Link Belt Upgrade is it mounted one direction only?

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Forum topic by stooler posted 08-04-2015 01:22 AM 2514 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2015 01:22 AM

My new to me RIdgid TS2424 came with a few nice upgrades, one was a leather link belt. During cleanup I removed the belt, and thought I was real smart by marking the left side in a few places so I could replace it properly. I did just that, ran the saw for a minute or so, then continued on with cleaning and inspection. I removed the belt again, and when I went to replace it this time, the marks were gone.
I’m thinking that this is a one direction belt, and hoping someone out the can describe how it needs to be fitted.

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 01:32 AM

I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 01:43 AM

So long as the saw runs properly and the pulleys aren’t slipping the belt, don’t sweat it.

A picture would help, since I’m having trouble visualizing what you’re talking about.

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 02:00 AM

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 03:03 AM

It isn’t a critical deal, but we sell the US made link belts, and It’s all we use on nearly every machine in our metal and wood shop. Over time they can wear incorrectly, and the tabs can get caught and break a link if they are put on in the incorrect direction.

Now we do have the belts on machines with forward and reverse, but usually most people don’t use reverse as much. I’ve also noticed that the way the pulley is designed and machined seems to matter as well, like if the V grooves are deeper or shallow, or if the edges are rough, etc… Either way everyone recommends to put them on like this:

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