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mtnjak

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08-31-2018 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question belt tension rikon bandsaw saw problem tension

I got the Rikon 10-325 and it has worked great for the past 5 years or so up until fairly recently whenever I started having a problem with the belt. It doesn’t want to stay tensioned. I tension it and then proceed to cut and the blade stops because the belt loses tension. I contacted Rikon and they gave me some tips, tried those but it didn’t work. I know a lot of these are out there so I’m wondering if anyone here has had a similar problem. If so, how did you correct it?


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#1 posted 08-31-2018 05:58 PM

So you are seeing movement of the belt tension hand wheel while cutting?

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 06:47 PM

I haven’t tried to look at the wheel while cutting. I’ll do that and report my finding.

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 07:00 PM

The only reason I can think of why you are losing belt tension is the tension screw rod is backing off as you cut from vibration. It may be that you need a new belt. If you have the original belt I believe it’s a belt that looks somewhat clear/translucent and those belts do get hard and glazed and loose their grip.

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#4 posted 08-31-2018 07:36 PM

Link belts will get glazed and slip it’s all down hill from there. Red ones or the stinky one from harbor freight

-- Aj

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#5 posted 09-01-2018 03:16 PM

Whenever I re-tension and turn it on the tension stays put but the belt twists and works its way off the pulleys. I’ll remove the bottom flywheel and investigate the pulleys just to make sure nothing’s off there but I’m guessing I just need a new belt.

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#6 posted 09-01-2018 03:42 PM

Update: judging from these photos, looks like I’ll start with a new belt. Pretty worn in spots and twisted. Aj2, are you saying Harbor Freight sells replacement belts? I can’t seem to find any on their web page.

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#7 posted 09-01-2018 03:47 PM

your talking about the motor drive belt …. correct ? https://www.amazon.com/Ribbed-Motor-Drive-RIKON-10-325/dp/B071ZLDLFS
HF does not sell these belts maybe ereplacements.com :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 09-01-2018 03:50 PM

I’ll just order from Rikon. Thanks guys.

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#9 posted 09-01-2018 06:18 PM

I would like to make it clear what I think about Harbor Freight. Everything thing they sell is garbage and the store stinks.

-- Aj

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#10 posted 09-01-2018 06:33 PM

I mostly agree. I don’t shop their for major tool purchases. But I do go there for odds and ends. I did buy a Chicago stubby corded drill (for tight spaces) there once for $30. But I rarely use that tool so I couldn’t justify spending a lot more for a tool like that.

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