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ohtimberwolf

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957 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: belt power twist table saw

I wanted to put a new belt on my Delta 10” contractors saw in my shop and priced the Power Twist Belts and nearly fell off my chair.

Are these belts really worth 8-10 dollars a foot? Is there a good alternative that I could buy? I’m just a DIY person

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...


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Viking

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#1 posted 956 days ago

The one’s at Harbor Freight are just as good and a lot cheaper. $25 for 5 ft. belt and about $20 if you have one of their 20% off coupons.

http://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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ohtimberwolf

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#2 posted 956 days ago

Viking, thanks for the tip and the fast help. I will check it out. Larry

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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#3 posted 956 days ago

Short sweet answer, yes they’re worth it. Also, nothing wrong with the HF version.

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#4 posted 956 days ago

+1 on they are worth it and I have used HF belts and like them.

-- ~~ John . . . . . . . . . Against the Grain Woodworking & Design, LLC

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#5 posted 956 days ago

The only difference in the belts you find at HF is the color – green. By the way – mine was made in the USA.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#6 posted 956 days ago

I hope it works well for you. Please post your results when you get the new belt installed. The reason I ask you to post results is that I also have a Delta Contractors saw. It really is pretty steady except during start up. I was thinking about replacing the belt with one of the link belts but unsure if the pulleys didn’t need to be replaced too.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 956 days ago

I put one on my 1955 Magna Band saw. Wow!
I must have been drinkin’ when I paid the price 15 years ago, but it was worth it.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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ohtimberwolf

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#8 posted 956 days ago

Well I ordered it at HF as suggested. Looked around and got a 20% code off the net. Total cost of $28.67 for 5 ft. For those interested the code is 2OSAVE http://dealspl.us/harborfreight-coupons

The code is good for 1 item and only good one time. It worked for me, some said it didn’t work for them????

I’ll report back when I get it and tell you what I think. Thanks to all. It is coming slow ups so it will be a little while till I get it. Larry

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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agallant

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#9 posted 956 days ago

Can you use an old AC belt from a car?

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tenontim

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#10 posted 956 days ago

The link belts work fine, until you bind the blade and make a burn spot on the belt. Then it’ll vibrate like the dickens. Be sure to have some extra links for repairs.

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Viking

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#11 posted 956 days ago

I did try a Gates Power Belt (AX Series) on an older Craftsman contractors table saw. It was a big improvement over the original v-belt which had taken a set from low use. The Power Belts have the grooves on inside that prevent the set. That belt was about $7 as I recall. I ran the PBS for a few weeks then put a link belt on the saw and saw very little change in vibration.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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canadianchips

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#12 posted 956 days ago

A good quality belt IS WORTH the money, elimates chatter and lasts longer during hard use.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Viking

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#13 posted 956 days ago

You can typically see even more reduction in vibration by replacing the OEM pulleys, which are cast, with a couple of machined pulleys.

Also spend a little time aligning the pulleys with a straight edge.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#14 posted 956 days ago

The link belt is the only item that I have ever purchased at HF. They work fine. I have a couple that I also purchased at Rockler on sale and the only difference is the color. By the way, the links are not easily interchangable between the two brands. I had just enough left over from the Rockler one and just enough from the HF one to make another belt. It took some modification but I got it too work. The links are a different length as is the slot. You have to make one slot longer and cut one tab shorter for a really good fit to combine the two.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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ohtimberwolf

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#15 posted 955 days ago

Thanks for the good advice guys! I never thought about pulley alliginment or changing the pulleys for machined ones.

I just got my new Delta Fence put on my saw and the tables installed abound it and am going to start a new post with pictures because I need a lot suggestions on setting up the rest of my shop tools for use. I don’t want to have to move them again when I’m done. Larry

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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