Does anybody know where I can get a belt made for an old style
belt-driven polishing machine/collector?
Look in the Yellow Pages for “Belting”. If you live in a smaller
community, you may have to try a larger city directory.
Three questions you’re going to have to be able to answer when
getting the belt aRe:
1. Is it a flat belt or a V-belt?
2. How long must the belt be?
3. If it's a flat belt, how wide must it be?
You can determine the answer to # 1 by looking at the pulleys. Are
they flat or do they have a V in them?
The answer to # 2 can be found by wrapping a piece of string around
the pulleys in place of the belt. Pull it tight & mark the string so
one mark covers both ends. Remove the string & measure the distance
between the marks.
Most belt driven polishers have some means of adjusting the distance
between the motor & the polisher. When measuring this distance, be
sure the motor is adjusted so it’s as close to the polisher as
The answer for # 3 can be found by measuring the width of the pulley
that contacts the belt. If there’s a difference in width between the
motor & polisher motors, use the narrowest width.
If a flat belt is needed, the ends will have to have lacing installed
to permit connecting the ends together after the belt is installed.
Usually places that sell belting will install the lacing.
Another way to connect flat belts is with rivets. I’ve done it both
ways in the past, but the lacing is by far the easiest & fastest.