|Forum topic by dbhost||posted 11-26-2010 08:40 PM||4598 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
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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