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Forum topic by Notw posted 01-15-2015 09:18 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Notw

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01-15-2015 09:18 PM

So for Christmas I got a power twist link belt to replace the belt on my table saw. Being as how I have a Ridgid TS3660 is has a ribbed belt and not a v-belt. Out of curiousity I put the power twist belt on the ribbed pulley and before it came off I could tell a noticeably smoother start and quieter running. So that makes me want to be able to use the power twist belt but I would have to replace the pulleys.

So has anyone ever replaced the ribbed pulleys with v-groove pulleys and if so how and most importantly where do I order new pulleys from?

Thank you


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 09:24 PM

You could try Grainger. We have one locally here and they stock that kind of stuff. Otherwise, Fastenal or McMaster Carr probably carries them.

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 09:25 PM

A pulley is a pulley (unless you want to call it a sheave!) :)

As long as you replace them as a matched set, with correct diameter and bore size, there is nothing stopping you from changing them over. The only real difference would be the ‘gripping’ force.. a poly-v belt has much more grip than a standard v-belt (think each of the ribs as an individual v-belt). You might experience some slippage with the v-belt configuration. Won’t know until you try it.

You can find pulleys all over the place.. msc, graingers, tractor supply, amazon, etc…

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 09:26 PM

The pulleys for a Craftsman 315.###### contractor saw should work, or even an older Ridgid that predates the ribbed belts. The pulleys from a Craftsman 113.###### contractor saw might work too. I’d think Ebay would be a good source. Just match the inside diameter.

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Notw

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#4 posted 01-16-2015 05:06 PM

so by the “inside diameter” do you mean match the ribbed portion of my pulley to the bottom on the “V” dimension on the “V” pulley?

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#5 posted 01-16-2015 05:18 PM


so by the “inside diameter” do you mean match the ribbed portion of my pulley to the bottom on the “V” dimension on the “V” pulley?

- Notw

This should help…note that they call it a “nominal diameter” on the v-pulley:

Since the TS3660 shares so much ancestry with the Emerson and Ryobi Craftsman and older Ridgid contractor saws, pulleys from those saws should work very well with your 3660. Obviously the bore of the pulleys needs to match the shaft they’re going on.

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#6 posted 01-16-2015 07:35 PM

Some dislike the link belts. But many agree they are an improvement on a contractor saw. I found it was a very noticeable improvement on my saw.
Some say they will wear aluminum pulleys, but I haven’t noticed that on a drill press used at a local shop.
I bought a used 5hp shaper that had the power twist belts already installed, I replaced them with top quality V belts, only to re-install the link belts because of the smoothness…...no slip.
The manufacturer states they take 24 hours of run time to equalize when running multiple belts. The two belts on the shaper are equal in tension. Adjustment is odd, I tend to think they need to be tighter, they then go back to a looser tension, but stay there, and not slip.

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