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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 03-05-2011 07:10 PM 1321 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2011 07:10 PM

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I’m trying to replace the old belt on my Ridgid 3650 with a link belt I picked up a HF, but I can’t seem to get the thing to stay on. I looked at the Fenner Drives instructions so I know I have it facing the right direction and the length is the same as the factory belt I’m replacing. However, it comes off every time I turn the saw on. Will these belts work on a 3650? If so, any ideas as to what I’m doing wrong? Thanks.


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#1 posted 03-05-2011 08:09 PM

I don’t know anything about your Ridgid, but my 1st thoughts about your problem would be to check the alignment of your pulleys. If those are co-planer, then I would think you may have to replace the pulley/s themselves.
That’s just my opinion
Good luck with the fix. I know things like this can be very frustrating

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 08:32 PM

It should work. Check the tension on the motor. If the motor is jerking
on startup and moving because of a loose bolt or something, the belt
may jump off. I’m not familiar with your saw’s motor mount, but the
smooth belts start smoother because they slip on startup. The link belts
don’t slip which means they have to be in a move fixed relationship and
sometime the weight of the motor may not be sufficient to tension the

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 01:56 AM

A link belt will not work on a Ridgid saw. The Ridgid contractor style saws come equipped with a serpentine type belt and the pulleys for those belts are different. I’m not sure why you would want to replace the serpentine belt with a link belt anyways as the serpentine belt will product less vibration than the link belt. If you’re determined to put a link belt on your 3650 then you will also need to change out both pulleys.

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