V-Belts will last longer and perform better if they are given proper care and attention. Here’s some tips from us:
Proper V-belt care:
→ Check pulley alignment. Incorrect alignment may dramatically shorten belt life.
→ Ensure the pulley main components are well lubricated at all times.
→ Pay attention to the pulley grooves, they should all be the same dimensions.
→ Check the pulleys for any abrasions and remove any rust, dirt or grease that may negatively affect belt life.
→ Ensure all components are free from debris buildup to allow maximum heat dispersal.
Proper V-belt installation:
→ Locate the belt by moving the motor.
→ Put belts onto the pulleys one by one, start with the driving pulley.
→ Do not use a lever to force belts onto pulleys, instead slowly turn the belt onto the pulley to install it.
→ Apply tension to prevent slippage. Run at full load for 5 minutes and re-tension. If necessary, re-adjust tension after belts have been in operation a few days.
→ Do not combine new and used belts in the same set. Unbalanced stretch will shorten belt life.