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Jrreyboi
02-11-2013, 07:15 AM
Long-time prospector here but a newbie dredger here with a few questions with regard to the drive belt for a T-80 compressor pared with a 6.5HP Intek Pro.

As I understand it, you have to remove the pump to install the drive belt to run the compressor. My question is do any of you have experience with “Link Belts” or “Power Twist V Belt” that allows you to change belts without removing the pump? For those of you not familiar with this, these belts allow you to remove/replace the drive belt streamside by simply adding/removing links to get the right size belt. It seems like a major disadvantage to have to remove the pump to install the belt.

In addition, when I dredge without the need of a compressor do you leave the belt on to run the compressor and simply not use it? From my perspective the “Link Belt” looks like a great solution and I’d appreciate any insight you may have with regard to your experiences on this. http://www.fennerdrives.com/powertwist-plus/

Here is a video I found with one in use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MYM6Y2RzK8

Brian Berkhahn
02-11-2013, 09:10 AM
Personally I would just leave the v-belt on it.. don't worry about it, as long as you don't have the belt so tight where it'll wear out the bearings inside the T-80 you should be good. Those powertwist belts are good for emergencies such as your v-belt breaking and need something to get you through the day but they were not meant to be permanent (from my understanding anyways).

Just my 2 cents

Jrreyboi
02-11-2013, 09:44 AM
Thanks Brian, the dredge does not have a belt on it now and my thoughts were that in order to avoid tearning it down I'd opt for the Link Belt. Do I need to replace the gasket each and every time I take the pump off?

LipCa
02-12-2013, 07:15 AM
I used a link belt for many years and never had to replace it. That would be my first choice....never have to take that pump off for a belt.

49er Mike
02-12-2013, 04:27 PM
I have to agree with LipCa...the link belt is the way to go. A quality belt will last forever...well, I have never had to replace one! Also, if you DID have to replace it, quick and easy with no pump removal. The best price I have found was from Harbor Freight, one of the few products made in the USA that they sell! These belts are quite a bit longer than you need, so you buy one and get to make several from it. http://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html

Steve Herschbach
02-12-2013, 05:09 PM
You know, that is the best little tidbit I have seen in a while. Thanks!

LipCa
02-12-2013, 06:14 PM
Mike,

for some reason I could not get your link to work? Maybe my computer...

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=linkbelt

Jrreyboi
02-12-2013, 08:05 PM
Excellent dialog, thanks once again for the insight....

Brian Berkhahn
02-12-2013, 09:27 PM
Maybe I'll have to try one since people here have tried them for years and had not a single problem. I talked to the guys up here at Alaska Rubber & Supply Co. and there the ones that told me it was for emergency use's only.

Thanks.

chickenminer
02-12-2013, 11:38 PM
The Jason Accu-Link belting is real handy stuff. You guys shouldn't be without it.

The v-belt that ran the generator on my D-7 broke and it is a pain to change 'cause
it's the inside belt. I got the Accu-Link belt for a "quick fix" until I had more time to mess with it.........well that was three years ago!

LipCa
02-14-2013, 09:26 PM
This is a link to an ebay sale on link belts but it has some good views of the link belt in the description:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Link-Belting-1-2-wide-x-25-foot-box-NEW-ITEM-/160397306671

Jrreyboi
02-15-2013, 11:13 AM
Guys, I picked up a 5ft. section at Harbor Freight yesterday for $25. They were in stock at the local store here in Boise. This was the same link that 49'er Mike provided: http://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html

49er Mike
02-18-2013, 02:40 PM
LipCa, sorry...the link works for me.

49er Mike