Friend of mine has an old F.E. Wells & Son Co. wood lathe that uses a flat belt. Well, it broke and he and his grandson are dead in the water on a project. It is 1.375 wide by 70" in length. He found someone that would make 2 for $105. Minimum charge deal. Any other sources?
Purchase the leather from McMaster Carr. Skive the ends with a milling machine, knife, or a plane. Glue the joint with leather cement. Alternatively lace with leather laces by hand, or use the belt clips.
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Take a fast trip down to the autoparts store for a 70" serpintine poly V belt. Pull the spindle, (if needed), install the belt either upside down or rightside up. Replace spindle as needed. Adjust belt tension, and dont worry about it for another 40 yrs. It can indeed be narrower by a significant amount without loosing any traction.
Hell..if you wernt in a hurry..Id dig around in that 4' x 4' by 4' deep box of belts I have and send you one gratis. It would be a cogged belt, likely, but simply run it upside down. Shrug
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Unless this belt literally crumbled to dust, why not just skive (cut it beveled and on a bias) each end of the break, get some contact cement, apply glue, wait for a few minutes, glue it together, and then hand stitch (sew it) through the glued area. If this would shorten the belt too much, then get an old leather pants belt and splice it in the same way too. Should work for a temporary anyway, to get them through the "project".
Brian Laws>Friend of mine has an old F.E. Wells & Son Co. wood lathe that uses a
Yes. Or maybe a short piece of pants belt attached (rivet, sew) to the outside of the broken belt. Or two 42" or so pants belts cut and attached together (you can drill lines of three or four small holes near the four ends, and sew the two together). Frank Morrison
Emergency belt - slightly OT: Driving to the EP airport in old '69 VW bug
3:00 am to catch red-eye flight, fan belt broke 10 miles from airport. Removed necktie, wrapped around pulleys in the dark, tied square knot, got to airport on time with engine cool and generator still charging. Arrived SF no necktie. Love them VW's.
I suggested rivet and sewing ideas when first approached last Friday. Also discussed making some hinges from sheet by making appropriate slots in 2 pieces & folding them over, use some rod for the pin, then rivets to the belt. He went searching for sources & ideas over the weekend and the 2 for $106 was the last I heard. Probably see him tomorrow, have sent along all suggestions from one of the greatest pools of knowledge I've been party to. Has anyone posed a query to this group and not gotten helped? We'll see what happens.