Belt differences

Vibration caused by belts often comes up on this forum. I've replaced crappy vee belts with link belts on my lighter machines. However, I've also recently come up with another choice.
My drill press recently needed a new belt, the local hardware store had only one belt in stock, it's green in color, and softer feeling than a standard black belt. The green belt was the same price as a standard version, much cheaper than a link belt. The machine runs noticeable smoother with the green than with a standard black vee belt.
The only thing I can say is that it's a Gates product, I don't have the original sleeve. The store employees don't know anything about it. Has anyone else seen these? Are they still made?
Barry
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Were up to four years ago, when I cut the old one for my lathe and put one on. They were designated as "machinery" rather than "automotive," IIRC. Logical for a farmers' Co-Op store. I would say that they're designed to run under lower tension.
You've looked at http://www.gates.com/ ?
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George wrote:

Yup, no luck. They may have been replaced with polyurethane belts.
Did you notice the same improvements over a typical belt?
Barry
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Yep, no jump at startup or shudder at shut -down. Pretty much what the link belt did for my tablesaw.
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Wed, Feb 23, 2005, 6:02pm (EST+5) keep_it_in_the_newsgroup snipped-for-privacy@thankyou.com (Barry) claims: Vibration caused by belts often comes up on this forum.<snip>
Have you tried suspenders? Worked wonders for me.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote in 3157.bay.webtv.net:

I thought you weren't wearing pants these days?
Sorry. That wasn't fair. Hope you're feeling better.
Patriarch
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May not have been fair, but I guess it all depends on what he's suspending... Might explain some popularity with the wimmen-folk.
Actually, I can imagine what the front of the suspenders can attach to, but I'm puzzled about the back...
Clint

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I've changed belts on a couple of my machines from V to Link. I have noticed no appreciable difference. I have a vibration issue with my floor drill at higher speeds but the pulleys are the culprits in this case. Mark

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Barry, Based on your experience, I spray painted all my drive belts green. I don't see any difference in performance. I went the next step and painted my pants belt green also. My wife saw no difference in my performance either.
Am I missing a step Ed
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wrote:

you misread: < it's green in color, and softer feeling> your wife may notice a *degrade* of your performance, if anything....
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

Moisturizer for the belt, available at any Bath and Body Works store.
Your wife wants it softer? Anti-Viagra?
Barry
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