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Forum topic by BiggKountry posted 08-26-2012 11:44 PM 1309 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BiggKountry

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08-26-2012 11:44 PM

I want to replace the belt on my bandsaw while I am tuning it up. Can I replaced the current ribbed v-belt with the Red Power Twist belt from Woodcraft?

Thanks,

Keith


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 12:00 AM

Sure.. the 4 footer is on sale now for $25.. or you can get a 5 footer at HF for $20.. I personally prefer kevlar belts for their low stretch and high strength but lots of people like the link belts as well.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 12:14 AM

I’ve had great results with the Harbor Freight green twist belts.

vibration before : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdoR-FJmHeY

lack of vibration after : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W6yQoMN-00

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 12:30 AM

If you’re referring to this type of ribbed belt , it should already be a smooth ride…I don’t think a 1/2” twist v-belt would work in your pulleys properly.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 12:33 AM

You should replace the pulleys too if you’re going to use a link belt. Are you having issues with the current belt?

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MrUnix

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 12:44 AM

Eeekk! Yup to what Dusty sez.. if you have those type belts then the twist link belts won’t work.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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BiggKountry

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#6 posted 08-27-2012 01:07 AM

No…I wasn’t having issues, but I just replaced the tires and installed new bearing guides on the saw. Since I had to remove the wheels to install the tires, I figured I would replace the belt since everything was apart. I got the Grizzly saw from dad and it needed some TLC.

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Grandpa

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 01:48 AM

The twist link belt is a V=belt replacement. It will not work with the ribbed pullies. A V-belt grips and powers through the side of the belt while the ribbed or serpentine belt pulls through the ribbed side or inside of the belt. Change the sheaves (pullies) and it should work. I don’t think you will gain much on your band saw by doing this but that is just what I think and not worth much more than that. In my opinion it wouldn’t be worth the cost to do this.

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MonteCristo

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 05:43 PM

I doubt the Red Power Twist belt is worth it on a bandsaw. I have found them really useful on a contractor’s table saw but otherwise not that big an improvement.

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Jonathan

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#9 posted 11-25-2012 03:42 PM

@ Dusty56,

Great comparison videos! You can hear the difference immediately upon you turning on the saw in the second video.

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 11-25-2012 03:57 PM

There was a vast improvement using the power twist
belts on my band saw, like night and day improvement.

Go for it.

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