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Help finding flat belt material

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Willy301, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    I am looking for flat belt material to fix my lathe. The belt that broke is 2 inches wide and roughly 58 inches. There is quite a bit of adjustment, so a couple inches either way would be ok. I have someone who can join the ends if all I can find is the material. This one was leather, it had gotten really dry then allowed to be out in the weather for some time before I got the lathe. I tried to rehydrate the belt with boiled linseed oil but before I could get it back to good health, it snapped and it was popcorn fart dry all the way to the core. I appreciate any help...
  2. TRIK3R
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 49


    I used conveyor belt material and the zipper joints to fix my SB 13 worked like a champ, maybe your local UPS building could help you out.
  3. bikersteve
    Joined: Oct 19, 2008
    Posts: 155


    Haven't ordered from them yet but heard good things about this supplier..... just about ready for a new belt on mine too
  4. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,443

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Look in local Industrial power supply...Or you can use a ribbed serpentine auto engine belt [8-ribb is about 1' wide] inside out but won't have the joint..

  5. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    Find the Sheldon lathe forum on Yahoo lists and then find John Knox. He is a retired supervisor from Sheldon and operates a flat leather belt business on the side.
    If you can't find him, PM me and I will send you his phone number and email addy.
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,966


    go to the Big and Tall section of the clothing store...58" is a big guy!

    I got some of the splicing stuff from McM-C enough to last me several lifetimes.
  7. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    The way my lathe is designed, you would have to disassemble the whole head to put the belt on without the joint.
  8. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    Thanks guys, will check all that out.
  9. deVco
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
    Posts: 24


    Belt Services, Elmhurst Ill. Give them the lenght and the width. Tell them it's for a lathe. You'll just hafta pull it around the pulleys and insert the pin. They usaly ship within two days. Around 60 bucks. I own a Belting Business in canada, and deal with them.

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