The Orion Hybrid table saws (Craftsman, Steel City, Delta) come with a
ribbed belt/pulley drive.
My Steel City 3 HP Hybrid is a great saw excepting that it squeals for
a split second when started.
Steel City says this is normal. I have re-seated the belt several
times to make sure its fitting all the
groves on the pulleys. I'm wondering if anyone has re-belted their
Orion saw to correct this? I am
thinking a double machined pulley on arbor and motor with 1/2" link
belts might stop the slipping
belt problem. Any thoughts?
I replaced my belt with one of those link belt things and could not be
happier with the results. I am a real cheapskate and hate to spend $$
on much of anything, but this was a bargain at teh retail price and
If you are talking about the serpentine style belt that is used in the
automotive industry the squeal is in fact normal. Back in the early 80's
the Oldsmobile's with diesel engines equipped with this belt did the same
thing. A bulletin was quick to follow with the explanation that during
start up and shut down the engine begins to turn and stop with such sudden
force that the belt will slip. Most all 220 volt 3 hp electric motors also
start and come up to speed quickly as witnessed by the typical split second
thud/bang that many cabinet saws equipped with 3 belts display. Because
these motors do start up so quickly the serpentine style belt will tend to
slip and squeal during start up.
IMHO save your money and just come to appreciate the fact that your motor
has plenty of power. Switching to a belt that does not slip may in fact in
introduce the thud/bang noise. Pick your poison. ;~)
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