Need help finding a replacement belt for my Carba-Tec mini-lathe

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Forum topic by Ken Waller posted 09-20-2009 07:46 PM 6195 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ken Waller

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09-20-2009 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: v-belt drive belt mini-lathe

I have a 20+ year old Carba-Tec whose belt is not long for this world. The belt is 3/16” by 25” total length. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement. Current Carba-Tecs have smaller belts and belt suppliers I’ve checked don’t have a belt that narrow.


-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 10:16 PM

I found one!!!
I found a similar belt that was too short and found the manufacturers name on the belt. Went to and was able to find the belt and a local company who could order one for me.
For the benefit of those looking for belts in the future.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 10:35 PM

Have you ever tried those segmented red belts. They will sure take vibration out of any machine and you can get them to fit any machine because you can add and subtract links to your needs. Expensive though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 10:43 PM

Hi Mike,
I have the segmented belts on my tablesaw and my General 260 lathe and they do work wonders in eliminating vibration. Unfortunately they are too wide to use on the Carba-Tec.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 04:10 PM

I had a craftsman lathe and the inner transmission belt would wear out every 2 months and Sears would fix it ( thank You super 5 year protection agreement) anyway I no longer have that problem. A freind of mine talked to his Gates rep and told him my problem showing him my old belts. Sears was installing Gates belts made in China, he sampled me 5 Kevlar versions of the belt, also At the same time Sears decided to replace the Lathe with a JET 16/42 So no more problem, For more detail you can read my ” MY new Favorite TOY” review on the lathe. Until Sears asks for the old lathe it lives in a freinds garage. Anyway check to see what version of the Gates belt you acquired. I might be able to put you in contact with the rep if you need it.
Happy rotating.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 04:23 PM

Thanks for the tip on belts.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 05:02 PM

Since you’ve found a replacement belt already I guess it’s not as big of a deal, but later down the road, if you need to replace it again, you can look into replaceing the pulleys as well. That way you can get a different, more readily available belt.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 03:33 PM

Thanks all for the help and suggestions. I just picked up the 2nd of the 2 belts I ordered (now I have a spare). At $28.00 a piece for such a small belt it was tempting to only buy the one. Having a spare should ‘guarantee’ I won’t need one for a while. Andrew, you may want to pass on to your friend to pass on to the Gates rep, that searching the web did not put me on to the Gates site (maybe if I’d checked out all of the 3 million hits I had for “machinery drive belts” I might have found it) As it was, I noticed the name on a too-small belt sent to me by a woodturning supplier. Otherwise I would still be looking.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 08:45 PM

I have a carbc-tec mini lathe model CML3XL. Anyone out there has a manual. I had to remove the controller box and replaced the on/off switch. I had to disconnect the wire from the controller board and now I can remember where they plug in. I send an n email to the company and they did not response. Apparently this is a common problem communicating with this company. Even a picture of the inside of the controller box will work for me.

-- Artesano Luthier

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 09:06 PM

check with a supplier of sewing machine parts.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then force it to fit.

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