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Forum topic by ginasdad posted 11-30-2017 03:03 AM 1358 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2017 03:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: nova 162444 belt replacement pulley alignment tip lathe turning

I recently had to replace the drive belt on my Nova 1624 lathe and was in contact with the help desk at Teknatool asking about aligning the pulleys since misalignment would wear the belt. He responded very quickly and was very helpful. The pulley was stuck on the shaft and his suggestion to use wedges to move pulley worked like a charm. He also suggested for belts. I had found belts available locally but they were $30 or $40. The Belt Guys were $2.03 each. I got 3 and with shipping it came to $27. The arrived today and are the real deal. Just wanted to pass this along.

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#1 posted 11-30-2017 04:40 PM

I replaced mine one time and it was no big deal. I had to remove the handwheel and two or three screws in the outside panel and was able to slip the new on without moving the pulley(s).
On wear, (unless they have changed) they spec a six rib microbelt. The last groove as you move up the pulley is not a full groove but a half groove so if you place the belt there it will rub. You can get a five rib instead or you can just leave one rib in the air which is what I did.

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#2 posted 12-10-2017 11:36 AM

Wish I had read your post a few days ago. I just bought a belt ‘on sale’ at Woodcraft for $14.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 03:20 AM

Ginasdad, which belt is it?

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#4 posted 07-19-2018 07:25 PM

For those interested – I just spent 1/2 hour on the phone with Mac at (1-800-213-9715) and ordered 4 belts for $15.71 with shipping. I don’t have it yet and, as a result, am not 100% sure it fits. I’ll repost after it gets here. The part number they stock as is 230J6 – D & D POWER DRIVE Replacement Serpentine Poly V Belt.

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#5 posted 07-20-2018 06:14 AM

Good price on the belts, I think I paid about the same but it has been quite a few years.
As to parts… Nova part number is 6PJ584. 6 is still the number or ribs and I guess PJ is microgroove; the 584 is length in millimeters.
In the U.S. the PJ is just J, 6 is still the number of ribs, and 230 is the length or 23 inches.
About any place will use one (or both) of the numbers for the same belt and it makes no difference in make such as Gates, A&I, etc.

IIRC most of the makers manufacture the belts with 220 ribs and the seller just slices off the number of ribs you want. Although you can use 5 rib as well or better, when I ordered they wanted more for five rib than six rib. Using the six rib can cause the one inside rib to rub and wear/fray and you think you need a new belt when you just need to not use the groove on the inside.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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