Posts Tagged ‘belts’

How-To Replace Snow Blower Belts

Friday, November 14th, 2014

It’s that time of year again – cold, cold, cold, and snow. Before the stormy weather really gets going, it might be a good idea to give your snow blower a check-up. If you have owned your snow blower for more than 5 years, the belts likely need replacing.

Learn how to replace these belts on your own with the help of this how-to.

Tip: To ensure you get several seasons out of your new belts, buy genuine factory belts from the dealer or online. For this you’ll need your snow blower’s make and model number and the engine brand and model number.

Replacing Snow Blower Belts – 8 Simple Steps:

Step 1. Safety first. Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug.

Step 2. Remove the belt cover.

Step 3. Disconnect the chute crank and deflector cable. Then, remove the bolts and split the frame away from the auger housing to access the belts.

(If you see cracks, cuts, fraying or splitting, it’s time to replace the belts.)

Step 4. Remove the old belts. Use a 12 in. extension bar, ratchet and socket to remove the upper belt guard. Then, empty the gas tank and tip the machine up so you can remove the bottom access plate. Slide each belt out, and note how the belts are routed. You will reverse this procedure to install the new belts.

Tip: Take pictures as a reference to make sure the new belts are routed the same way.

Step 5. Inspect the pulleys. If they spin or wobble easily, the bearings may need to be replaced. (This will be covered soon in a future post – stay tuned).

Step 6. Install the new belts. Reverse the process in step 4. Thread the new belts onto the pulleys. Once in place, make sure they aren’t rubbing against any parts of the snow blower.

Step 7. Reconnect the frame by reinstalling the bolts to hold the frame and auger housing together. Also reattach the chute crank and deflector cable.

Step 8. Reattach the belt cover and the spark plug.

Tip: Don’t forget to add fuel back into the gas tank. Also, it’s a good idea to keep spare belts on hand so that if one breaks, you can replace it immediately.

Now that your machine is in top shape, you’ll be ready to take on that first winter snowfall.

How to Measure V-Belts

Friday, October 24th, 2014

When measuring V-Belts you need length and width. If you have a belt measuring tool, that would be the best way to go about it. If not, here are ways that you can measure your belt the right way without a special tool.

First, when you measure a belt, you should mark where you start the measurement. This way, you ensure that the measurement is accurate. After having the starting point measured, you can then wrap the cloth tape measure around the belt once. That would give you the outside circumference.

If you don’t have a cloth tape measure, unrolling your belt onto a hard tape measure would be an option. When you use a hard tape measure, though, avoid wrapping the tape around the belt. Doing so will yield an inaccurate measurement.

Here’s how you can measure your belt if the belt is still on the machine and taking it off is not an option for you. Get a piece of string that you’re sure will fit around the belt. Start at one point and wrap around the whole thing coming back to the starting point. After this, remove your piece of string and measure it with a regular tape measure.

In measuring width, just take your tape measure and put it across the top of the belt. That’s it.

Having those two measurements in hand, the outside circumference as well as width, you can then get the proper belt for your application.

This video below will show how to properly measure each of these variables.

Features of a Great Conveyor Belt

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Conveyor belts play a vital role in machinery. They are made up of several layers, typically composed of rubber or plastic, but materials such as silicon or gum can also be utilized on the surface for chosen applications.

Remarkable conveyor belts have these characteristics:

Top-quality materials must be utilized in manufacturing this equipment so it can endure the test of time and maintain its sturdiness. High-quality base materials don’t only prolong the life of the machine, it also ensures that it can withstand wear and tear and has superior abrasion resistance.

This is a necessary prerequisite that will spare you from drain-your-bank-account maintenance costs in the future. By subjecting the belt to pre-stretching techniques before you install it, the efficiency and usefulness when fitted out will be boosted. Doing so also protects the system from recurrent, baffling breakdowns.

Tiptop equipment emits as little sound as possible. This only displays maximum efficiency and suave functioning.

Conveyor belts must be made in a way that there is equal thickness throughout the length sans curvature. It’s vital for outstanding performance and preventing belt stretch.

High resistance to heat becomes vital particularly in the event that the equipment is employed in internal systems that are constantly used. This paves the way for an outstanding mechanical performance without the hassle of stoppages and breakdowns getting in the way.

In unpredictable weather conditions, the equipment must be able to hold its dimensions. Too much of these changes can bring about operational problems. Quality equipment is carefully manufactures with the use of materials and techniques that would ensure consistent dimensional stability.

These types of belts are incredibly useful and widely used in different industrial and manufacturing processes. It helps in the transformation of goods, making it particularly useful in automated distribution and storage.

However, poorly designed conveyor belts can stir up a variety of issues. This can cause reduced efficiency and massive financial losses. That said, it’s a must to buy only the best quality equipment from reputable suppliers and see to it that it’s carefully maintained so it’s always at full functioning capacity.

Buying a Lawn Mower Belt

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

When you have the right information about lawn mower belts, purchasing a new one won’t be so much of a pain in the neck.

