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Forum topic by Lifesaver2000 posted 01-03-2010 11:40 PM 2178 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lifesaver2000

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01-03-2010 11:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: link belt tablesaw

I would like to try a link belt on my new table saw since many people seem to have good luck with them. The saw isn’t exactly loud and has pretty minimal vibration but if a few dollars can improve it then why not.

I don’t have any kind of woodworking store (Rocklers or the like) within three hours so I checked at the local auto parts store and they have a link belt material the correct width that is marked as agricultural and industrial. It looks similar to what is pictured on line but seems stiffer than I expected, feeling very much like older style automotive belt material. I’ve never seen the type of link belt sold for table saws but always pictured it as kind of rubbery.

I know that automotive belts should not be used with electric motors due to the different v angle but this is actually stocked and sold for use on commercial chicken house ventilation fan motors so I don’t think that is an issue.

I would just like some idea from someone who uses a link belt if this sounds like the right kind of stuff. I know I can order on line but just prefer getting stuff locally especially since it is half the price of on line ordering. I might just go ahead and try it unless someone can tell me this is definately the wrong stuff and might harm the saw.

Thanks for any helpful information.


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Spiffpeters

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 11:53 PM

I can’t speak to the belt which is available locally. The link belt material is indeed pretty stiff.

You may try to measure the width of you pulleys groove (top and bottom) or just bring the pulley into the store and dry fit the belt.

The link belt really smooths things out.

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Lifesaver2000

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 06:19 PM

Thanks for the reply.

As I mentioned, the size of the link belt I have available is correct, so that isn’t a problem. All I am really trying to find out is if the belts that are sold specifically for table saws from places like Rockler are of a hard, stiff material, or are more of a soft, rubbery type material. If the link belt material you are using is a hard, stiff type material then I will probably give this a try.

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 06:33 PM

I would contact rockler or any other retailer that sells the link belt for power tools and find out the thickness and material and then compare that with the one that’s available in your area. You may find that the one your considering isn’t as flexible as the one meant for power tools. I think the belts made for the chicken ventilation motors aren’t linked for vibration reasons but more for convenience of installation on different dimensioned setups. With that said, if they aren’t expensive and it’s easy to swap out on your saw then give them a try and see what happens.

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daveysprocket

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 06:34 PM

Yes, they are surprisingly stiff. They do loosen up a bit though with regular use. I love mine and will eventually put them on everything.

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 06:34 PM

yes, the link belt material is hard and stiff. I would say – very hard and stiff.

some believe that the link belt are over priced. there are other options out there which cost less, and provide you with the same result – a belt that doesnt develop memory bumps. Gates belts are considered pretty good.

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 06:49 PM

IIRC the link belts are color coded. RED =1/2” and GREEN is 5/8”

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Viking

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#7 posted 01-08-2010 09:33 PM

I am about to try a $6 Gates Tripower AX series belt on my mid 1970’s Craftsman table saw as a stop gap before spending $25-30 on a link belt. The present belt is a cheap, hard, non-segmentd belt which I now believe to be source of most of my noise and vibration.

Will post results after I get it installed.

Gates makes AX, BX, and CX with three different cross sections which should match about any pulley out there.

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#8 posted 01-08-2010 10:52 PM

The link belt is expensive, but well worth the purchase. I’ve use it on lathes, tablesaws, bandsaw and a homemade beal system. Every time it has taken the vibration out of the machine I had it on, I recommend it highly. Check it out 0n the review section.

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#9 posted 01-08-2010 10:53 PM

The link belt is expensive, but well worth the purchase. I’ve use it on lathes, tablesaws, bandsaw and a homemade beal system. Every time it has taken the vibration out of the machine I had it on, I recommend it highly. Check it out 0n the review section.

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#10 posted 01-09-2010 12:29 AM

VERY expensive. I’ve seen it as high as $8.50/foot. I have it on my bandsaw, and bought it at about $6.00/ft. It works, but is now at the point of diminishing return IMO.
Bill

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deeman

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#11 posted 01-10-2010 04:50 AM

I used the link belt on my bandsaw and it really helped with the vibration I was having. It was $32 for 4 ft.. I would recommend it

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#12 posted 01-10-2010 03:57 PM

The saw isn’t exactly loud and has pretty minimal vibration

The link belts are louder than normal belts, so you should fix the first problem. ;)

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