link belt upgrades to contractor saw


I was wondering how much difference those red link belt upgrades make to a contractor saw. I have a delta 34-444 with the standard belt (original issue- 12 years old). It does shutter and vibrate when starting up and shutting down. Probably vibrates more than it should during operation. What difference will changing to the expensive $25 link belt have?
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Well, the two things you mention will disappear, if mine's any indication, and I had one of Gates' best no-memory types on it when I went red. The motor seems to stay put rather than climb under load, so you literally can set a nickel on edge and feed a chunk of 4/4 maple without toppling it. Twenty-five will seem cheap after you've run a few boards through.
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I agree with George. It is money well spent. You will get more power during difficult cuts and the vibration is very low.
Tim

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go to http://groups-beta.google.com/group/rec.woodworking and search for "link belt". You'll get more answers than you could read in an hour.
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I had an opposite experience with the green jason industrials belt. On my Jet contractors saw, the link belt slipped, and howled horribly. I had to go back to my no memory cog belt. That belt will bite hard enough to stall out the motor, a 2hp grizzley upgrade.
Alan
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short answer: LOTS. all of it good.
Quieter under start-up/shut-down, and no load.
*noticably* less vibration, which translates to smoother cutting, and better 'ease of use'.
what more do you want? Egg in your beer? <grin>
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My table saw shuddered terribly on startup and shut down, and definitely did not pass the nickle test. New link beltn ballance a dime from startup to shut down! All saws should come with a link belt. Worth every penny. Just make sure your pulley is the right size for the right belt. I was advised to put a 1/2" belt on my 3/8" pulley. The motor dropped twice. 3/8" works fantastic- If yours is 3/8 Grizzly.com has them.
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