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Hello :)

I have just bought a Myford ml8 lathe and the belt need to be changed. I know I have the choice of v belt or buy linked belts. Which is the best?
 

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Hi,
mine runs on link it saves disturbing the bearings and pulling the mandrel to do a belt change.

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A link belt will be a bit dearer than a standard V-belt but you won't have to spend hours pulling the headstock apart and putting it back together.
 

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Is the linked belt more noisy than v belt?
 

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Hi, I can't say that I have ever noticed it to be.
I also recently fitted link to an engineering lathe and that is no noisier.

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Some people argue that linked belts are actually less noisy and have less vibration because they don't hold a set if left in place for a long time like a rubber belt will.
 

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Ohhh linked belt it is then :) Thanks guys!

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Make sure you fit the belt the correct way round to match the direction of rotation so that it naturally tightens links under load.
 

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Will do :) since these linked belts are so expensive I reckon the last a long time?

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You'll need to buy 2m in order to sort the ML8 its about £14 per m with free postage on a certain auction site. Theoretically it should last a long time if correctly aligned and not mistreated.

Andy
 

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