More Affordable V Link Belt

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Review by JasonWagner posted 12-03-2020 10:15 PM 1186 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a Grizzly G1023SLWX that’s a 5 hp saw with three 3/8” belts. I got it slightly used with the stock belts and it always made more harsh sounds than I liked. I swapped those belts for grooved Gates belts and didn’t notice much difference in smoothness other than they weren’t “set” as new. However, I always had a “bang” on power-up and shudder on shutdown. I know this has been discussed to death. But, the bang started to bother me so I was looking at linked belts. It made a huge difference = stopped the issue of the bang on start and shudder on stop. I was as cheap as possible and ordered 72” of belt to replace 3×25” belts that almost maxed out the travel of the motor. The 72” I got took the bare minimum of travel but I was able to walk the belts on and there’s sufficient slack. So this review is for belts from…I don’t know if they resell another brand but so far it’s everything I wanted. Link belt sizing and linking is quite the pain until you figure out you just have to manhandle it and bend/twist stuff until it fits and connects. A pair of needle nose pliers is your friend.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#1 posted 12-05-2020 04:40 AM

Thanks for the lead and info.

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#2 posted 01-10-2021 08:57 PM

I found the same results with my table saw. Also added all steel balanced pulleys that came in a kit with the link belt. Still, a big hurdle to overcome the price for the belt because I’m cheap. worth the money.

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 12:24 AM

I’m cheap in weird ways too but this was really worth it, even just for the sound and no shudder on shutdown. I put one on my bandsaw too shorty after this. I don’t think I need one on my drill press or jointer. I sure wish the miter saw or planer was belt drive instead of the “screaming” direct drive.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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