A10GAC – I appreciate your observance to my interests. Sorry I can’t think of the right way to say thanks for answering a question I had posted on another page concerning this Drill Press. Those felt pads or even some of those plastic nipples that are used on cabinet doors were my first idea to use to quiet the rattling lid. Like I said above the press is beginning to break in now and really is running quite smooth and silent. Although I can’t close the lid just yet till I get ahold of some thing to put around the inner rim of the Belt housing lid.

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 01:53 AM

Link belts are one of the best marketing ploys on the web. Truth is, a good quality V-belt will work as well as a link belt at 1/5 the cost.

Take it as you will: Link belts = hype!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 02:24 AM

@ Jason – Pure coincidence to be honest. I was searching for posts flagged as “drill press” & “drill press tables” and happened to find both posts in a span of about 30 minutes. If I hadn’t, my gold fish like memory would never have made the connection.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 02:56 AM

If it taint broke don’t fix it. Wise words from some guy years ago if you ask me unless the press is weak there is no reason to change something that works fine.

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 04:54 AM

Jason, Since you just bought it I too would say give it some time to wear in a bit before you make a decision to go with a link belt. But if you do decide go go that route. Check out this review by Lew..

and look for Unionlabel’s comment regarding a a purchase option. I went with them to purchase the one for my lathe when the belt went and was very happy with my choice.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 11-18-2012 07:04 PM

I went into Graingers to buy a link belt for the v-drum sander that I’m building … $56.00 for a five foot chunk!!
After my eyes started to focus again, I politely said no thanks.
On the way home my wifemate asked if I’d looked at HF, so detoured over to HF and picked up one for $22.00 for the same 5’ chunk.
Does it work any better than a V belt?? not that I can tell; (but I’m using cast pulleys.)
I slit a piece of vinyl tubing and put it on the lid edge to stop the rattle on my DP

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 06:38 PM

I agree with the dude50. if it’s not fixed I wont broke it. ,,,,,,,,,wait a min,,,,

-- atta boy Clarence!

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