Question On Link Belts

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by ChuckV posted 04-14-2013 01:16 AM 1359 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ChuckV's profile


3119 posts in 3526 days

04-14-2013 01:16 AM

About six years ago, I replaced the 1/2” V belt on my jointer with a link belt. I bought a 1/2” link belt, but found that there was not enough clearance around the upper pulley. I used that belt on my drill press instead and bought a 3/8” link belt for the jointer. It has been working great ever since.

Today I picked up an older lathe. I plan to replace the 1/2” V-belt with a link belt here too. I tested with a piece of 1/2” link belt and again there is not enough clearance between the upper pulley and the guard. The link belt does not sit as deep in the pulley as the original belt.

Maybe I just ran into two cases where the pulley geometry does not match that of the link belt. The jointer is a Delta from 1999 and the lathe is a Rockwell from 1974.

Has anyone else noticed this?

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

3 replies so far

View punk's profile


181 posts in 2415 days

#1 posted 04-14-2013 12:14 PM

im restoreing adelta lathe from the 40’s belt sits high but works great

-- Punk in PA

View PurpLev's profile


8535 posts in 3647 days

#2 posted 04-15-2013 01:01 AM

the link belts are flat belts and not v-belts, hence they do not fit “into” the pulleys as the original belts. just the nature of the beast. as long as there is enough tension on there it should work just fine though. you can always get ‘gates’ brand belt which is a v-belt and is a high quality belt (and does not develop memory bumps) for a 1/3 of the cost of a link-belt

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View ChuckV's profile


3119 posts in 3526 days

#3 posted 04-15-2013 01:12 AM


The ones that I got from Fenner are V-belts. They do have a V profile, but it seems that the angle is different, which causes the difference in where they ride on the pulley.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics