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Old 10-27-2008, 10:04 PM
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Thumbs up Fenner Power Twist Belts

I recently acquired a "new" 11 year old HF 7X12 horizontal bandsaw. It's new because it was still in the shipping crate but 11 year old because the seller's father had purchased it 11 years ago but then didn't use it. The father passed away and his son was disposing of it. I ended up buying it for $375.

I found that every greased adjustment on the saw was locked with a gummy glue like substance that had a resemblance to grease but not the function of grease. However, it cleaned up rather easily and all the adjustments worked well with fresh grease.

I knew the v belt had been under tension for the last 11 years without moving so I was planning on replacing it. Of course, I had to test it immediately and sure enough the v belt had to go. I had always heard good things about about the segmented belts but I guess I was still skeptical. I did some searches on this forum as well and found several people using them so I went ahead and ordered a length of the Fenner Power Twist belt for the bandsaw.

The belt is easy to adjust and it has the advantage that it can be assembled in place, on the equipment, if you normally need to disassemble stuff to replace a standard belt. The instructions recommended assembling the last segment with the belt upside down (with the v facing you). I didn't find that procedure to be necessary. They also claim you can assemble the links with your fingers but I found a needle nose pliers to be the most effective tool for hooking the last tab into the belt. My fingers are not small enough or strong enough to lock the last tab in.

Once I tensioned the belt, I turned the bandsaw on and I noticed a marked reduction in vibration. I haven't had a big project to give the belt a rigorous test yet but I am impressed enough with the vibration reduction that I think I will order enough to do my Craftsman drill press that loves to rattle the belt cover from belt vibration. So far, I give the Fenner Power Twist belt a big thumbs up!
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:14 PM
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Did you open the gearbox & replace the oil?

Some of them Chinee saws arrive with sand or shavings in the gears.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:55 PM
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I've got those belts on several tools in my woodshop - tablesaw, drill press, and lathe. They were a worthwhile investment for sure. I need to put them on a couple of other things as well. The price was about $5/ft back 7 or 8 years ago but they are probably twice as expensive now.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:07 AM
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Thanx for the info. Been delaying getting myself these belts cause they so expensive over here.

Good to know that it will be a worthwhile investment.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:49 AM
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Check the box oil... My saw had NO OIL in it!
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:38 AM
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One of the companies I used to work for, the commerical/home HVAC division, went to the Fenner style belt, to cut down on v-belt inventory, each one of the sevice trucks got a 250' box of 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" belt material, and completely got rid of regular belts. I've been using it for years, on just about everything I can.

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Only thing to use on a lathe..
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:56 AM
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Yes, I checked the gear box and it was full of clean gear oil. I think I am still going to replace it just to make sure it has the right stuff in it.
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