This is not exactly true. Like for like, there really is no difference.A proper size automotive belt will definitely work. They are better quality than industrial belts.
If you can find one. Narrow link belts aren't available everywhere and I'm not even sure the narrowest one will fit a benhtop press's pulley.You could get a link belt
Link belts can be easily foundThis is not exactly true. Like for like, there really is no difference.
A crap automotive belt is worse than a crap industrial belt. Comparing a serpentine auto belt (which has more contact area ) to an industrial v-belt isn't really fair - anymore than comparing a segmented/ notched industrial belt with an auto v-belt is.
If you can find one. Narrow link belts aren't available everywhere and I'm not even sure the narrowest one will fit a benhtop press's pulley.
Maybe you should have led with that.Don't mind me...30 year career in the belt business. Go ahead and listen to the clueless
Now you see why I skip commenting on most posts.Don't mind me...30 year career in the belt business. Go ahead and listen to the clueless
+1Again, it is just a v belt...
Napa in Abilene,Texas carries fractional hp belts for a sheave drive made by Dayco. And automotive belts...FYIHarbor Freight sells Link Belts....Tractor Supply Store sells V-belts ( designed for Farm use)..Napa, Auto Zone, and O'Reiley's , and Advance Auto sell automotive v-belts.
My Harbor Freight 5 speed bench top drill press needed a new belt after about 5 years of use....walked in to Auto Zone with the old belt, walked out with a new V belt, for about~$5, counting tax...
Again, it is just a v belt...
Question: how well does a Link belt fit down in the v grooves on a pulley? Or, do you have to buy the "proper" style pulleys, too.
Note: IF it will be a while between uses, relax the belt tension a bit, keeps the v belt from getting any "set"....and avoids the vibrations from a belt that has sat too long in one spot under tension.
I would agree with you on Napa stores being high price and average quality. I know the counter man from when I worked at a business that bought a lot of belts from them. He still gives me their price. The local Dayco dealer phased out belts and hoses so the Napa store picked up the Dayco non auto belts. Retail was almost $ 15...When I bought my drill press, it had a vibration. Didn't seem to affect drilling, just annoying. Using a link belt on the motor pulley (two belt type) helped a lot. I was kind of expecting the motor to have a short life, but here it is, 20 years later doing fine. They are pricey.
I'm kind of amazed at Rhodessam getting a belt from Napa for $10. I guess it's competition (western Maine). I've sworn off buying anything from Napa that I can source elsewhere. Oil filter: $25 Vbelt I don't remember the price, but the notoriously expensive hardware store across the street was cheaper.