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Forum topic by ben10 posted 03-14-2012 05:25 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ben10

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03-14-2012 05:25 PM

I have changed my belt on my table saw & band saw to a red Power Twist belt (which I am very happy with, by the way). I’m now thinking about changing my drill press & stationary sander belts too. In looking through my Rockler Professional Feb. issue, I noticed they are selling Power Twist by the foot for $7.43…or in 4’ sections for $39.42. Is my math failing me? Also, does anyone know if there is a lower priced option out there? Thanks!

-- Ben


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#1 posted 03-14-2012 05:35 PM

Harbor freight sells 4’ sections for 25 bucks. supposed to be every bit as good as the power twist. Im seeing 9.29/ft or 33.99/4ft on rockler’s site???

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 05:53 PM

While we’re on this subject, and no attempt to hijack…...
I have the PT belt on my bandsaw with great results, but I’ve heard that they shouldn’t be used on the cast metal pulleys because of possible excessive wear.
Any hints or experience?
I’ve also heard that the HF belt is every bit as good.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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ben10

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 06:20 PM

JayW=I believe on the web site your prices are correct. The prices I found were in their Feb. Professional catalog. I posted those because they don’t make any sense! The $7.43/ft seems to be a pretty good price though.
Bill=Thanks for mentioning the cast metal pulleys. I’ll have to look into that as most of mine are cast. Are you saying excessive wear to the pulley? or belt? I’ve only had the belt on my saws for a couple of months and haven’t noticed any wear yet. I’ve also heard the HF belt is good. Maybe I’ll check into that one as I plan on buying 10-15’ and every dollar saved is a dollar earned.

-- Ben

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 06:59 PM

I,ve had hf power twist belts on my equipment for years they work great and i never have had any problems with the cast alum pulleys at all. this is one hf product that gets five stars.

-- BIG geo ---Occam,s razor The simplist answer is often correct

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 08:32 PM

Rick L=Thanks for the input. I questioned the use of the Power Twist belt. I thought they were too expensive & wouldn’t make that much of difference. However, I went ahead and purchased 4’ of belt. Much to my surprise, I received about 6’ in the mail! After replacing my BS belt (the old belt was twisted), I found I had enough left over to replace the cogged belt on my table saw. It really didn’t need replacing, but I did it anyway. The results were amazing! I noticed right away that it was quieter and had less vibration. It even passed the nickel test! So, although the price is probably about 3 times what a cogged belt would be, I think it is worth the buy as it is a long lasting product.
I checked the HF site. Their belt is about 40% less than the (red) Power Twist belt, so I think I’ll go that route.

-- Ben

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 09:10 PM

Nothing but good luck and excellent results with my HF belts…unless you HAVE to have the red color , there is no reason to spend the extra money : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 03-15-2012 02:48 AM

The HF belts are made in Italy.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 02:01 PM

Jim the HF belts I got with the discount coupon were made in USA, but that was a while ago, will have to
double check and see if they changed.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 02:28 PM

I have the HF green belt on my BS. What a difference! The one I have is made in Italy. Eventually I’ll put them on all my machines.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 04:58 PM

You’re right Gus. I have some that are made in the USA. I was in HF yesterday, and the ones this HF has now are made in Italy.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#11 posted 03-15-2012 08:48 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdoR-FJmHeY&feature=channel Before HF link belt installed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W6yQoMN-00&feature=channel After HF Link Belt

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ben10

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 10:11 PM

Dusty, thanks for posting! I had pretty much the same results with my table saw. I didn’t try the band saw with the regular belt because it had a nasty twist in it. I’m sure the results would have been similar. I bought the BS on an online auction site and didn’t know about the belt until I got it home. That led to the purchse of the Power Link belt i referred to in my original post. I’m definately going to go with the HF belt from now on due to the price difference.

-- Ben

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