3" Stanley belt sander

I own an old 3" Stanley belt sander Model # H-31 A, and I need a new belt #MS1774. Can anyone help me find a supplier. Sander is in great working condition. Thank-you.
Harry
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I did some quick looking myself, and will confirm Mike Marlow's results. You may be able to find a generic belt (or even a large O-ring) or modify something to make it work. It might be possible to splice a belt to fit.
I have a feeling the best guys to ask are machinists. The group over at the Home Shop Machinist BBS, http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/forum.php , has a few members who regularly build neat things with belts and pulleys. (Post in the General forum--the Helping Hand forum doesn't see much traffic.) You may also want to post at Practical Machinist. (I can't tell you anything about that site other than I've read many useful threads there.)
The other approach that comes to mind is to contact a belt supplier to see if they have a compatible belt. I know Taig uses Gates belts on their tools, so that might be a place to start.
Speaking of Taig and belts... They use a rubber band to drive the lathe power feed. I saved the rubber bands from the packaging as "spare belts" and have used a couple of them. It wouldn't be a permanent solution, but it might get things going again.
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There are several companies that make tons of belts and many custom ones.
Try these guys - long time vendor to this place.
http://www.woodworkingshop.com/abrasive-belts/
It would be best to know the width and length. That helps in the search. Forget the model number - just size of belt.
Martin
On 5/25/2015 4:44 PM, Harry wrote:

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On 05/25/2015 9:35 PM, Martin Eastburn wrote: ...

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OP's looking for a drive belt for the machine, _not_ sanding/abrasive belts...
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On Monday, May 25, 2015 at 4:44:04 PM UTC-5, Harry wrote:

Send these guys an email, with as much detailed info (and pics, if you can), as possible. http://www.beltsforanything.com/site1.php
A time or two, they've done the impossible for me, as for a having a replacement belt. They have reference books for matching belts, for having the right belt or an appropriate replacement belt.
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On 5/25/2015 4:44 PM, Harry wrote:

Google sand paper manufacturers, many will custom make a size for you.
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On Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:44:04 PM UTC-4, Harry wrote:

I'm not specifically recommending this Harbor Freight belt, just suggesting an adjustable link belt such as the one shown here:
http://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html
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On 05/26/2015 12:01 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Won't cut it; they're a flat, toothed belt like a small automotive timing belt...no idea on where to find replacements of such in any specific length.
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On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 2:05:37 PM UTC-4, dpb wrote:

How about McMaster-Carr? Hundreds (?) of timing belt choices.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#timing-belts/=xcnwwo
There are a couple of suggestions for splicing toothed belts in this thread. None of them look very promising, but it might give the OP some ideas. I have no clue if 50% of the original strength is enough to run the sander:
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/60510-How-do-you-close-the-loop-with-a-cut-to-length-timing-belt?s c14fbb60655276e4215657a4e7df96
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Relax!
Go to the Auto place with your belt. Let them measure it. The have books of belts - pages of them they ignore.
I have done that on Sealed Bearings - Not the wheel size but Disk Drive size! I bought a box load and they were happy for another sale.
If not there - see if there is a 'rubber gasket' company near. They can make them or find them. Rubber is their business.
Likely found at other industrial suppliers as well. I have one on my engraver - tooth grippers. I run flat pulleys.
Martin
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On Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:44:04 PM UTC-4, Harry wrote:

You could see if McMaster-Carr has one based on your dimensions (width and outer circle)
http://www.mcmaster.com/#timing-belts/=xcpeg3
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What type of belt is it?
O-rings, v-belts, and of course link belts can be had in any size. Leather belts can still be made as well.
I've got v-belts as narrow as 1/8" for the spindle on my Taig mill. I've got o-rings running turning racks for drying fishing rods, and I whenever I have a belt fail on one of my drill presses or mill drills I just replace them with link belts because they are quieter and vibrate less.
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