View Full Version : Link belt Mower Deck

06-05-2012, 04:58 PM
Is a link belt a good/bad idea for a mower deck?

06-05-2012, 05:27 PM
The link belt probably can't hold up to that kind of rough service. If you need extra flexibility you might think about a V belt with notches on the inside.

06-05-2012, 06:49 PM
Link-Belt is in the business of manufacturing heavier equipment, cranes , etc. I wasn't aware of a mower deck. My experience is that there equipment is top of the line and first class.
I don't think you can go wrong with Link-belt equipment, it will probably last a lifetime.

06-05-2012, 07:07 PM
Toolguy may be more educated or experienced on this subject than I, however if you look at Fenner Drive's web site http://www.fennerdrives.com/high_performance_composite_vbelts/hpc_vbelts.asp?_kk=599c0c3f-eeda-4196-b7a1-94644599b9a6&_kt=12860121241&gclid=CMLxs5uMuLACFQSxnQodbEwj9g you will find more specific information. Apparently these belts are used on some pretty heavy stuff. They even advertise they replace "Any Belt Any Time".

06-05-2012, 07:16 PM
If your'e talking about the "Link-Belt" that we use on power tools/machines, no, don't use that, it will not stand up to the strain , reverse bends, dirt, crap etc.
Buy the industrial belt they sell for that application, here the brand is "Gates" and the belts are a green colour. Good belts.

06-05-2012, 07:29 PM
The backside would be hell on the idler pulleys, or vice versa.

David Powell
06-05-2012, 10:13 PM
Bad idea, Belt soon got destroyed. Seemed like a good idea but was not.Regards David Powell.

06-05-2012, 10:37 PM
Forgot to mention those belts have a unmarked rotation to run.
The inside "Tabs" must be able to fold down around inside corners.

06-05-2012, 11:59 PM
In reality, those are "emergency" or low stress application belts only, so you need to use a bit of common sense when installing them. They might last forever, or they might last 5 minutes. If the belt on your mower or lathe breaks, no biggie. You arent stuck anywhere and likely havent destroyed anything. If you install one on a vehicle, it breaks and does damage, youre stuck going for a walk, paying an expensive bill, and if the dealer sees it you will lose your warranty on a new vehicle.

The military has had them for 30+ years now as a "one size fits all" emergency belt for vehicles. I installed and later deinstalled a few hundred of them when I was still enlisted.

06-07-2012, 02:27 PM
FYI. I called Fenner and the tech said, emphatically, "no"....not recommended for that. Thanks for all the replies!