Lawn mower driver belts transfer power from the engine of the lawn mower to the wheels. You can find your lawn mower belt underneath the lawn mower. This belt is situated between the mowing deck and the engine. It is attached to the main drive gear and connected to a pulley attached to the clutch.

The belt tightens to move the wheels when you put the transmission in the forward or reverse gear. And then the belt goes slack and the wheels stop moving when the transmission is put in neutral. Suffice it to say, checking your lawn mower driver belt and deck belt regularly is a must.

There are a plethora of lawn mower belt types in the market. Before you even think of swinging by the store to buy your new lawn mower belt, try looking up the exact type of belt you will need in your lawn mower owner’s manual first. If that’s not possible, you can always touch base with the manufacturer of your lawn mower. You can also find this information on the manufacturer’s Web site.

One style of lawn mower belt is known as an Industrial V-belt. An industrial v-belt is built especially for usage on industrial grade lawn mowers. Industrial lawn mowers could be push or riding mowers, and more often than not have higher horsepower and call for lesser repairs between uses as compared to consumer grade lawn mowers. You can find industrial v-belts from $10 to $20 at your local hardware store or on-line.

Then there’s the Universal Fraction HP, a style of lawn mower belt used on low horsepower, consumer lawn mowers. If you have a consumer lawn mower that has a horsepower beyond 3.5, then you should steer clear of universal fraction HP belts. Universal fraction belts seem to be more affordable compared to industrial v-belts, they’re priced from $5 to $10.

You should know beforehand if the belt you’re on the hunt for is an OEM original belt. These belts are made to meet the standards and specifications set by the original lawn mower manufacturer’s requirements. These belts go through a meticulous testing process so that you be assured they will work on your lawn mower, assuming of course that you get the right one. 🙂 (don’t ask)  For the most part, an OEM lawn mower belt will be in the range of $10 to $50.

If you plan on replacing the belt yourself, be sure to follow the instructions in your owner’s manual. Check that your lawn mower is turned “off” and that the transmission is in neutral. You must also wear protective goggles and gloves. Be sure to dispose of your broken or worn lawn mower belt properly. Ask your local garbage collector if they have a recycling program that paves the way for proper disposal of your used lawn mower belt.

Automotive Belt Line Up

Friday, November 1st, 2013

You can save a large amount of money if you know when to replace the drive belt in your car. Checking it on a regular basis can keep you from getting stranded and spare you from astounding repair bills. The three main types include serpentine belts, standard V-belts, and “cogged” V-belts.

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts are manipulated by a belt tensioner or an idle pulley; it is also dubbed as the “poly-V-belt.” It can “snake” around pulleys, hence the name. The belt is wide and is able to endure higher tension as compared to older belts, lessening pressure on the engine and increasing gas mileage. A serpentine belt must be replaced every five years or 50,000 miles. The majority of new cars have a diagram under the hood that instructs owners how to replace it.

Standard V-belt

The V-belt is a half inch wide, narrower than the former type. Older vehicles are usually the ones that have this type of belt. Its tapered sides fit between pulleys or gears and it is ideal for light loads, considering the flat base doesn’t precisely rotate gears. A standard V-belt must be replaced every three years or 36,000 miles.  Replacement costs are much less, about half the price of a serpentine belt.

Cogged V-belt

The cogged belt is in some ways the same as the standard V-belt; only, it has grooved base. Such grooves pave the way for a firm grip on gears and engine accessories, thus making the belt perfect for high-load applications. Like the standard V belt, the cogged belt must be replaced every three years or 36,000 miles.

Mitsuboshi – Mega Torque G

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Supporting the World’s Leading Injection Molding Technologies

Injection molding machines are used to manufacture structural foam products from precision to large parts.  Japanese injection molding machines enjoy a worldwide reputation for their precision and have gained a 40% market share of the international market.  Traditionally, injection molding machines were mainly of the hydraulic type but in light of recent concerns for the environment the motorized type is increasingly popular as they are cleaner and quieter.  Belts are used in the motorized type for injecting and clamping parts.  For these applications Mitsuboshi Belting has chosen to use a special hard rubber that has high strength and durability and generates a transmission volume that is twice as large as the conventional S8M and S14M.  Mitsuboshi Belting also achieved higher transmission efficiency and lower noise with its products, receiving high acclaim from many of the injection molding machine manufacturers.

Since I’m in the process of working on my belt database …..

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

….. why not talk about belts?

Where can I start.  Why not talk about types .. that sounds like a good place to start.

FHP (3L, 4L, 5L)

  • Designed for light duty, frictional horsepower drives
  • Capable of handling drives with backside idler
  • external wrapping provides a smooth and quiet operation with minimum vibration
  • heat and oil resistant, static conductive

V-Ribbed Belts

Ribstar (J,L,M,PK)

This belt combines the properties or the V-Belt’s high power transmission capability and the Flat Belt flexibility.

