|Review by David Grimes||posted 10-18-2011 02:13 AM||15911 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
There are at least two common brands of link belts on the market: PowerTwist belts, manufactured by Fenner Drives, are red. Accu-Link belts, from Jason Industrial, are green. The Harbor Freight belts are the green Accu-links and the subject of this review. The regular price is $24.99 for a five foot piece ($5 per foot).
I have the pleasure of being a Ridgid BS14002 bandsaw owner. Luckily, mine did not have the vibration issues that others have experienced. However, there was some minor vibration and I wanted to make it as good as I can get it (within reason). A blade change made a noticeable difference that I would have been satisfied to say good enough, but since I already had the link belt, I went ahead with the very simple installation.
taking them apart, removing links, and re-attaching the ends could not be any easier. It is a quick bare hands exercise that takes seconds. I was able to get within one link of the size with the first attempt, then quickly removed one more link. After I slipped it on, my tension was already about what I wanted, so I fired it up. The difference (change) was NOT like night and day, but it was just a little bit smoother. Also, the noise (to my ears) was neither louder nor quieter.
I do plan to add one of these to my table saw and my planer at some point, but no hurry. I’v got nearly 18” left of this one to save for the next 5 ft. order.
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 stars because it is not inexpensive (versus using an automotive belt) and it is only sold in 5 foot lengths at Harbor Freight. I would have ordered 2 more feet and taken care of the table saw as well (or just ordered 4 feet for this bandsaw only).
I am pleased with the product, have no regrets and would recommend to a friend.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia