Delta drill press 17-950L V belt alternative

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Forum topic by HarleySoftailDeuce posted 10-15-2017 03:34 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2017 03:34 PM

Hello LJ members.

My drill press vibrates with the standard V belts.
My question is can I switch the V belts to a 3/16” dia. Urethane belts ?

As most know…there are 2 V belts.

Also, could someone recommend a source ?

Thanks again people !!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#1 posted 10-15-2017 04:17 PM

Don’t know, but you can use a link belt.

3/16”? Awfully small isn’t it? That’s the size of a rubber band.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 07:02 PM

most likely your belt is old and has developed a bump in it which generating the vibration (I am assuming the belt is the source of the vibration and not the motor. if you run the drill with no belt it does not vibrate, correct?)

other than link belt, you can also get a new V belt that is designed for your drill press that would also clear the vibration (gatorback v belts are a great option)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-15-2017 07:26 PM

Most power tools take 4L (1/2”) belts. Some drill presses (like mine) do take 3L (3/8”) belts. In neither case is a 3/16” belt advisable or even possible.

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 12:28 AM

Try a link belt set up. HF has them fairly inexpensive. Many do not like them and I would be the first to admit they do stretch and you have to remove links. But having one around for times like these works out great. One kit usually does the trick for any tool, with extra left. Get a couple and you might have enough for 3 belts.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 10-16-2017 12:37 AM

The HF link belt is a 4L belt, so be sure your drill press takes 4L and not 3L.

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#6 posted 10-16-2017 01:21 AM

Just another data point. I bought a link belt clone from Harbor Freight about 10 years ago to solve a vibration problem with a kit built drum sander. It worked and has been in service ever since.

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#7 posted 10-16-2017 02:02 AM

Thanks LJ members for youtr help again !

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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