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#1 broken arrow OFFLINE  

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Posted February 11, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Hi all,

While playing in the snow with my old Struck dozer, I snapped the left side reverse belt.

(these belts are probably original and are close to 40 years old)

I can still play with it but have to be careful not to get myself in a position that needs to reverse that side.

So...

I would like your opinions on the best, forever, never need to replace, belt ever made.

Because of how much needs to be dis-assembled to get to this one belt, I would like to replace all the belts and any questionable bearings while I'm in there.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks for looking,

Dave


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 10:30 AM

I love the blue kevlar belts.  Been using them for a few years now with no issues whatsoever.  Tractor drive clutches seem to be pretty gentle on belts, IMO, and since they are 5/8, they tend to really last.

 

Attachments using 1/2" belts can test a belt...I use everything from chippers, bush cutters, Sweepsters, etc with the blue belts and they serve me very well.  They can be found under various brands at your local tractor supply.  Prices are tough to beat.  By comparison, I've picked up a belt or three from the local auto place, when I'm out and about and toast an old 40yr old belt.  Those black rubber belts I can really eat up with little effort.


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 10:42 AM

I run the blue kevlar belts from tractor supply and really like them, the 2 on my cub 108 are about 4 yrs old and still look new and I mow with it weekly.
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Posted February 11, 2016 - 11:05 AM

Let's see - original belt lasts 40 years and it's a pain to replace so you want one that will last longer.  You must be a little younger than me. :poke:


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 11:10 AM

No belt will last forever but the best ones to buy would be USA made kevlar type belts, the ones I carry here are red in color these are the best you can buy and I have done hours of research and experimenting with all the major belt manufactures.

 

What sizes do you need? I'll quote you some prices


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 02:35 PM

No belt will last forever but the best ones to buy would be USA made kevlar type belts, the ones I carry here are red in color these are the best you can buy and I have done hours of research and experimenting with all the major belt manufactures.

 

What sizes do you need? I'll quote you some prices

I'll double check the "book" sizes with the "actual" sizes and get back to you.

Thanks,

Dave



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Posted February 11, 2016 - 02:37 PM

Let's see - original belt lasts 40 years and it's a pain to replace so you want one that will last longer.  You must be a little younger than me. :poke:

This job is going to be such a pain that I just don't want to have to do this again.

As far as age... if they last another 40 years it won't be me replacing them.


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 02:43 PM

Best I've found is the Gates green stripe.  Very tough!

 

I tried the Stens blue belts with a lifetime guarantee and found they don't hold up.  Yeah I can get it replaced free but I don't like changing them out every month or so. 


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 09:06 PM

The Red Aramid fiber Kevlar belts are the best you can get.They are almost double the price of a normal Kevlar belt but well worth it in the long run.



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Posted February 11, 2016 - 09:16 PM

The Red Aramid fiber Kevlar belts are the best you can get.They are almost double the price of a normal Kevlar belt but well worth it in the long run.

 

Depends where you get them :thumbs:  :poke:


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 09:35 PM

Navy web belts work great on my trousers! I agree about the red belts haven't had a bad experience with one yet.

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Posted February 11, 2016 - 09:56 PM

I just buy from Brian. (Bolens 1000)

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Posted February 12, 2016 - 08:07 AM

I just buy from Brian. (Bolens 1000)

On a Wheel Horse, the drive belt can be an issue if it is too ridgid until it breaks in. Is this a problem with Kevlar?



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Posted February 12, 2016 - 09:51 AM

Yeah have the same problem with my WH it eats through belts

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Posted February 12, 2016 - 10:30 AM

On a Wheel Horse, the drive belt can be an issue if it is too ridgid until it breaks in. Is this a problem with Kevlar?

 

Yeah have the same problem with my WH it eats through belts

 

I'm assuming these are specialty belts If you have the part numbers I can check but there are special belts made with special materials where a kevlar may not be a good replacement.






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