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Forum topic by Loren posted 833 days ago 808 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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833 days ago

I just bought one of those newer Reeves drive electronic
drill presses with the laser… standard Jet knockoff or whatever.

The belt looks like a 3/8”. I know it will stretch and raise
the minimum speed. Since I generally like to run my drill
press slow, I don’t want that.

My question is will a link belt work well as a replacement?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 833 days ago

The speed raises because the belt is longer so more belt goes past with one turn of the drive pulley? I didn’t realize that the stretch would affect drill speed! If I wasn’t already at home I could go home now because I’ve, yet again, learned something from the good folks of Lumberjocks. Thank you Loren.

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#2 posted 833 days ago

I think what happens is you can’t have the belt under adequate
tension at the slowest setting when it starts to stretch so to
get power transfer the tool needs to be run at progressively
faster speeds as the belt belt stretches.

I don’t want to lose the low speed on my new drill press
so I wanted to figure this out sooner rather than later.

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#3 posted 833 days ago

I’ll have to price out link belts as my low speed slips, just as you describe. I just thought that was how the machine was designed.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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