Do Link Belts Need to "Relax"?

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Forum topic by ras61 posted 05-06-2014 08:39 PM 1025 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2014 08:39 PM

I just installed an Accu-Link belt on my contractor saw, and while there’s a huge improvement over the old stiff V belt, there’s still a little vibration and bounce in the motor – it won’t quite pass the “nickel test”. While this is probably pretty good for a contractor saw, the link belt had some memory from the cardboard sleeve it was folded up in, so I wondered if it will relax and get better over time, or is this as good as it gets? Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-06-2014 08:40 PM

Those links have to “seat” into each other, and my guess is it will smooth out after some small amount of run time. Take some time to cut some wood, putting a load on the belt….that should get you smoothed out.

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 09:38 PM

I agree with Fred. I’ve had a link belt on my contractor saw for 2 years and it runs smooth as can be.

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 10:14 PM

I too put a link belt on my Craftsman 113 table saw which made a big difference. Two things I noticed when I put mine on: First, the belt will stretch once the links “seat” into each other and I needed to shorten the belt by taking out a link or two. Second, and as mentioned already, after you run the saw for a while any vibration will diminish to the point where it should pass the nickel test plus the motor will not jump up and down when you turn the power off. I also find that my saw runs quieter with the link belt.

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