Are Link Belts a Permanent Solution?
I’ve read a lot about the advantages of replacing regular V-belts with link belts, but when calling around to some local distributors, I was warned that using link belts on tools over an extended period could lead to premature failure of equipment. Is this true? Can a link belt be used as a permanent replacement for traditional V-belts?
Ken Kimberley, Vancouver, None
Link belts are intended as permanent replacements for V-belts. As a matter of fact, numerous manufacturers install link belts on new equipment. The machines in our shop have been running with link belts for years with no problems.
The distributors you contacted probably were referring to the temporary replacement belts (which also are called link belts) that are used in a pinch until you can find a suitable permanent replacement belt. To avoid confusion, ask for Fenner brand PowerTwist Plus V-belts (www.fennerindustrial.com).