Can I use a link belt anywhere a V-Belt would be used?

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Forum topic by jonah posted 05-05-2014 06:54 PM 904 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2014 06:54 PM

After a recent move, I cannot find the belt that went with my Enco 8” jointer. According to the manual, it is an A-52 v-belt.

Would I be better off picking up a Harbor Freight link belt instead of the v-belt? Can a link belt be used anywhere a v-belt is called for? Any reason I shouldn’t go for the link belt?

I would assume I can get an A-52 at any auto parts place. There’s a HF about five minutes further away than the closest auto zone, which is why I’m asking.

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 07:21 PM

Not always. Sometimes the belts need to be matched. Tooling requiring multiple belts don’t work well with the link belts.
If only one belt is needed the link belt might be the way to go.


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#2 posted 05-05-2014 07:24 PM

It’s a single belt from the motor directly to the cutter head.

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 09:36 PM

As long as the belt and pulley mate up it should work fine. Most link belts are 1/2” wide, but some are 3/8”.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 10:38 PM

“MATCHED” belts are a thing of the past … we had a 300hp motor on an air classifying mill at work that had 18 belts on it, and they were a PAIN to take on & off due to clearance and disasasembly problems. We tried the link belts and never looked back. If one should stretch a little, it simply won’t pull until the others stretch equally … NEVER had a problem with them, and we could change all of them in a little over an hour.

I don’t have a single tool in my own shop that doesn’t have the PowerTwist belts on it … all have from one to three belts, and they have been great.

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 02:52 AM

If I had a tool with more than one belt I would try to get and use a matched set. That is the way it is supposed to be done.

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 03:06 AM

A link belt will be fine just be aware that Harbor Freight and Woodcraft only carry 1/2” belts and they may not fit your pulleys. Jakep 82 recently did a post about what a difference link belts made on a refurbed Grizzly G1023 and he included the link to a source for the 3/8” belts many machines must have.
Here’s the link to his post

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#7 posted 05-06-2014 03:14 AM

I have three of the HF link belts on my 3 HP Jet cabinet saw and the saw runs great….

“matched set” kind of implies +/- 0 between the belts. But that’s a tolerance that doesn’t exist on planet earth.

I have not taken precise measurements, but see no reason to think that the link belts make up a less precise set.

The segments are die cut and tooling tolerances I’ve seen for laser cut die boards and automatic rule bending machines are pretty impressive.

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