Linked belts = no vibration

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Blog entry by barecycles posted 10-18-2012 05:20 PM 2035 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well a buddy of mine asked me to try linked belts just for the heck of it. So I did, not expecting much but it has completely removed the vibration. The saw passes the nickel test. Now its on to moving the saw to its final resting place in the workshop and wire it accordingly. Then, get the T2 fence installed.

BTW, let me apologize for the poor video, it’s a cheapo camera.

To be continued…

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 10:35 PM

It didn’t happen to be the Harbor Freight linked belt did it?

I was at Harbor Freight on Friday picking up the 2 hp dust collector and I had their linked belt in my hand as well as the 20% off coupon.. but alas.. i put it back as it wasn’t needed at this very moment.. but it did seem very high quality.. and only $21

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 10:54 PM

Actually it was. My buddy had some on hand and that is what we used. I have not decided if I will use them or order some from McMaster’s. Either way, I’m amazed at the improvement. I know this is a controversial subject, linked belts or matched belts, and all I can say is linked belts worked for me.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 11:16 PM

Can’t see the video but I will have to try it.

Recently, I have purchas a new used table saw. It is not a dream saw but it will have to do for now. So I have been spending to tune so I can get the best performance out of it. Among the task is vibration. Currenly it is actually pretty good but I would like for it to do better. I already solved the wobble blade issue by flattening the arbor flange so a link belt should farther improve the vibration reduction.

Question: How does the belt go on? Shouldn’t the pointed tabs be pointed away from the direction of travel?

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 12:19 AM

I purchased a link belt and machined pulleys a number of years ago for my Crapsman Contractor Saw from in-line industries . It was night and day with the performance. Cannot recommend enough.

HHHOPKS, the links have little arrows on them indicating direction of travel. It is controversial however the green vs red belts have no discernible difference to me.

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 02:35 AM

5 feet for 21 dollars (with the coupon).. and its more than likely enough for two saws..

nice upgrade.. I’ll be sure to pick that up when I’m there next time…

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 03:32 AM

I picked up two HF link belts. I’m about to pull the trigger on the machined pulleys from In-Line Indutries. I too, have a C’man contractor TS.

My purchases are based totally on recommendations & reviews from LJs!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 11:32 AM

Another plus on the link belt side concerns the deceleration of the motor. The VFD allows me to control how quickly (or slowly) to stop the motor. With std belts if I tried to stop it any quicker than 5 or 6 seconds it had a vibration to it. With the link belts I was able to get it down to 2 seconds w/o any vibration.

Also, when watching the frequency upon start up, once it got to about 40 Hz, the vibration was at its worse. Once it got to full speed (60 Hz) the vibration was less noticeable but still there. Again, with the link belt, there was no vibration at any frequency.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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