  • High-efficiency operation at high speed
  • it can be used on a small diameter pulley because of its enhanced flexibility
  • excellent heat resistance and abrasion resistance
  • compact design application with little belt vibration

Synchronous Belts

Timing belt G (XL, L, H, XH, XXH)

This synchronous transmission belt eliminates the problems of chains and gears.  Extra small pitch type fits well for precision equipment and IT systems

  • thin, lightweight and superior flexibility of this belt allows compact design application
  • it enables efficient high speed power transmission
  • low noise operation compared to chain/gear
  • maintenance free
  • belt can be used in the temperature range between -30 degrees and +90 degrees Celsius

Timing belt U (T80, XL, L, T5, T10)

With its high abrasion resistance and lesser rubber dust dispersion, polyurethane timing belts are suitable for use in place where clean environment are required

  • the best for light-duty transmission which requires high precision
  • suitable for paper feeding use because it does not contaminate contact subject
  • smooth and quiet operation as it is flexible to fit well in small diameter pulleys
  • made to order system enables manufacture of special form order

Super Torque timing belt G&GN (S1.5M, S2M, S3M, S5M, S8M, S14M)

The round tooth belt has a high power transmission property, it expands existing applications of timing betls significantly.  It can be used as an alternative for chains and gears.

  • longer operating life
  • quiet operation
  • possible to transmit high torque with small belt
  • smooth meshing allows noiseless operation

Mega Torque Timing Belt G&U (MTS5M, MTS8M, MTS14M)

  • large transmission capacity is achievable as time of Super Torque G (Rubber)
  • compact design possible — approximately 40% smaller on average for the same pulley diameter and Super Torge G (rubber)
  • existing pulley models can be used.  Super Torque (S8M, S14M) pulley can be used as normal

Industrial V-Belts

Conventional (A, B, C, D, E)

This type is most commonly used as a means for power transmission.  It is economic and available in the market.

  • MBL’s “SET-FREE” system for multiple belt usage is very effective to reduce dimensional differences of each belt
  • Conventional V-Belt is a heavy-duty power transmission belt, which has heat, oil and flex resistance as well as high antistatic property

Triplex Rawedge Cogged (AX, BX, CX)

Widely used power transmission belt.  Cost efficient, ready available and easy changeable

  • designed for tough, small sheave, high speed applications
  • higher horsepower rating requires fewer belts and sheave grooves resulting in lighter more compact drives with lower overall cost
  • heat and oil resistant, static conductive

Maxstar Wedge – Narrow (3V, 5V, 8V)

It has unique, narrow width and high power transmission capability

  • energy-saving and compact design application
  • possible to operate with maximum speed of 40m/sec
  • effective for installations where overall drive cost must be reduced
  • heat and oil resistant, static conductive

Maxstar Wedge Supreme – Narrow Cogged (3VX, 5VX)

Cogged construction reduces bending stress and dissipate heat, especially on drives with smaller sheaves

  • recommended for drives where compact design is required, high speed is necessary and increased horse power needed
  • heat and oil resistant, static conductive

Industrial Banded V-Belts

Conventional Banded (RB, RC, RD)

Triplex Rawedge Cogged (RBX, RCX)

Maxstar Wedge Narrow (R3V, R5V, R8V)

Maxstar Wedge Supreme Narrow Cogged (R5VX)

All the quality features and benefits of single belts — PLUS

  • designed for tough applications where multiple drive belts are subject to heavy shock and pulsating loads
  • banding prevents belt whip, belt turnover, vibration and jumping off that may occur with single belt in multiple drive applications
  • lateral rigidity keeps the belt running in a straight line as it enters the pulley grooves during strong pulsating or shock loads for reduced wear
  • frictional and wedging principles of the V-Belt drive apply and prevent slip at low tension and low bearing loads

Specialty Belts

Double Angle V (AA, BB, CC)

  • for drives where power must be transmitted by both the top and bottom of the belt
  • belts flex equally well in both directions for positive pulley contact
  • good for serpentine or reverse belt drives
  • oil and heat resistant

Vari-Star Variable Speed Belt

  • for drives requiring exact speed control and a maximum range of speed changes
  • cogged design provides flexibility, greater heat dissipation, wide sped ranges and is resistant to cracking
  • strong compression section provides crosswise rigidity that resists distortion
  • oil and heat resistant, static conductive

Polymax Belt (3M, 5M, 7M, 11M)

This is a wide angle belt with an angle of approximately 60 degrees

  • high-speed power transmission with low vibration
  • compact design and cost efficient
  • maintenance free and stretch resistance
  • excellent weather resistance

Super KB Premium FHP Belts (3LK, 4LK, 5LK)

  • for severe operating conditions where light duty FHP belts may stretch or pull apart due to heavy shock loads.
  • aramid fiber is used in the tensile cord for length stability
  • provide greater horsepower than light duty FHP belts
  • special outer covering designed for smooth clutching and backside idler applications
  • resist temperatures extremes, high humidity, oil and cracking

Open End V Perforated (QM, QA, QB, QC)

  • for drives where the installation of an endless V-belt is not practical
  • often used as a temporary V-belt replacement when the original belt is hot immediately available
  • perforated open-end design uses metal fasteners for connecting

The above information was found on one of our MBL/Mitsuboshi flyers.  We are proud to be a supplier for MBL/Mitsuboshi and will be respectfully offering this line on our storefront.