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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #57: HF Accu-Link V-Belt on Hitachi C10FL -- Wow!!

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 08-30-2015 03:50 PM 1175 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Previously I blogged about the very noticeable vibration and wobbling noise when the recently acquired 2009 Hitachi C10FL table saw was operated. Fellow LJ COGoose recommended buy the Harbor Freight Accu-Link V-Belt to solve the problem. The wife and I were going to be in the Triple-Cities area where a Harbor Freight is located, so a stop was made to pick one up.

The Accu-Link A-Link-5 belt comes in a 24” length. I needed about 9”, this left lots for future replacements. Here is what is left over after making up the needed length:

And what the appropriate length looks like installed:

How well does it work? Does WOW!! say enough? I have seen ads and videos speaking to or just showing link belts installed. I had to see and hear it to believe how well they work. The vibration problem is gone and the only sounds from the saw are the revolving bearings and whirling blade. Nice.

Eventually I will make wood wings to span the voids left by the front and read fence rails. This week some time a couple of 4” to 2-1/2” dust collection adapters will arrive in the mail and one of these will allow me to button up the back side and run the Shop Vac/Dust Deputy dust collection off the bottom of the saw.

Good timing on the v-belt replacement. I have a new dish washer being delivered on Thursday. I need to have a cabinet made and both installed by the end of the weekend.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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nailbanger2

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 05:05 PM

Good to know about the v-link belt, Paul. You just know everytime you mention a C10-FL I’m going to pipe in.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 06:52 PM



Good to know about the v-link belt, Paul. You just know everytime you mention a C10-FL I m going to pipe in.

- nailbanger2

You keep piping in, nailbanger2. I need all the help I can get!

By the way, I’ve decided to buy one of those zero-insert phenolic units for better, safer cuts. I’m also going to pull the complete blade guard assembly off and make a splitter to replace it. I’m not comfortable running the saw without a splitter or riving knife. The rest just gets in the way.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 07:55 PM

Thnx for your post and your review Paul. I’ve looked at this belt almost every time I visit my local HF. I’ll bet I picked it up 3 or 4 times, only to place it back on the shelf. Maybe the next time, it will make it to the cashier, then to my shop. I’d like to give it a try on my old ‘50’s, Craftsman table saw, and possibly my band saw.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 08:07 PM


Thnx for your post and your review Paul. I ve looked at this belt almost every time I visit my local HF. I ll bet I picked it up 3 or 4 times, only to place it back on the shelf. Maybe the next time, it will make it to the cashier, then to my shop. I d like to give it a try on my old 50 s, Craftsman table saw, and possibly my band saw.

- Roger

You are most welcome, Roger. Before I knew of the HF model, I was looking at the Fenner Drives PowerTwist Plus A/13/4L @ $8.95 per foot. If HF didn’t have a similar version (keep in mind the wife and I were going to be down that way anyway) I would have ordered the Fenner Drives to see if it alleviated the problem. But hey, if the HF lasts half as long as the Fenner Drives would have, I still got the belt sooner this way and for no greater the cost. Time will tell what value I got out of this.

By the way, Roger…the Fenner Drives specs say this shouldn’t be used on smaller than a 3” pulley. Both pulleys on the Hitachi are slightly less than that. We’ll see if it matters.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#5 posted 08-31-2015 03:34 AM

Glad it worked out so well for you Paul!

-- Just making sawdust

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 02:45 AM

Paul, where are you finding phenolic inserts for your saw? That’s definately the way to go. I made one out of maple, it’s not pretty with the edge needing to be so thin and all the other obstacles that need clearance. I’d like to get a few more for different blades and dado set if they are strong enough. I use the splitter that comes with the saw, not ideal, but I used a job site saw for a long time before I got the Hitachi, so I was thrilled.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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