After some months of being without a lathe, I've
been given an old ZYTO, but I need some flat belting.
ISTR at one of the exhibitions that a firm (Hemingway?)
had some orange plastic round belting for drills that
you glued end-to-end.
I wonder if there is a similar product for flat belting;
specifically I do not wish to disturb the headstock and
the headstock's alignment to fit a belt.
I had exactly the same problem recently with my old Southbend. I
didn't want to take the head apart to thread a new belt in, and didn't
want one joined with "aligator" clips as they make a right racket
-especially as the belt is open (health & safety? -not in MY
workshop!). I bought a ready made & skived belt and some special glue
to fix it together -worked great, but the glue was expensive (and
lethal -poisenous, highly flamable, and an acid that you shouldn't let
come in contact with skin!). Is is still performing well, and
silently. I got it from Phoenex Belting (which is part of leicester
bearings) -might be worth trying some local bearing suppliers to see
what they can offer.
PS if you're anywhere Coalville (Leicestershire) you are welcome to
borrow the glue -I had to buy a small jar of it, but it takes hardly
any to join a belt.
Here's an idea
The fire hoses that the fire service use would be ideal for the
application your talking about.
A WHILE BACK I had a look at the belt on my Jones and Shipman
grinder........and I thought that looks familier..........it's the same
stuff as fire hose .......take it from me.
So get round to your local fire-station and ask if they have any ruined
hoses.You would just have to cut a peice out and your away....one
overlap when glued together aint going to be as bad as them other
things that make a racket.
all the best....mark