Can a link belt replace a ribbed belt?

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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 01-06-2013 07:29 AM 1629 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2013 07:29 AM

I’ve got some Power Twist link belt I’d like to use. But the belt I would be replacing is a ribbed rubber belt. The pulley is ribbed and does not have…. sides. I think they are called flanges. There are grooves cut into the pulley and the ribs on the belt fit into them.

I tried a quick test and the link belt didn’t want to stay on.

Can you replace a ribbed belt with a link belt?

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 08:58 AM

The ribbed belts are called serpentine belts. It sounds like you already have your answer though.

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 09:15 AM

No, you can’t. Not without replacing the pulleys too.

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 04:39 AM

Linked belts don’t do much on some machines in terms of vibration reduction so I would make sure it’s really worth it before you start changing pulleys etc.

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 04:52 AM

Unless you’re suffering from extreme vibration caused by the ribbed belt and pulleys (highly unlikely) , you have nothing to gain by changing them : ) The Power Twist is for V-belt pulleys.

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 09:25 AM

Changing pulleys isn’t going to happen. I just happened to have some link belt on hand. I was under the impression that a link belt reduces vibration and gives a smoother operation to whatever is being driven.

I slapped a link belt on my Harbor Freight jointer and it did seem to improve things.

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 10:33 AM

A link belt will offer smoother operation than a v-belt that’s got problems, but it won’t do much for a belt that’s performing well.

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