link belt for Rikon 10-325 bandsaw

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Forum topic by jdh122 posted 01-04-2015 03:47 PM 1198 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2015 03:47 PM

I’ve had the Rikon 10-325 bandsaw for a couple of years now. Very happy with it overall. I’ve found, however, that I’m using up the belts and having to replace them faster than I think I should. I wonder (a) if anyone else has the same problem, (b) does it suggest misalignment of the pulleys somewhere? and especially© if anyone has replaced the belt with a linkbelt. The pulleys have small grooves in them and the belts have small tongues, which is why I’m uncertain. Seems possible that a link belt might just pop off.
My local bearing/belt shop was unable to find an off-the-shelf replacement so I have to order them from Rikon. Not the end of the world but a minor annoyance.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 04:24 PM

I also have a Rikon 10-325 that is about 2 years old. It gets a fair amount of use, often for cutting down green bowl blanks up to 12 – 13” thick for turning which I would think puts a lot of strain on the machine. I have not noticed any degradation of the belts, making me think that your problem may be a misalignment issue as you suggest.

I’ll be watching this topic to my watch list to see what others think. I don’t use any link belts on equipment now, but understand they can greatly improve performance.


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#2 posted 01-04-2015 06:46 PM

I have the 10-325….

A link belt would not work on one….
Unless you were to change out the pulleys.

However, that won’t matter, if you don’t align the pulleys correctly….
Which is what I think your issue is.

Fixing the misalignment shouldn’t be that difficult to diagnose, nor fix.
Good luck….

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 01:21 AM

Thanks for the advice DIYaholic. I can see how to align them with shims or washers. To check the alignment, would I just use ruler?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 02:13 AM

I use a steel straight edge to align the pulley faces. A ruler will work.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 02:19 AM

Misalignment will tear up belts.. particularly on poly-v belts, which is what it sounds like you have. They should last many, many years even with heavy use if properly aligned and tensioned.


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