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    new link belt

    My refurbished $20.00 garage sale table saw was giving me fits. Wouldn't finish a cut without stopping the blade. Didn't take long to figure out my new belt had stretched way beyond usefulness. I got it at Orschelin's, it is a DEVCO brand. Under an hour use and now useless. I had seen positive comments about link belts and wanted to give them a try but the prices were a deterrent. Then I saw an ad for them from Harbor Freight at $25.00. Worth a try. Installing was easier than the instructions would lead one to believe.
    And, now, as others have reported it has made a dramatic change. Saw runs smoothly (HF calls it a "vibration free" belt) and blade just seems to whistle. I swear it is running faster. Color me happy.
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    I've seen several folks say that's one of the HF gems. Will be interested to hear how well it holds up over time.

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    I have been running link belts for about a decade. Have yet to replace one. I have them on nearly anything that will take one. My bandsaw and drill press are almost silent . . . spooky. I have used the HF brand (forget the actual maker) with Fenner Drives brand, even using sections from each, without issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I have been running link belts for about a decade. Have yet to replace one. I have them on nearly anything that will take one. My bandsaw and drill press are almost silent . . . spooky. I have used the HF brand (forget the actual maker) with Fenner Drives brand, even using sections from each, without issue.
    That's been my experience, too. Got a friend out in Azuza, CA that uses the Fenner red belting on his spoke making machines. Probably has about 500 feet - or more- of it on various machinery. Been using it for over 25 years. Seldom, if ever, has a belt failure.
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    I have been using the Fenner RED link belt on my band saw for probably 15 years, and never found a problem with it. Next (when it needs a new belt) will be my belt sander. They may be a little expensive, but I think they are worth every penny.
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    Glad to see they worked out well for you, Frank. I put the HF link belts on my jointer and drill press, and they smoothed both machines up considerably.
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