Rikon Band saw drive belt

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Forum topic by Bumpy posted 03-10-2017 10:54 PM 671 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2017 10:54 PM

I recently acquired a lightly used Rikon 10-320 band saw. The previous owner had died and his wife was selling some of the tools.

It needed a new drive belt, found one easy enough. To change the drive belt, you must remove the lower wheel, no problem, put the belt on and then apply tension via the hand operated crank. Regardless of the amount of tension, the belt will not stay on the pulleys.

The owners manual is not much help, any hints or suggestions would be appreciated

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 11:19 PM

Have you checked that the motor pulley and wheel pulley are properly aligned?

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 01:56 AM

Can you post a picture. I think I can help you. I believe there is a tensioner and you probably are just routing it wrong side of the tensioner (sometimes called idler). I also have a similar 12” bandsaw made by rikon for sears and I have worked on lots of macines with drive belts.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 02:50 AM

The tensioner goes on the inside of the belt. Manual has picture.

Make sure the belt is fully on the pulleys. Don’t have the outer V hanging off the pulley.

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 11:59 AM

I have the belt installed as shown in the manual, the tensioner is “inside” the belt, so when the tension is increased, the belt is “pushed” back.

The belt is fully on the pulleys also.

Thanks for the replies, I will check the alignment next.


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