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gljacobs

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1305 days ago

I have a mini dd70 reliant lathe and it came without a drive belt(i know) and I’ve been exhausting all my options and need help any suggestions.


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1305 days ago

if all else fails, and you cannot find the parts list online – you can always measure the size of the pulley and find a matching belt… it really boils down to thickness, and length – not much more.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 1305 days ago

Would one of those link belts work? They are easy to find.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 1305 days ago

I’m with GuyK on this one. The best prices for the link belt are at good old Harbor Freight, too.

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gljacobs

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#4 posted 1305 days ago

Those are good ideas that I haven’t checked out yet,
and I’ll definitely look into them to see if they’ll work. Thanks guys.
I also had a guy suggest an automotive outlet and find a matching size v belt.
I’ve never turned before and I’ve heard on a lot of forums that lathes are prone to eating belts…well some anyway. So the tougher the better I guess.
The size is 17” in circumference and 1/4” in thickness.
Also I think it’s a cord belt due to the pulley have a concave groove instead of a v groove like some of the other tools I own. Which made me think if I can’t find a belt to fit maybe I can find a pulley to fit the belt, retrofit it and all.
Do those link belts(heard there awesome) come in such a small size?

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gljacobs

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#5 posted 1303 days ago

Thanks guys found something…I’m turning and LOVING IT!

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#6 posted 1244 days ago

Hi, I have the same exact lathe, it was given to me also without a belt, I have spent the past several days trying to solve that problem with no luck. Please, what are you using as a belt and where can I get it?

Thanks,
WoodMaven

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gljacobs

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#7 posted 1243 days ago

I went to a local auto parts store and I looked for the smallest drive belts they had closest to 17 1/2” by 1/4” thick. They had one but it was 3/8”, which worked it just had to wear down on the sides to the desired thickness.
The draw back is a build up of melted rubber on the adjacent pulleys.

Also, in hindsight I would have gone with a slightly larger belt(18” maybe 18 1/2”) because I had to cinch the motor to it’s highest position to get it on, granted it has stretched a bit as expected, but this isn’t the best for the power cord which, by poor design or manufacturing, is loosely fed through the motor compartment over the drive shaft and this worries me that at some point it will wear down to the wires and I maybe become part of the circuit via the tool rest. I think after I post this I’m going to do some tinkering and fix the problem before I get a new hair do by no fault of my own.

If you are having trouble finding the belt, I still have the belt cover-slip that I kept in case I need to get another one. I could send you a picture of it so you may be able to contact the manufacturer directly or have a better chance at any of your local stores.
I hope this helps.
Garett

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