I bought a 1/2 inch link belt for my General Table Saw
Unfortunately, the 1/2 inch is too wide for my saw and keeps slipping
off. I understand that the manufacturer also makes a 3/8 inch version,
but non of the usual sources (Lee Valley, Rocker, Woodcraft) mention
anything but the 1/2 inch version. Does anyone know a source for the
Why a link belt? They are inherently weaker and do not transfer 100% of the
motor power to the blade. The only advantage I can see is they may reduce
some vibration in applications where the device does not get used often
enough to keep a standard v-belt flexible enough.
After all, they were originally designed as an emergency fan belt
replacement and never intended for a permanent replacement.
The main reason I got one was because my saw came missing the belt and I
figured this was the quickest way to get up and running. Second, I've
heard several good comments about the reduction in vibration.
Fenner (the manufacturer) certainly doesn't position them as a temporary
Since I was a kid, JCWhitney, PepBoys, United Auto, along with many
independent auto parts houses sold them as emegency fan belts.
The number one manufacturer sells them as emergency belts as well
Where did you find the Thoro-twist belt at a good price? I've got the
green Harbor Freight link belt (five feet for US$20) on my drill press,
and now I want to get a new belt for my jointer. If I can find the
Thoro-twist for less, I would definitely give it a shot.
The red link belt material sold by WW places is an industrial product,
not a temporary auto emergency belt. Check the manufacturer's page at
details. (The Engineering Data link includes a picture of a 200 HP saw
drive with this stuff that outlasts regular v-belts four to one.)
"Thoro-Twist V-Belting is a perfect candidate for
v-belt drives that have no take-up adjustment capability or, as an
emergency replacement v-belt when the standard v-belt size is not
available. Thoro-Flex can be assembled by hand and rolled onto the
drive just like a bicycle chain. Strong and flexible,
fabric-reinforced urethane rubber construction.
Available in 3L, A, B, & C cross-sections in 100 foot continuous
Was that an "or" in there? <G>
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