Why pay more?

  • Advertise with us
Review by lovinmrv posted 10-29-2010 03:42 PM 5931 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Why pay more? Why pay more? No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

I bought a new (used) craftsman belt drive table saw about a month ago and was amazed at the vibration. So, following the lead of all the LJ’s who love their link belts, I thought I’d give it a try.

In comparing prices, I found two price points:
- Harbor freight at $4 per foot, and
- Everyone else at $8 per foot.

Yankee that I am, guess which price point I chose?

I adjusted the length and installed the belt in under 30 minutes last night (Note: I sized the belt to match the inside diameter of the old V-belt that was on the saw, thinking that it would give me room for inevitable stretching as it worked itself in.)

I fired up the saw, and instead of shake rattle and roll, I got a nice hmmmm, and made several test cuts.

Curious, and having seen the quarter trick done on a SawStop, I pulled out my trusty vibration sensing device and set it on edge on the saw table.

The picture is the proof…smooth as silk, the quarter stood there like nothing was happening.

I’ll look forward to seeing how this belt holds up, but for now, I am very pleased.

The only reason for 4 stars is the snails pace shipping to get the belt…about 9 days. But, good things are worth waiting for.

I hope this is helpful.

-- Life is a sales job.

View lovinmrv's profile


101 posts in 3867 days

21 comments so far

View Bluepine38's profile


3387 posts in 3893 days

#1 posted 10-29-2010 03:50 PM

I agree, I put one on the rebuilt Delta 6” jointer and it works great. HF just put a store in Missoula about
4 months ago, so I do not have the shipping issue.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

View ducky911's profile


237 posts in 3597 days

#2 posted 10-29-2010 04:35 PM


I have just finished a tune up on my table saw and I bought this belt and it is very good. After I got it I bought new pulley set that came with a belt———- exact same belt

The pulley set gave me mere power on my 30 year old contractor craftsman. And the belt made it run smoother.

Harbor freight is so good whish they get into more wood working stuff.


View IrreverentJack's profile


728 posts in 3651 days

#3 posted 10-29-2010 05:42 PM

Thanks for this review. I’ve been looking at this for a while and wondering how it compares to my red belt. If it goes on sale I’ll try it out. -Jack

View Jimi_C's profile


507 posts in 4043 days

#4 posted 10-30-2010 12:39 AM

Interesting, I didn’t know HF had a version of this. I’ll need one if I ever get around to finishing my bandsaw, I’ll definitely grab one from them.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

View Bryan_M's profile


46 posts in 3851 days

#5 posted 10-30-2010 04:49 AM

I buy the same belts. They work great. Don’t know if anyone noticed but mine actually said “made in the USA”

View Roger's profile


21030 posts in 3612 days

#6 posted 10-30-2010 04:49 AM

Very good review. Thnx. How long have you had this green belt on your (how old is your craftsman TS?) saw? I read somewhere long, long ago, that these types of belts would get ate up by the pullys…. huh… maybe not…. appreciate your feedback

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View lovinmrv's profile


101 posts in 3867 days

#7 posted 10-30-2010 04:55 AM

Hi Roger, thanks.

I installed the belt yesterday, so this is not an extended use review.

I’m guessing that the saw is 25 years old. I’ll do a search on the model and serial number search and report back.

-- Life is a sales job.

View a1Jim's profile


118104 posts in 4385 days

#8 posted 10-30-2010 04:58 AM

View Roger's profile


21030 posts in 3612 days

#9 posted 10-30-2010 05:09 AM

thnx a bunch for the response. my saw (craftsman) is/was made back in the ‘50’s to the best of my knowledge. I bought it off a friend whom the saw was left to when he passed. Anyway, I’ve added the Beisemeyer fence to it, which really helped a bunch. It purrs pretty good. I’ll be happy to hear how your belt holds up. Maybe you can “clock” your hours or somethin…. ruff guestimate would be fine I guess. I would definately check your pulley everytime you turn this on….. just to be safe. Keep me posted. Thnx again

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View Lochlainn1066's profile


138 posts in 3585 days

#10 posted 10-30-2010 08:40 AM

Wow, for $4/ft I will have to start upgrading more of my tools. I love link belt but it’s usually expensive. Sometimes HF has gems among the TSO’s (Tool Shaped Objects).

-- Nate,

View dlmckirdy's profile


199 posts in 3941 days

#11 posted 10-30-2010 09:20 AM

I don’t know what took so long on the shipping. I just bought a bandsaw riser block kit from HF and it arrived in two days. I bought the bandsaw in the local (Bakersfield, CA) store, but you have to order the riser kit from HF Corporate.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

View RandyMarine's profile


236 posts in 4177 days

#12 posted 10-30-2010 03:19 PM

I have been looking for some cheap link belts for my tools…I wasn’t going to pay some of the rediculous prices some companies want. Thanks very much for the review! I will go to HF today and pick one up for my Jointer…that thing vibrate like a beast.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

View nmkidd's profile


758 posts in 3981 days

#13 posted 10-30-2010 07:15 PM

Thanks for the tip….......need one of these for a jointer i’m refurbing!!!..........Harbor freight has a store close by so next trip will see one of these in my shop!

note: i’ve ordered from HF and have waited up to 10 days.

dimckirdy: all mail order from HF comes from hq in camarillo, ca….about 100 miles from you….and you may have lucked out and it was ‘on the shelf’ ready to go.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

View b2rtch's profile


4920 posts in 3856 days

#14 posted 10-31-2010 03:58 PM

I wish I read this just few days ago, before I bought new V-Belts for my band saw.

-- Bert

View b2rtch's profile


4920 posts in 3856 days

#15 posted 10-31-2010 04:22 PM

Nonetheless, I have found by experimentation that the link belts are no better than cogged v-belts in some applications, and no better than top quality ordinary v-belts in others. Cogged belts share many of the advantages of link belts: excellent vibration dampening characteristics,

In my job place, we use hundred of V-Belts and we had very bad luck with cogged belts.
We much prefer standard V-Belts.
My experience is that cogged belts as taht they break much easier than standard belts.
The cogs break lose.
In addition I believe that ‘link-belts” were invented by a company named “link-belt”
( for which I used to work. Link-Belt now build cranes and excavators.

-- Bert

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics