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Forum topic by dbhost posted 11-26-2010 08:40 PM 4880 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2010 08:40 PM

My Northern Industrial 16 speed drill press’ v belts are starting to crack, and leave nice piles of black rubber on the inside of the pulley guard. It’s time to replace those things. Now the question is, with what?

I am considering replacing the OEM v belts with link belts as I have an extra Accu Link belt from my band saw project left over. BUT… Is that the right approach. There is a lot of taking belts on and off of this tool when switching speeds, and I am concerned I might get things put on the wrong direction…

The other idea is to take the belts in to the auto parts store and see if they can match them up with with some quality belts like Gates or Goodyear…. (None of that Auto Zone or Oreilley house brand junk please!)

What’s the general consensus on replacing belts on drill presses, is it best to go back with a quality V belt, or is there an advantage to using a link belt?

I’m not worried about getting a vibration from a V belt as this thing gets used a LOT so it won’t stay tensioned in one position very long…

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 04:17 PM

Don’t have a clue. I am really lazy, and I don’t change the speeds on my drill press much, but it seems to plow through everything just fine…..........

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 05:31 PM

I replaced the OEM v-belts on my DP with link belts. I never really had any vibration problem but the link belts did make the DP run quieter. As far as changing speeds goes, the link belts are much easier to take off and put on than the OEM v-belts ever were.

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 12:11 AM

Well I noticed the “set” to the vee belts when my band saw started vibrating. Link belts cured it. The drill press doesn’t vibrate but I am concerned about all the tension / detension on the belts… I am managing to really mangle the original vee belts, and want a better solution…

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 04:56 AM

A lot of the auto parts houses close by me carry specialty belts, and a wide array of various angles vee belts. I won’t grab just any old belt, but will match the new belts to the originals… And actually, automobile V belts come in a dizzying array of sizes widths, and vee angles. While chances are slim to none that a belt from any sort of car would fit, chances are good that for Example Standard Auto or even Advance Auto Supply would have the belts… I would hate to have to go back to Northern Tool… The folks I have talked to there are far from helpful…

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